Cory Pukini is the Conservation Coordinator for WILDCOAST, a 2017 SHIFT Award Official Selection.
Cory works to engage stakeholders in the management and protection of Marine Protected Areas as well assist with the management and the conservation of the Otay Valley Regional Park, South San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Tijuana Estuary.
Before joining the WILDCOAST team, Cory worked as part of a predatory invasive species strike force on the island of Kauai with the Hono O Na Pali Seabird Mitigation Project. His time with the seabird project was spent getting dropped by helicopter to hike and camp in the rugged Na Pali coast of northern Kauai in order to protect endangered seabirds through the removal of predatory invasive species.
Cory has also held positions as a science educator and researcher at varying levels including California State University, Chico, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Turtle Bay Exploration Park. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science with an option in Applied Ecology and will obtain a Master Degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Marine Protected Areas this fall from California State University, Chico.
When Cory is not working you will find him enjoying the outdoors typically in search of his next fishing adventure.