Waipio Valley Stream Restoration Study

Heather Eijzenga

Heather Eijzenga
Research Specialist
Bishop Museum


"Volunteer work and internships are the best way to get into science. It allows you to explore different fields and gain experience that you won't find in a classroom."

What she does

I work primarily on the research and management of Hawaii's offshore islets and coastal zones. However, I have a broad interest in ecology and work on various other natural science projects as well.

How she got into science

I've always loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian since the age of 5. It wasn't until my senior year in college when I spent a semester studying abroad that I was introduced to the field of conservation biology. I spent the next 3 years travelling around the country to work on various conservation projects before finding a focus and getting my Master's degree.

Favorite accomplishments

Working on Kure Atoll in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands and creating a managment plan to help restore the island.

In her free time

I love photography, travel, and pretty much any sport that gets me outside.