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Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research
UniSC Sunshine Coast

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Maroochydore BC
Queensland 4558


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Core researchers


  • Adj Prof John Chapman - Pacific Islands developing fruit industries
  • Adj A/Prof Richard Markham - Sustainable natural resource management
  • Adj Research Fellow Mr Peter Walton - Knowledge information specialist - Pacific Agriculture Information System (PAIS)
  • Adj Research Fellow Dr Bree Wilson - Integrated pest management, biological control, plant pathology 
  • Prof John Herbohn - Reforestation for livelihood strategies of smallholders and communities in tropical countries
  • Adj Research Fellow Dr Pranesh Kishore - Development of high-quality pearl production (based in Fiji)
  • Adj Research Fellow Roselyn Kumar - Future of Pacific Islands region (climate change adaptation, culture, livelihood sustainability)
  • Adj Research Fellow Dr Monal Lal - Pearl oyster genetics (based in Fiji)
  • Dr Thane Militz - Sustainable development of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) marine aquarium trade
  • Adj A/ Prof Seeseei Molimau-Samasoni - Postharvest horticulture, agriculture and natural crops (based in Samoa)
  • Adj Research Fellow Dr Cathy Hair - Sea cucumbers, community-based farming methods and sustainable mariculture development (based in PNG and Australia)
  • Dr Tony Page - Agroforestry for livelihood benefits and environmental services
  • Adj A/Prof Soane Patolo - Rural development and engagement (based in Tonga)
  • Adj A/Prof Lex Thompson - Pacific agroforestry / botany
  • Dr Vikki Schaffer - Sustainable tourism
  • Adj Research Fellow Dr Samantha Nowland - Aquaculture, tropical rock oyster culture in remote communities
  • Adj Research Fellow Ms Jessica Raneri - Nutrition research specialist 
  • Adj Senior Lecturer Dr Wayne Hancock - Horticulture, agriculture and plant genetics
  • Adj A/Prof William Kerua - Agribusiness and extension agriculture, fisheries, and forestry (based in Fiji)


  • Dr Dana Craven - Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dr Christine Jacobson - Agriculture extension and resilience
  • Dr Cooper Schouten - Beekeeping / honey bee and agricultural research  
  • Ms Salote Waqairatu - Aquaculture and agribusiness (based in Fiji)
  • Ms Patricia Bibi - Pacific focused agritourism and Indigenous women empowerment (based in Fiji)
  • Ms Marita Manley - Pacific-focused agribusiness development (based in Fiji)
  • Max Wingfield - Fisheries biology and sustainable aquaculture industries
  • Dr Sophie Gordon - Tropical aquaculture; pearl oyster culture and production
  • Dr Permal Deo - Nutrition and food science
  • Mr Sefano M. Katz - Seascape multi-sector development, coastal social-ecological systems conservation and management (based in Fiji)


Thesis title

Bridget Horsey

Exploring food literacy to support preparation and consumption of local, traditional foods in Pacific Island communities

Karis Ramsay

Gender influences on food choice in small island developing states

Loredana Lancini

Environmental crises and local traditions: contemporary and ancient perspectives (based in France)

John Grogan

Migration with Dignity: Kiribati Climate change/justice Exodus

Melanie Harris

Opportunities for Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EbA) to Climate Change on Tropical Islands: An example from the Palau Islands, Northwest Pacific Ocean

Louisa-Anne Buwalda

Women’s experiences of natural disaster: Ni-Vanuatu women’s voices on their issues and solutions.

Jalasayi Atkinson-Nolte

Cultural components of attitudes towards environmental risk

William Johnston

The economics of pearl farming in the Western Pacific: developmental pathways and impediments in Fiji and Tonga

Nittya Simard

The role of shell handicraft livelihoods for coastal communities in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea

Kelly Brown

Regional sea cucumber genetics (based in Fiji)

Amalya Harding

Impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic on the drivers of dietary change and their links to non-communicable disease risk factors among women in peripheral Fijian communities

Zoe Bridge

Climate-Aggravated Barriers to the Recognition of World-Class Tangible Heritage in the Pacific Islands

Courtney Anderson

International Agriculture for Development: Unpacking Triangular Cooperation Partnerships 

Monica Smith

Development of a framework to support and sustain healthier school food environments in the Pacific Islands

Eliza Kitchener

Investigating maternal folate intake, availability, and the impacts of deficiency in Vanuatu