The Oceania Section is pleased to announce the results of its recent call for new board members. Emily Weeks has been re-elected to the board, and is joined by Shannon Noelle Rivera. Emily works in international development on global land policy and natural resource management, and in her previous term, led the development of the SCB Oceania Scientific Statement on the status of freshwater flora and fauna in New Zealand. Shannon is the Community Partnership Coordinator for Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources Kaulunani Urban Forestry Program, a student researcher with the University’s Hawaiʻi Wildlife Ecology Lab, a member of the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Next-Gen Committee and a member of SCB's newly formed Hawaiʻi Chapter.
Other news from the Section:
- The Oceania Section AGM will be held during ICCB in Cartagena, 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday 25 July. Judging by the number of SCB Oceania students who have nominated for our student presentation award, there will be a good turnout from the region in Colombia!
- Unfortunately, the Marine Debris Coast Walk organised by the SCB Sydney Chapter in honour of World Ocean’s Day was postponed due to a thunderstorm. The event will now be held on July 12th. You can register to attend for free here.
- SCB Oceania is proud to be supporting the second Soapbox Science event to be held in Australia. On August 12th 1-4pm, as part of National Science Week 2017, Townville’s Gregory Street Amphitheatre will welcome leading Queensland female scientists for the first Soapbox event in tropical North Queensland. Twelve women who work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Medicine are bravely stepping out of their comfort zone and onto soapboxes for an entertaining afternoon of scientific debate and discussion.
- The SCB Oceania Science & Education committee has a new Open Access paper out in Conservation Biology,"Research priorities for conservation and natural resource management in Oceania's small island developing states”. The paper reports the outcomes of an exercise to identify research questions that, if answered, would increase the effectiveness of conservation and natural resource management practice and policy within Oceania's small island developing states. The paper also compares research priorities identified for Oceania with those identified globally and for other regions during previous priority-setting and horizon-scanning initiatives. Many thanks to SCB members who may have responded to our surveys!