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Hob Osterlund is an award-winning writer and photographer living on the island of Kauai. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic Explorer, Audubon, National Wildlife, Nature Conservancy, Hana Hou (Hawaiian Airlines), Ms. Magazine and more.
She is the founder of the Kauai Albatross Network and has served as a habitat liaison for a number of private landowners for several years. Her work includes direct services such as systematic monitoring of all Laysan albatross on those properties, trapping predators and serving as a link for the state and federal wildlife agencies.
Since 2012 Hob has worked as a Kauai Coordinator for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Cam project. As a result, Laysan albatross live streaming images were seen around the world from hatch to fledge in 2014. The “Trosscam” has just launched at a new site, and is in its third season.
Hob holds a bachelor’s degree in Ecological Geography from the University of California-Berkeley and a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Hawaii. As an advanced-practice nurse, Hob founded Hawaii’s first pain and palliative care program at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. She was the Principal Investigator for the Comedy in Chemotherapy (COMIC) Study. She and her colleagues conducted a randomized controlled trial demonstrating the positive impact of comedy on the symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy. She continues to provide “Chuckle Channel” comedy programming for hospital closed-circuit televisions.
Hob’s book Holy Moli: Albatross and Other Ancestors was published by Oregon State University Press in April 2016. It’s now available for purchase on the OSU Press website and Amazon.com. Read these reviews and praise for Holy Moli.
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