Conference Themes and Speakers

The 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
  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
  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:
  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
  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
  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
    • Discussants:
  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
  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
  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