Jessi Hallman Behnke

Jessi Hallman Behnke

Ms. Jessi Hallman Behnke is the lead biologist at Planning Solutions, Inc.  After earning degrees in wildlife ecology and zoology, she worked as a conservation biologist in a number of roles in Hawaiʻi over the past decade.  Ms. Behnke has worked as a field biologist, served as an ecologist for the creation of a predator-free refuge for endangered seabirds, and as a planner and co-author for the Kauaʻi Seabird Habitat Conservation Program.  She has in-depth knowledge of state and federal regulations governing wildlife management, has worked with regulatory agencies in developing and implementing conservation plans, and is an excellent technical writer.   

SHE IS AFFILIATED WITH:

  • the American Ornithologists Union (AOU) 

  • the Pacific Seabird Group

 HER PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE INCLUDES: 

  • Habitat Conservation Planning

  • Ecosystem Restoration Planning

  • Biological Field Research

  • ESA Section 7 Reviews

  • Biological Impact Analysis

  • Certified Commercial Applicator of Restricted-use Pesticides, HDOA

  • Hazardous Waste Operations (Oil Spill) Emergency Response Training (OSHA)

  • Basic Helicopter Safety Training (IAT Course A-101)

  • Faller Class A Chainsaw Certified, USFWS

  • SCUBA Diver, NAUI certified

ms. behnke’S EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIALS CONSIST OF: 

  • Master of Science (MS), Zoology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

  • Bachelor of Science (BS), Wildlife Biology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

Her WORK EXPERIENCE, STARTING FROM THE MOST RECENT, INCLUDES: 

  • Biologist, Planning Solutions, Inc., Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

  • Conservation Associate, Kauaʻi Seabird Habitat Conservation Program, Līhuʻe, Hawaiʻi

  • Ecologist, Pacific Rim Conservation, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

  • Ornithological Radar Technician, Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Project, Hanapēpē, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi 

SELECTED PROJECTS IN WHICH MS. BEHNKE HAS HAD A PRINCIPAL ROLE INCLUDE:  

  • Kauaʻi Seabird Habitat Conservation Program, Līhuʻe Hawaiʻi

  • Nihoku Ecosystem Restoration Project, Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi

  • Sublethal Inorganic Contaminants in Pacific Scoters, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

  • Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project Radar Surveys to Monitor Populations of Newell’s Shearwaters and Hawaiian Petrels on Kauaʻi

  • Kauaʻi Endangered Seabird Recovery Project Exploratory Field Surveys to Locate Breeding Colonies of Newell’s Shearwaters, Hawaiian Petrels, and Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi

  • Offshore Marine Vertebrate Surveys, Crescent Coastal Research, Brookings to Astoria, Oregon

  • Offshore Marine Vertebrate Surveys, PSW Research Station, Redwood Sciences Laboratory, Coast of Central Oregon to Northern California

  • Invasive Coqui Frog Population Study at Lava Tree State Park, Hawaiʻi

  • Songbird Survival and Reproduction Monitoring During Breeding Season, Goosenest Adaptive Management Area, Klamath National Forest, California

  • Marbled Murrelet Surveys, LBJ Enterprises, Grizzly Creek, Humboldt Co., California