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About Us


Oikonos studies and protects imperiled ecosystems by engaging diverse communities through innovative scientific and artistic collaborations.

501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in U.S. & NGO in Chile

Annual Report

Read about Oikonos’ accomplishments. Thank you to all staff, donors, volunteers, partners and funders for contributing to the mission.

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What does Oikonos mean?

The name Oikonos is derived from Greek and Latin roots and is pronounced “oi·kô´·nôs.” The literal translation of “oikos” is home. The root “konos” is derived from the Latin “cognoscere,” which means to recognize, learn, inquire or examine. Hence we define Oikonos as ecosystem knowledge.

About the Egg

egg_webb_color_200Oikonos’ logo is an egg from a seabird related to the extinct Great Auk that is known as the Common Murre (pronounced MER). The squiggly pigments and color vary greatly. After one month, the chick breaks the shell, and hatches. Before the chick can fly, the father encourages it to jump into the sea and teaches it to dive for food and survive.
Watercolor by Sophie Webb

Our logo represents communities and ecosystems that are connected, interdependent, and changing.


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            Oikonos Staff


          Board, Associates, Staff, Advisors

          Hawai’i Nest

          On Oahu, Oikonos offices at Hawai‘i Pacific University at the Oceanic Institute, Waimanalo, HI

          Mailing & Billing:
          P.O. Box 1918
          Kailua, HI 96734 USA
          Phone: +1 (808) 228-4463

          California Nest

          In Santa Cruz, Oikonos works in the Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center and our shared office in midtown.

          P.O. Box 2570, Santa Cruz, CA 95063
          Phone: +1 (831) 515-8558

          Chile Nest

          Oikonos staff works from three nests: Juan Fernández Islands, Isla Mocha, Valparaíso and Santiago.

          San Juan Bautista
          Isla Robinson Crusoe
          V Region Chile
          RUT 65.099.509-0

          Isla Mocha Oikonos Eggs

          Oikonos team on Isla Mocha: Miguel, Gonzalo, Veronica, Tiare, Claudio, CONAF Park rangers: Jaime, Francisco


          Santa Cruz team: Zeke, Emily, Erica, Calleri, Jessie, Vero, Ryan, Western Gull



          Leadership Retreat in Moss Beach: Vale, Grant, Erin, Sol, Hannah, Aaron, Cristian, Chupa, Peter, Sophie, Daiya, Michelle, David