For more than 75 years, The Wildlife Society has been influencing the future of wildlife and wild places for the benefit of generations to come.
The Wildlife Society Hawai‘i Chapter
The Wildlife Society Hawai‘i Chapter dedicates itself to the conservation and preservation of flora and fauna endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawai‘i Chapter is part of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society. Its membership is drawn from Honolulu, Kaua‘i, Mau‘i, and Hawai‘i (Big Island) counties.
TWS Hawai‘i Chapter’s objectives are to:
- Promote the sound stewardship of wildlife and their habitats in Hawai‘i and the Pacific.
- Promote the conservation of indigenous and endemic Hawaiian and other Pacific wildlife and their habitats.
- Promote the development of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for success of wildlife professionals and the conservation community in the State of Hawai‘i and Pacific.
The Wildlife Society
Founded in 1937, The Wildlife Society is an international non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. Our mission is to enhance the ability of wildlife professionals to conserve diversity, sustain productivity, and ensure responsible use of wildlife resources for the benefit of society. The Wildlife Society encourages professional growth through certification peer-review Publications, and Conferences. TWS is an international organization committed to addressing national and international issues that affect the current and future status of wildlife in North America and throughout the world.
Society members are dedicated to sustainable management of wildlife resources and their habitats. Ecology is the primary scientific discipline of the wildlife profession, therefore, the interests of the Society embrace the interactions of all organisms with their natural environments. The Society recognizes that humans, as other organisms, have a total dependency upon the environment. It is the Society’s belief also that wildlife, in its myriad forms, is basic to the maintenance of a human culture that provides quality living.
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Meet the Members of the Board
Conservation Affairs Coordinator
assessing threats to biodiversity and addressing those threats by providing a scientific
basis for informing natural resource management decisions. She has conducted and
collaborated on a broad range of basic and applied research in marine and terrestrial
environments over the past two decades, with projects in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Equatorial Guinea and more recently here in Hawai‘i. Shaya received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Drexel University in 2008, a M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, and a combined BS/MS degree in biotechnology and engineering from the Hogeschool Utrecht in The Netherlands in 2000. Prior to joining University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Shaya was a Wildlife Biologist with the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Purdue University, Fort Wayne. As the Director of the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, Shaya oversees multidisciplinary research, conservation, and management programs on a diverse range of terrestrial and aquatic organisms and ecosystems throughout Hawai‘i.