Conference Speakers

  1. What is the importance of islands to environmental conservation?

Lead: Prof. Christoph Kueffer, ETH Zurich & University of Applied Sciences Eastern Switzerland

Discussants: ‘Aulani Wilhelm, Senior Vice President for Oceans at Conservation International; Assoc. Prof. Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; Dr. Eleanor Sterling, Chief Conservation Scientist, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

2. How have humans changed island ecosystems through history?

Lead: Prof. Todd Braje, San Diego State University

Discussants: Dr. Sam ‘Ohu Gon, Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor, Nature Conservancy, Hawai’i; Dr. Jack Kittinger, Director, Hawai’i Program, Conservation International; Emeritus Prof. Patrick V. Kirch, University of California, Berkeley

3. What are the future challenges for island ecology and evolution?

Lead: Prof. Rosemary Gillespie, University of California, Berkeley

Discussants: Prof. Kathy Willis, Director of Science, Kew Gardens & Professor of Biodiversity, University of Oxford; Dr. Brian Bowen, Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology; Assist. Prof. Paolo A.V. Borges, Leader of Island Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation Group, University of the Azores

4. How can island conservation contribute to human wellbeing?

Lead: Dr. Rachel Turner, University of Exeter

Discussants: Dr. Mason Smith, Regional Director, IUCN Oceania; Dr. Supin Wongbusarakum, NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center; Dr. Davianna McGregor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

5. How are islands dealing with the challenge of balancing development with sustainability?

Lead: Prof. John Connell, University of Sydney

Discussants: Dr. Winifreti Nainoca, Environment Team Leader, UNDP Fiji; Miriam Supuma, Co-Director, Papua New Guinea Institute of Biological Research, Dr, Laurie Brinklow, Institute of Island Studies, UPEI and UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability

6. How can we incorporate the value of island environments into conservation?

Lead: Assoc. Prof. Kirsten Oleson, University of Hawaii Manoa

Discussants: Dr. Padma Narsey Lal, SPC; Francielle Lacle, Technical Assistant, UNDP, Aruba Centre of Excellence; Prof. Peter Schuhmann, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

7. How can indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) be used to improve island environmental futures?

Lead: Assoc. Prof. Matthew Lauer, San Diego State University

Discussants: Prof. Randy Thaman, University of the South Pacific; Roy Ellen, University of Kent; Edvard Hviding, University of Bergen

8. How can we build island communities that are resilient to the impacts of climate change and environmental hazards?

Lead: Dr. Ilan Kelman, University College London & University of Agder, Kristianstand

Discussants: Dr. Laura Brewington, East-West Center Pacific Regional Integrated Science and Assessments program; Assist. Prof. Kiana Frank, Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; Gudrun Petursdottir, Director,. Institute for Sustainability Studies, University of Iceland

9. What role can the humanities play in island conservation?

Lead: Emeritus Prof. Garry Trompf, University of Sydney

Discussants: Dr. Craig Santos Perez, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; Prof. Elaine Stratford, University of Tasmania; Prof. Vilsoni Hereniko, Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

10. How does environmental governance on islands currently operate and what forms of governance produce the best outcomes?

Lead: Prof. Marion Glaser, ZMT, Bremen

Discussants: Prof. Emeritus Robin Mahon, University of the West Indies, Barbados; Dr. Glenn Thodé, Rector, University of Aruba; Tara Pelembe, South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute

11. How can we improve island conservation through integrated marine and terrestrial management?

Lead: Dr. Stacy Jupiter, WCS Melanesia

Discussants: William Kostka, Executive Director, Micronesia Conservation Trust; Dr. Alan Friedlander, Chief Scientist, Pristine Seas, National Geographic Society; Chris Corbin, Programme Officer, UNEP Caribbean

12. What is the current state of knowledge of island extinctions and how can this be used to set baselines for restoration?

Lead: Dr. Jamie Wood, Landcare Research, New Zealand

Discussants: Dr. Priscilla Wehi, Landcare Research & Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago; Dr. Christopher Dunn, E. N. Wilds Director of Cornell Botanic Gardens; Dr. Matthew Prebble, Australian National University

13. How well are island conservation issues addressed in international conventions and agreements?

Lead: Dr. Arthur Dahl, President International Environment Forum & Retired UNEP Deputy Assistant Executive Director

Discussants: Dr. Michelle Scobie, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago; Sue Taei, Executive Director, Pacific Oceanscape, Conservation International; Dr. Alison Reiser, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

14. What have we learnt about invasive species on islands and what are the best strategies for dealing with them in the future?

Lead: Dr. James Russell, University of Auckland with co-authors Dr. Jean-Yves Meyer, Head of the Research Department, Government of
French Polynesia and Dr. Nick Holmes, Director of Science, Island Conservation

Discussants: Christy Martin, CGAPS-Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species; Earl Campbell, Invasive Species Program Manager, U.S. Geological Survey

15. What is the role of environmental education on islands?

Lead: Drs. Fumiyo Kagawa & David Selby, Sustainability Frontiers

Discussants: Rocky Sanchez Tirona, Vice President for Rare Philippines; Dr. Rosalina Gabriel, Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes/Azorean Biodiversity Group, University of the Azores

16. How is climate affecting patterns of island migration?

Lead: Dr. Maxine Burkett, University of Hawaii Manoa

Discussants: Mohamed Aslam, LaMer Small Island Research Station, and ex-Minister of Environment & Energy, Maldives; Dr. James Randall, University of Prince Edward Island, and Chair, Executive Committee of the Institute of Island Studies, and UNESCO Co-Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability; Rosemary Lyster, Director, Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, University of Sydney

17. What are the links between human health and environmental conservation on islands?

Lead: Prof. Kerry Arabena, University of Melbourne

Discussants: Dr. Nancy D. Lewis, Director, Research Program, East-West Center, Hawai’i; Dr. Leonard Nurse, University of the West Indies, Barbados; Assist. Prof. Maile Taualii, Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawai’i

18. How do island sovereignty and conservation relate to each other?

Lead: Dr. Alexander Mawyer, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Discussants: Dr. Reniel Cabral, Sustainable Fisheries Group, University of California, Santa Barbara; Dr. Tamatoa Bambridge, Research Director, CNRS, French Polynesia Dr. Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, University of Hawai’i at Manoa