The Research Team
Dr. Dale Sarver, Research Fellow
One of the original co-founders of Kona Blue Water Farms, Dale is committed to advancing the cause of responsible mariculture as a marine conservation tool. Dale has 40 years of experience in both wild fisheries biology and aquaculture, working with organisms ranging from microalgae to pearl oysters, and of course, marine finfish. Dale now applies his vast experience in providing guidance for Kampachi Farms' various research efforts.
Daren Garriques, Research Technician
Originally from Ecuador, Daren has been living and working in Hawaii for the past 10 years. He obtained his BA in Marine Science from UH-Hilo and has extensive aquaculture experience with bivalves, crustaceans, finfish and microalgae.
Lisa Vollbrecht, Research Manager
Lisa earned a BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. After a freshwater start to her career around the lakes and rivers of Ontario, Lisa moved to the islands where she quickly found herself at home in the saltwater and joined us at Kampachi Farms.
Lucie Leonard, Accountant
Lucie has lived in Hawaii for 16 years, and is an accomplished small business administrator. She keeps Kampachi Farms on the straight-and-narrow; a one-woman H.R. Department, accounts office, and office manager. Lucie has a B.A. in Business and Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.
Katie Stasser, Research Technician
Katie grew up in North Carolina where she attended University of North Carolina Wilmington and attained her B.S. in Marine Biology with a minor in Psychology. After working in Marine Science Education for a number of years, she discovered that her passion was in fisheries research. To gain more technical training in her field, she went back to school at Cape Fear Community College where she earned her Associates in Science degree in Marine Technology as well as her OUPV Captain's License. Katie's biology background as well as her hands-on training gave her a leg up in the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, where over the years she studied various fish species before making the jump to sustainable aquaculture. Katie has found her ideal combination of sustainable aquaculture and fish research since joining the team at Kampachi Farms.
Helen Meigs, Research Technician
After several years working in passive ecological monitoring in Oahu and California, Helen was driven to find more direct means of ocean resource conservation. This led to a Master's in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she investigated new species for aquaculture. She believes marine resource production can complement conservation goals, and sustainable aquaculture development is the pragmatic way to improve human and ocean prosperity. Helen was subsequently lured to Kona by the breadth of applied research and the likeminded team at Kampachi Farms.
Julien Stevens, Research Technician
The newest member of the research team, Julien is passionate about the marine environment and is dedicated to contributing to the growth of Kampachi Farms and responsible mariculture. Julien has a broad range of professional experience in education, research, and business development and has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Aquaculture from the University of Stirling, Scotland, and a B.A in Biology from the University of Hawaii-Hilo.