Staff and Partners

Beach Watch Staff of the Greater Farallones Association (formerly Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association (FMSA)

  Kirsten Lindquist is the Conservation Science Program Manager for Greater Farallones Association. She manages Beach Watch, a Greater Farallones National  Marine Sanctuary long-term monitoring program that utilizes the expertise of over 140 citizen scientists to collect data along the coast. She is also a seabird observer on ACCESS Partnership research cruises within our three local sanctuaries. Kirsten earned a degree in Environmental Studies and Marine Conservation from Prescott College in 2001. Since then she has worked in the remote field studying seabirds and marine mammals throughout the Pacific, Antarctica, and most notably here throughout the California Current.; 415-530-5358


Dru Devlin is a Research Associate for the Greater Farallones Association. She assists with the management of  the Beach Watch program,Emergency Response Planning and wildlife observation and research support for ACCESS Partnership cruises.  She enjoys working closely with the volunteers and getting out to the beach and sea whenever she can.  She earned both her Master’s of Public and Business Administration, and B.A. in Social Ecology from the University of California at Irvine.; 415-530-5373

Catherine Corey is a research associate for GFA, assisting with volunteer training and mentoring.  Her special interest is linking academic science and the public through interpretive walks, talks, and publications.  She likes looking at dead stuff.
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 Peter Pyle is the Advanced Technical Review Specialist for Beach Watch. He participates in training volunteers advanced bird identification skills both in the class room and in the field. He is an integral part of our data review process by confirming age, sex and age of all dead birds documented in the field. Peter received a B.S. in Biology from Swarthmore College in 1979 and has careered as an ornithologist and marine biologist. He has published many papers on bird molt and taught workshops on this subject in North and Latin America, participated in numerous at-sea observational cruises for marine birds and. He is a Research Associate both at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and the B.P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu. He is a prolific author of scientific papers and three books. He is currently a staff biologist at the Institute for Bird Populations. 

Beach Watch is proud to regularly work with non-profit groups, resource agencies and academic institutions. Our partners include:

MPA Watch

California Academy of Sciences

National Park Service

Point Blue Conservation Science

Photo Credit: Jason Thompson

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary



Oiled Wildlife Care Network