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USC Sunshine Coast
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs
Queensland 4556

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USC Sunshine Coast
Locked Bag 4

Our people

  • Professor Steven Underhill - Post-harvest horticulture and food loss
  • Professor Paul Southgate - Sustainable Tropical Aquaculture
  • Professor Patrick Nunn - Climate change and sustainable livelihoods 
  • Dr Sarah Burkhart - Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dr Libby Swanepoel - Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dr Yuchan Zhou - Plant genetics
  • A/Professor Lex Thompson - Pacific Agribusiness and agroforestry
  • Adj Prof John Chapman - Pacific Islands developing fruit industries
  • Marita Manley - Pacific-focussed agribusiness development (based in Fiji)
  • Adj Prof Roselyn Kumar - Future of Pacific Islands region (climate change adaptation, culture, livelihood sustainability)
  • Adj A/Prof Soane Patolo - Rural development and engagement (based in Tonga)
  • Adj A/ Prof Seeseei Molimau-Samasoni - Postharvest horticulture, agriculture and natural crops (based in Samoa)
  • Dr Tony Page - Agroforestry for livelihood benefits and environmental services
  • Prof John Herbohn - Reforestation for livelihood strategies of smallholders and communities in tropical countries
  • Dr Thane Millitz - Sustainable development of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) marine aquarium trade (based in PNG)
  • Dr Monal Lal - Pearl oyster genetics (based in Fiji)
  • Dr Pranesh Kishore - Development of high-quality pearl production (based in Fiji)
  • Max Wingfield - Fisheries biology and sustainable aquaculture industries
  • De'arne Kershler - Prosperous Pacific pearl handicraft industries
  • Dr Cathy Hair - Sea cucumbers, community-based farming methods and sustainable mariculture development (based in PNG and Australia)
  • Dr Christine Jacobson - Agriculture extension and resilience


Thesis title

Bridget Horsey

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

Ulusapeti Tiitii

Edible seaweeds of Samoa: cultural values, consumer preference and nutritional benefits

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)

Daniela Medina Hidalgo

Riding the wave: improving climate change adaptation strategies, while supporting food and nutrition security in the Pacific

John Grogan

Migration with Dignity: Kiribati Climate change/justice Exodus

Christopher Evans

Patterns of Migration in the South Pacific

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

Sophie Gordon

Optimising mabe pearl culture using the winged pearl oyster, Pteria penguin, in the Kingdom of Tonga

Nittya Simmard

Assessing socio-ecological & economic impacts of developing community-based shell-based handicraft livelihoods, New Ireland Province, PNG

Kelly Brown

Regional sea cucumber genetics (based in Fiji)

Shalendra Prasad

Production and Postharvest Handling of Pineapples in Fiji (based in Fiji)


  • Dr Inez Mahony - Centre management
  • Dr Linda Wess - Engagement
  • Tash Turgoose - Communications
  • Tara McKenzie - Horticulture
  • Dawn Southgate - Tropical Aquaculture ACIAR Project Support