Lizabeth Kashinsky has worked for the NOAA Fisheries Hawaiian monk seal research Program since 1997. Over the years she has participated in numerous research activities in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Lizabeth felt an immediate connection to Kure on a short trip there in the late `90s, never imagining that she would lead a monk seal field camp there a few years later. Lizabeth’s passion for the conservation of Hawaii’s native biota began while working as a student intern for The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii in 1994. She is forever grateful to those who opened her eyes to the world of Hawaii’s native plants, animals, and ecosystems, which she is committed to help protect.