Conference Themes and Speakers

ICEF7 logoThe conference will cover eighteen broad themes, each of which will be led by the author of a review paper on that theme. Three invited ‘discussants’ will present in response to these published reviews.

  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 Iris Monnereau, FAO
    • 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
  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
      • 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
  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
  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
      • Prof. Emeritus. Robin Mahon, University of the West Indies, Barbados
      • Dr. Glenn Thodé, Rector, University of Aruba
  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
  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
  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
      • Dr. Nick Holmes, Director of Science, Island Conservation
    • Discussants: TBC
  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
  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. Alex Mawyer, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
    • 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