Kathleen Gobush to Lead Hawaiian Monk Seal Mortality Mitigation Group

The PIFSC Protected Species Division has strengthened its monk seal mortality mitigation research program with the hiring of Dr. Kathleen Gobush, a Research Ecologist. Gobush is a recent graduate of the University of Washington's Center for Conservation Biology, where she completed a doctoral dissertation on the long-term effects of poaching on relatedness, physiology, and reproductive output of female African elephants. She has also conducted field research on the behavioral ecology of several wild species, including tamarins in Brazil, bats in Trinidad, and elk in northern California. As head of the Monk Seal Mortality Mitigation Group, Gobush will oversee research projects, conduct statistical analyses, prepare status reports and manuscripts for publication, and provide scientific advice on ways to enhance monk seal recovery.

For more information contact: Charles Littnan