Cheryl King

Cheryl King has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology/psychology from Southampton College of Long Island University and a Master’s of Science degree in marine biology from Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center. Her master’s research was a comprehensive study of Kaho‘olawe’s sea turtle population. In addition to being on research teams around the world, as a Maui resident since 1999 she has gained a vast amount of experience in ocean conservation and marine animal rescue and management while working for the State, tourism and non-profit sectors. Cheryl’s passion about addressing marine debris cleaning up coastlines led her to the creation of www.SHARKastics.org in 2010 to spread the word about the harmful impacts of marine debris on marine species. She is a member of the NOAA Hawai‘i Marine Debris Hui and the Hawai‘i Environmental Cleanup Coalition, and regularly reports on the data she and her team collects during the community-based marine debris cleanups on the 4th Sunday of every month at Ka‘ehu, Waiehu (since July 2012).  Cheryl runs the statewide Hawaiian hawksbill photo-ID catalog that showcases research and recovery efforts for the critically endangered Hawaiian hawksbill sea turtle (one of the most endangered populations on the planet, that she has been working closely with since the year 2000): www.HIhawksbills.org.  She also plays key roles in NOAA’s South Maui Marine Turtle Strandings Response Team, the Hawaiian Islands Large Whale Entanglement Response Network and Maui Nui’s Marine Mammal Health and Strandings Response Team. As a part time employee with the Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project, she’s helping to manage a South Maui shearwater colony. Cheryl is very happy to join HAMER, such a highly effective ocean conservation organization!  

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