Michelle Hester

Ecologist Michelle Hester, president of Oikonos-Ecosystem Knowledge and a research associate with the California Academy of Sciences, has studied seabirds and island ecology in California, the Caribbean, and Antarctica.

Squawk of the Auklet


Not many people get to visit Año Nuevo Island—you need a rubber boat, a strong stomach, and a research permit. But sea lions haul out here in droves, and hundreds of seabirds—including rhinoceros auklets—come to breed on its few wind-swept acres. Today, erosion is threatening the auklets’ deep burrows, so researchers are working to restore this critical breeding site for these strange-looking seabirds.