Christina Ryder is currently a Wildlife Biologist based in Arlington, Virginia with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Christina fell in love with Kure during her field camp adventures in 2006 and again in 2007. Prior to her work in Washington D.C. with the USFWS, she worked in Hawaii for over six years on conservation and natural resource management issues. While there she worked on a diversity of projects working for the State of Hawaii, Ducks Unlimited, the Pacific Coast Joint Venture, and as a private contractor. Her experiences involved conducting fieldwork and scientific research into wetland ecology and water birds. Christina has written several grants, securing funding to restore and preserve the unique ecosystems on Kure Atoll.