Andy Collins manages the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and has been working for NOAAʻs Office of National Marine Sanctuaries since 2001. He has led several expeditions, and teacher programs in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and works on education and outreach to share the stories these kupuna islands have to tell us. Over the last 17 years he has been deeply involved in the ever expanding protections and international recognition for remote islands and reefs of the Hawaiian Archipelago, including three expansions in size of the protected area, a World Heritage designation, and numerous campaigns to raise awareness of this unique place. Andy was born in New York City and received his Dual BS in Forestry and Ecology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse NY. After serving in the Peace Corps in Nepal Andy fell in love with and settled in Hawaiʻi where he can enjoy both the mountains and the ocean. He lives with his wife Susan and an ever expanding zoo of goats, sheep, chickens, dogs, bees, tortoises and turtles in Āhualoa on the Island of Hawaiʻi.