Dr. Donald E. Lyons
Director of Conservation Science
Dr. Don Lyons comes to Audubon's Seabird Restoration Program from Oregon State University, where he has worked on seabird science and conservation for 20 years as a graduate student, post-doc, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. He is involved with many projects directly derived from SRP methods or closely aligned with current SRP interests. These include restoring seabird colonies using social attraction and understanding the relationship between seabirds and forage fish. His background as an electrical engineer and seabird biologist help him further research on tracking seabird foraging, dispersal, and migration using both banding and electronic tagging and assessing the impacts of changes in ocean climate on seabird breeding success and population resiliency.
In recent years, he has provided leadership with projects of great conservation relevance such as colony restoration for the critically endangered Chinese Crested Tern in Asia, investigations of the steep decline of Aleutian Terns in Alaska, and reduction of conflicts between Caspian Terns and threatened salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest. He is also an educator, teaching courses in seabird biology at Oregon State University.
Tiffany brings 15 years of business management and development experience to the Seabird Restoration Program. She honed her skills in a variety of industries (environmental, construction, government, pharmaceutical) during 18 years living and working in Europe. She was particularly adept at business development efforts across the region, working to expand companies during their early growth phases. She speaks both German and Spanish and holds a Master of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Angelo State University. Previously an avid birder, whitewater kayaker, skier, and hunter of French antiques, she now spends her leisure time traveling with her daughter or cooking up recipes gathered from countries afar. That is, when NOT trying to find an excuse to visit Hog Island Audubon Camp or one of the seabird islands in Maine.
As Associate Director of the Seabird Restoration Program. Rose is responsible for all logistics and finances at both the Ithaca office and the Audubon Base in located in Bremen, ME. She also creates and maintains the summer intern/volunteer/staff schedules. She has a B.Sc. in Animal Science from Cornell University, and is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, specializing in raptors. She maintained a turkey vulture "TuVu" for years, as well as two red-tailed hawks who functioned as "wildlife ambassadors" and were used to accompany her to educational presentations given to groups ranging in age from pre-school through adult. She also knows the value of a good antique and good food on the research islands.
Adrian has worked at Hog Island for the past four summers. In the winter Adrian works in the Audubon Decoy workshop on the mainland. As the facilities assistant Adrian is the man behind-the-scenes that keeps the camp running. He hauls recycling and trash across the Narrows, keeps our camp vans in clean condition and is a quintessential handy-man fixing our historic buildings and keeping everything in top notch order. Adrian lives in Bremen, Maine and enjoys hiking in his free time.
André's research experiences and education integrate a lifetime of learning encompassing four continents (North, Central and South America; Europe; Antarctica), many terrestrial and freshwater communities including polar, temperate and tropical ecosystems, three ocean systems (Atlantic, Pacific, and Antarctic), and research projects dedicated to the conservation of birds, mammals, and fish. André began his adventures with Project Puffin in 1995 as an island intern. From 1996-97 and 1998-01 he was the island supervisor on EER and Seal Island, respectively. And since 2001, he's been providing consulting services in database design and data analysis to Project Puffin. Prior to working for Project Puffin, André was an intern at the Audubon Ecology Camp on Hog Island (1993-94). André attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts from 1990-94 (BA), the University of New Brunswick from 2000-05 (PhD), the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 2005-2008 (postdoctoral fellow), and Colorado State University from 2009-2015 (postdoctoral fellow). André founded Insight Database Design and Consulting, a database design and data analysis company, in 2008. He lives part of the year in Hamburg, Germany, and the remainder in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Annual Giving Manager
Ruth is the Annual Giving Manager for Project Puffin. She joined the Project in 1997. She holds a BS degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Penn State University.
Hog Island Program Manager/
Hog Island Webmaster/Social Media
Eva Matthews has a ten-year career of teaching environmental science to students across the Southeast and a particular interest in volunteer management with over eight years of experience. She has an MS degree in Recreation & Parks Management from Frostburg State University and a BS degree in Environmental Science from Lander University. In her free time she loves to travel, spend time with her shelter pups, and partake in friendly birding competitions with her friends.
Manager, Project Puffin Visitor Center (PPVC)
Susie is the manager of the Project Puffin Visitor Center located in Rockland, Maine and by chance she met Steve Kress in the summer of 2006 and realized working at the Project Puffin Visitor Center would be a wonderful place where her birding and educational experience could collide. She attended Unity College in Unity Maine and graduated from Northland College in 1999 with a BS in Outdoor Education with an emphasis in Natural History. Between the years of 1996-1999 she worked in the ornithology field banding birds and nest searching and from 1999 to 2002 she worked at various environmental education centers teaching kids. In 2005 Susie received her teaching certification from Appalachian University and moved back up to Maine to start her teaching career. Susie lives in Union, ME with her husband and son, and enjoys being creative in her free time.
Terry P. Mingle
Assistant to the Director/
Seabird Restoration Program Webmaster/Social Media
Terry began working part-time for Steve Kress and Project Puffin in 2006. In addition to her duties as Assistant to the Director/Webmaster/Social Media contact, she has also assisted with grants and contracts, and organizing annual Contributor Trips in the summer months in Maine. Education-wise, she studied flute/voice at Shenandoah University, but soon transferred to Mansfield University, where she completed a B.A. in Music Merchandising (Music/Business/Marketing). Outside interests (besides birds) include performing in various music groups in and around Central NY, including the CNY Flute Choir, Cortland Area Flute Ensemble, Espressivo Flute Quartet, and Trio Presto. She also plays in the Cortland Old Timers (concert) Band, and Blue Monday band (she has an endorsement with iGuitar). Before joining the Project Puffin team, Terry worked with Dr. Kress as coordinator/event planner for his popular local birding course Spring Field Ornithology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY (where she still works full-time). And just one more item, which is that Terry firmly believes that the ONLY puffins anyone should ever be eating are "Seabird Sue" Schubel's delicious Cream Puffins - and she encourages you to try making a batch sometime!
Ima Puffin is Project Puffin's official (and much beloved) "spokespuffin" - helping to spread the message in online social communities about how important Project Puffin's work is, and to help educate people (both children and adults) about conservation and stewardship. Ima is a fun-loving puffin!
"Seabird Sue" Schubel is Project Puffin's own Disney Hero, and has been the Outreach Educator for Project Puffin since 2000. She loves to engage her students (usually elementary school age) in exciting learning activities and share real data from the seabird islands with them. Her acquaintance with Project Puffin began in high school, when she saw Marlin Perkins rowing ashore with Steve on Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom". By strange coincidence her Ornithology professor at UNH knew the project well, and directed her to the Audubon Camp at Hog Island. She first volunteered as a research assistant on Matinicus Rock in 1984, and since then has spent many summers on Maine seabird islands, in addition to seabird stints in California and Galapagos. Her current summer island base is as a caretaker for Maine Audubon's Hog Island Audubon Center, where much of the wildlife is human, but she keeps her hand in the seabird restoration business by supplying sound attraction equipment to projects from Bermuda to Hawaii, and Quebec to Baja. Sue loves islands and beasts, and recently acquired a dog with very familiar little black triangles over its eyes.
Seabird Sanctuary Manager
Paula Shannon is the Seabird Sanctuary Manager for the National Audubon Society's Seabird Restoration Program (SRP). She began working for SRP in 2002, as Island Supervisor on Matinicus Rock, Maine's most diverse seabird colony. She continued in this role for five years until 2006, participating in various projects involving alcids, terns, gulls, storm-petrels, and shearwaters. In 2011 she returned to SRP, supervising the research and management of all seven of SRP’s field stations. She has also studied seabirds in Alaska and Hawaii, leading fieldwork on seabirds for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska's Pribilof and Semidi Islands from 2008-2010, and serving as a biologist in the French Frigate Shoals in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. Paula also worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon, with much of her work focused on Marbled Murrelets. In addition to her work with seabirds, Paula has worked on numerous avian research and conservation projects across the United States, including work with raptors, songbirds, and shorebirds. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, which is where she first developed a love and appreciation for the Maine coast.
Facilities Manager - Todd Wildlife Sanctuary
In his over 15 years working at Audubon and Hog Island, Eric has had the pleasure of sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge of the Maine ecosystem with thousands of program participants. Since earning a BA in Geology, and minors in Biology and Geography from Vassar College, Eric has traveled extensively - including sailing his boat around the Bahamas to survey shorebirds; environmental audio collection throughout Southeast Asia; and geologic research across the pacific. Eric has worked on most of the Seabird Islands managed by Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, and helps to maintain the live cams operating on Audubon islands. He helped build out decoy and conservation product manufacturing at Audubon, and continues to innovate new product development. On Hog Island, Eric manages the full time seasonal staff, operation of the facilities and infrastructure, and is resident boat captain and diver. He also instructs classes in geology, island ecology, astronomy, natural history and is Co-director of the Saving Seabirds session on Hog Island. When not working, Eric enjoys dancing tango, martial arts, traveling outdoors, and learning.
Diane has been creating graphic materials for the Seabird Restoration Program since 1991. She is responsible for the design and layout of most of the project's printed materials, including CDs, DVDs, and the Egg Rock Update newsletter. She also came up with the initial layout/design for the second generation of the Project Puffin web site. Diane works full-time as Design Director for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and operates Green Heron Graphics, a freelance graphic-design business. She has been a birder for 30 years, but never saw a puffin until she became involved with Project Puffin. In her free time Diane is learning Japanese. She enjoys watching anime amd jdorama, cooking, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Deborah J. Wood
Debbie, who hails from Freeville, NY, is the Office Manager for Project Puffin and the Seabird Restoration Program. Debbie is responsible for all the financial income and payables that are received for Project Puffin and are recorded in the Puffin Donor Database program. In addition, Debbie assists Rose Borzik and Steve Kress with office management and development. Previously, Debbie worked for 14 years with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the Bookshop and also in the Slide Department. Debbie has an AA degree in Primary School Education, and taught kindergarten and 2nd grade for 2 years until she gave it up to have her own family. She also has a minor in secretarial and computer science. Deb has been working with Steve and Rose on Project Puffin since 1999. Outside interests including sewing, and spending time with her husband George, her two children, daughter Kelly, and son Justin. She also very much enjoys her wonderful grandchildren. Her interests include stock car racing, and watching the Yankees win over the Red Sox.
Dr. Stephen W. Kress
Founder and Former Executive Director
Steve Kress is our Founder and was Executive Director of the Seabird Restoration Program and Vice president for Bird Conservation of the National Audubon Society for many years. He received his B. S. in Zoology and M.S. in Wildlife Management from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. in Environmental Education from Cornell University. Steve began Project Puffin in 1973 and served as the Director from then until 2019, when he retired. Other roles that Steve has taken on include: Manager of National Audubon's Maine Coastal Island Sanctuaries, Ornithology Instructor at the Audubon Camp in Maine on Hog Island from 1969 through 1981, and Director of the camp from 1982 through 1986 (as well as serving as Director once again just before his retirement). In addition, Steve served as a Laboratory Associate at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY, where he taught a very popular annual local birding course called Spring Field Ornithology. Steve continues to teach his Spring Ornithology course in Ithaca, but now it is available via the Cayuga Bird Club.