Dr. Donald E. Lyons
Director of Conservation Science
Dr. Don Lyons joined Audubon in 2018 and now leads seabird research and stewardship efforts at our sanctuary network of seven seabird nesting islands in Maine as well as contributing to conservation and research projects elsewhere. He has worked on seabird ecology and conservation for over 20 years from the North Atlantic in Maine to the South Pacific in Indonesia, and provided leadership on 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. His current efforts include expanding the use of seabird diet and reproductive performance to inform fisheries management, assessing the impacts of our warming climate on marine ecosystems, and the restoration of vulnerable tern and alcid populations.
Don also serves as an instructor at the Hog Island Audubon Camp and Oregon State University where he holds an Assistant Professor (Research) appointment in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. He has taught courses on seabird ecology and conservation, physiology of marine megaphauna, and natural resource management, and regularly advises graduate students.
Tiffany’s path to Audubon’s Seabird Institute in Maine echoes the far flung migratory journeys made by seabirds themselves. A bird lover originally from the Midwest, she honed her birding skills while in Texas at Angelo State University, birding west Texas and banding birds along the Rio Grande valley in snake chaps with her organic chemistry professors. With Chemistry and Biology degrees in her pocket, life eventually took her to Europe. She was bitten hard by the travel bug and stayed in Europe for over 18 years working in a variety of industries – environmental, construction, government and pharmaceutical. She became particularly adept at business development efforts across the region, working to expand companies during their early growth phases. Her last European management stint with an Omega-3 ingredient pharma manufacturer revealed the world of commercial fisheries and the importance of sustainable fishing practices. Her homeland began to call, however, after a summer trip to Maine reminded her of the beauty of America’s nature and the generosity of its people. Tiffany returned to the U.S. in 2016 to join the National Audubon Society as Managing Director of the former Seabird Restoration Program one year after first glimpsing an Atlantic Puffin in Maine. Tiffany is thrilled to be leading the operational transformation of the Seabird Institute and creating a conservation voice for the seabirds that live their lives completely at sea, out of sight, and out of mind.
Senior Office Assistant
Kelly is a Maine native who has worked for arts and education nonprofits for over two decades, wearing a variety of hats. She comes from a long line of teachers and, after graduating from Smith College, taught dance and musical theatre in schools and community organizations across Southern Maine. As office manager for the Ocean Park Association, Kelly enjoyed supporting the educational and outreach mission of this historic Chautauqua community. At Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School, she juggled the roles of stage manager, resident techie, and office mom. No matter where she’s lived and worked, Kelly has always been fortunate to be near the woods and water. When not desk-bound, Kelly can be found hiking the trails with her two Labradors.
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.
Lindsy comes to Audubon with a versatile background in process creation and supply chain management. After spending several years at the Chewonki Foundation and exploring the outdoor education experience, she is eager to channel this knowledge into the Seabird Restoration Program.
Prior to this work experience, Lindsy lived in Hawaii for 8 years where she developed her love for the ocean and began her career in the Nonprofit world. After working for several of Imua Family Services’ programs including Camp Imua, she is thrilled to apply those valuable skills to the Todd Wildlife Sanctuary and Hog Island, Bremen location. After growing a flock of her own, Lindsy takes pride in teaching her children about the evolving world we live in by instilling courage and kindness in her children. She looks forward to being a part of an effort that nurtures our community as well as our environment.
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Development and Communications Associate
Kimberly is a nonprofit administrator who has worked with organizations to streamline development operations, increase donor and community engagement, and provide logistical operations support. She has developed the firm belief that community engagement has a symbiotic relationship with philanthropy and everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, should have the opportunity to make their voices heard. She graduated from Elizabethtown College after studying Music and Business Administration. Since graduation, she has worked with numerous performing arts organizations and is thrilled to be spreading her wings with the National Audubon Society’s Seabird Institute. A native of south-central Pennsylvania, she is a lover of the region’s chocolate, the Philadelphia Eagles and trips to NYC for Broadway performances. In 2016, she relocated to Lincoln County, Maine where she now lives with her partner and their dog.
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, Underground Flute Operative (UFO) 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 likes to wear many hats. Project Puffin's own Disney Hero, she has been the Outreach Educator for Project Puffin since 2000. Sharing real data from the Maine seabird islands, and personal experience from seabird colonies around the world, she hopes to encourage a new generation of conservation biologists. During our Maine field season, Sue, as Assistant Sanctuary Manager, provides logistical support to the island researchers on our seven seabird isalnds, and helps maintain the field camps there. She is the chief painter of decoys which fly from our Maine "Mad River Decoys by Audubon" shop to conservation projects around the world. Sue's desire to travel and work on far-flung islands has led her to pursue avian paleontology in the Cook and Pitcairn Islands, archaeology in Micronesia, seabird restoration in the Galapagos and California, and personal fun in Iceland and the Carribean. She has built sound systems to attact many species of seabirds to dozens of safe locations from Asia to Bermuda. Sue lives in a handbuilt house in the woods of Maine, where the dogs bark happily when the traveling daughter returns for a visit.
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.
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. Steve has also served as 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). Prior to working for Audubon, he was Assistant Director of the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center in Yellow Springs, OH, where he taught Field Ornithology and founded the Glen Helen Raptor Rehabilitation Center. Steve is currently a Visiting Fellow for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY, where he taught a popular birding course called Spring Field Ornithology. Steve continues to teach his Spring Ornithology course, which is now available via the Cayuga Bird Club.