August 21, 2015

The bumpy road to a conservation career

Recently, I had the privilege of accepting an Early Career Conservationist award from the Society for Conservation Biology at their biennial congress held this year in […]
April 7, 2015

Returning to Kia Island

Spend more than a few minutes on Kia Island and it is obvious that the residents enjoy their fishing. But fishing isn’t just for pleasure, it […]
December 1, 2014

A Sustainable Future for Wallis and Futuna

  When I received an invitation from the government to speak at a symposium on sustainable agricultural development for Wallis and Futuna, I jumped at the […]
November 9, 2014

How Ebola led me to Fiji

  Friends say that I am obsessed with the current outbreak of Ebola in west Africa. They are not wrong – but Ebola and I have […]
September 12, 2014

What does the future hold for Pacific Island biodiversity?

I have spent a lot of time this year thinking about the fate of Pacific Island biodiversity.Thoughts of falling trees and fish gasping for breath actually […]
July 13, 2014

Reflections on organizing the SCB Oceania Fiji conference

About 3 years ago, fellow WCS colleague and now President-elect of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) James Watson asked me to “throw my name in […]
July 6, 2014

Dying for Fiji’s Sea Cucumbers

by Mongabay.org’s Special Reporting Initiative Fellow Amy West Redfish, Greenfish, Blackfish. Pinkfish, Curryfish, Lollyfish. They sound like Dr. Seuss characters and certainly look like they should […]
June 23, 2014

Koro Expedition 2014

It was the fourth pass in a tiny plane over the remote island of Koro that I lost my sense of awe at the lush green volcanic slopes […]
October 4, 2013

Are tabu areas really taboo?

Special to WCS by science writer, Amy West Kusima. That’s the Fijian word for an overwhelming desire to eat fish. The last high chief of the district […]
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