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Oceania Board of Directors

The Oceania Section of the Society for Conservation Biology has an international following of members that support conservation in the Oceania Region. The Board of Directors is an elected body that facilitates the goals and activities of the Section.

Future Members

If you are interested in being a member of the Oceania Board you must be a member of SCB and a member of the Section. Generally 2 to 4 board members are elected annually. The Call for Nominations goes out in April or May and the election runs in May or June. Each year section members receive an email about the open positions and the start of the election process. For more information about getting involved with this board, please contact a board member or

Current Board Profiles

Vanessa Adams

Lecturer at Macquarie University

Vanessa Adams is a lecturer in Conservation Biology at Macquarie University. Her research broadly fits into two themes: ecological modelling to understand dynamic ecosystems and human dimensions of conservation. Vanessa partners with relevant government agencies and NGOs to ensure that her research is relevant to policy makers and is positioned to influence on-ground conservation.



Richard Kingsford 
Past President

Richard Kingsford is the Director of the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of New South Wales. He researches freshwater ecosystems, restoration ecology and adaptive management of ecosystems.


Megan Evans

Treasurer, Global Capacity Committee- Oceania Representative

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Queensland

Megan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. Her research falls broadly within environmental policy, governance and economics, with a particular focus on how complex policy processes translate into environmental outcomes. Megan is the current SCBO Treasurer and is the Oceania Representative on the SCB Global Policy Committee.



Monica Awasthy
Board Member & Global Chapters Committee Member
Research Fellow, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia Adjunct Fellow, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Monica is the Birds in Backyards Program Manager at BirdLife Australia. Her focus areas are citizen science, community engagement, and research and conservation of birds that live where people live.


Tim Doherty
Research Fellow at Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakins University, Melbourne Australia

Tim Doherty is a Research Fellow in Terrestrial Ecology at the Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University. He conducts applied research aiming to inform policy and management, and specialises in disturbance ecology, predator-prey dynamics and invasive species.



Roz Anderson-Lenderer

Global Chapters Committee - Oceania representative
Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University

Rosalynn is an analyst with New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment. Her focus is community education/restoration projects, citizen science and climate change resilience.



Stacy Jupiter, PhD
Board Member
Melanesia Regional Director, Wildlife Conservation Society

Stacy Jupiter oversees the Wildlife Conservation Society’s programs and projects in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. She specializes in community-based management, integrated land-sea management and coral reef ecology. Her PhD (2006) is from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Stacy is based in Suva, Fiji.

@StacyDJupiter | LinkedIn

Wendy Jackson

Shannon Rivera 
Board Member
Strategic Partnerships: International Liaison - Department of Conservation, New Zealand

Shannon Noelle Rivera is a researcher with the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Ecology Lab and holds a position with Hawaii’s Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program. Her areas of focus are addressing animal welfare considerations and gender inclusive strategies within conservation practice.

@HiShannxn | Linkedin 

Wendy Jackson

Danielle Shanahan 
Board Member
Strategic Partnerships: International Liaison - Department of Conservation, New Zealand

Danielle is Manager of Conservation and Research at Zealandia sanctuary in Wellington, New Zealand. Her research focuses on urban ecology, as well as the human connection with nature and the benefits that arise from it. Danielle is also co-chair of the Local Organising Committee for the Wellington 2018 SCB Oceania conference.


Wendy Jackson

Emily Weeks 
Board Member
Strategic Partnerships: International Liaison - Department of Conservation, New Zealand

Emily Weeks is a Senior Resource Rights and Land Governance specialist at USAID. She focuses on natural resource management, climate resilience, resource governance and biodiversity planning for Agriculture and Food Security.