WCS Fiji


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Stacy Jupiter
Director Melanesia Program
Dr. Stacy Jupiter has been working with WCS in Fiji since 2008. After completing a Bachelor degree in biology at Harvard University, she worked as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, teaching rural farmers how to build fishponds and develop sustainable agriculture. Her Ph.D. research through the University of California, Santa Cruz focused on linkages between land use and downstream impacts to water quality and nearshore coral reefs, topics which she continued to develop as a postdoctoral fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia. With the WCS Fiji team, Stacy has been working on assessing the effectiveness of marine protected areas to increase the abundance and size of food fish of importance to local communities. In addition, she is trying to integrate connectivity science into development of a national system of protected areas for Fiji to preserve ecosystem services, livelihoods and human health. She will continue to integrate these topics across the Melanesia, while initiating new WCS programs in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Sangeeta Mangubhai
Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai joined WCS-Fiji in January 2014 as the Deputy Director, and was promoted in December to the Director’s position. She has worked on marine science and conservation in Australia, East Africa, Indonesia and the South Pacific. She completed her Ph.D. in 2007 through Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia, looking at reproduction and recruitment of corals in Kenya. Since then she has been working on designing marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, community fisheries, environmental policy, and climate change. She is a specialist in designing monitoring programs to understand impacts of disturbances on coral reef communities, and the return of investment of conservation strategies. Sangeeta chairs the Marine Working Group for the Fij National Areas Committee. She is currently an editor for the journal Pacific Conservation Biology, and an adjunct scientist for New England Aquarium.
Katherine Anne Chaston Radway
Technical Advisor
Dr Katherine Radway joined WCS-Fiji in 2016 as a Technical Advisor, providing technical and programmatic support on science, management and policy. Since completing her PhD in Marine Botany in 2001 from the University of Queensland, Australia, Kathy has worked in the Pacific Islands advancing coral and catchment management at all levels. Kathy has partnered on projects in Australia, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Guam, Hawaii, and Palau. Before joining WCS, Kathy was the Pacific Team Lead and Watershed Specialist for NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program and a Coastal Specialist for NOAA’s Coastal Zone Management Program, based in Hawaii. Kathy also served as extension faculty at the University of Hawai at Manoa, a Coastal Resource Manager for Koror State Government in Palau, and a Development Officer for the Yap Community Action Program in FSM.
Nischal Narain
Manager Finance and Administration
Nischal Narain has been with WCS-Fiji since September 2008 as Finance Manager. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) with University of the South Pacific. He previously worked with Pacific Theological College as Director of Finance and Administration and WWF South Pacific as Finance Manager. Nischal specializes in budget preparation, financial monitoring and reporting, cash flow, and cash forecasting. He looks after the after information technology and also involved in local corporate funding.
Ruci Lumelume
Policy Advisor
Ruci Lumelume joined the WCS-Fiji team in 2015 as the Policy Advisor. Ruci has a postgraduate diploma in development studies and is currently completing her Masters in development studies at the University of the South Pacific. She has worked for both government and non-government organisations on issues such as trade, investment, economic development, economic growth and education. Prior to joining WCS, she worked with IUCN Oceania Regional Program on the Mangrove Ecosystems for Climate Change Adaptations and Livelihoods (MESCAL) project. Her interests are center around natural resource conservation and management, rural development, sustainable livelihoods, climate change, urbanization, sustainable development, trade, investment, poverty, and gender.
Akanisi Caginitoba
Community Engagement Officer
Akanisi Caginitoba (Cagi) joined the WCS-Fiji team in 2002 working as an administration officer. Cagi finished her secondary education in 1989 and has previously worked for the Asia Pacific Ltd. Since joining WCS-Fiji, Cagi was worked on a livelihood project that built the capacity of women in Vanua Levu to run small businesses to produce kuta weaving, honey and virgin coconut oil. She is a specialist in community ecosystem based management planning, community leadership and assists communities identify and develop community projects. Previously, she was been part of the entomology team for Fiji arthropod survey initiated by the Schlinger Foundation. Cagi has also worked as a finance assistant for 3 years.
Waisea Naisilsisili
Field Officer
Waisea Naisilsisili joined WCS-Fiji in 2003 as a field collector and now works as a project officer and is part of the biological survey team. Waisea finished his secondary school education in 2000. Waisea has previously worked at the Fiji Mineral Resources as a research assistant responsible for collection for mineral samples. Waisea specializes in reef fish surveys and catch monitoring. He is also a specialist in community engagement, and is currently leading WCS’ island planning process and community engagement in the Lomaiviti Province.
Sirilo Dulunaqio
Community Liaison Officer
Sirilo Dulunaqio (Didi) has been working with WCS as a Community Liaison Officer since 2005 and is also employed part-time with the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL). Prior to coming to WCS, Didi trained and work as a dive instructor. He received the opportunity through CORAL to visit Belize and observe their system of user tag fees, which he has helped to implement for the Namena Marine Reserve in Kubulau. As a Kubulau native, Didi provides a critical link between WCS activities and management implementation with the communities of Kubulau and adjacent districts.
Margaret Fox
Conservation Officer
Margaret Fox joined the WCS-Fiji marine team in March 2010 as a conservation officer. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology and Chemistry at the University of the South Pacific in 2002. She first joined WCS-Fiji in 2003 as a research assistant studying the distribution pattern of the Merremia peltata. Since then she has worked as a dive master intern with the diving industry and as a Marine Biologist with Turtle Island Resort, where she helped set up marine protected areas. Margaret’s expertise includes coral identification, invertebrate identification, socioeconomic surveys, and community engagement and consultation. Margaret is helping WCS establish a women in fisheries project for WCS that will commence in 2015.
Yashika Nand
Marine Scientist
Yashika Nand joined the team in 2010 as a Marine Scientist. She has graduated with her Post-graduate Diploma in Marine Science specializing in coral reef ecology and biology with emphasis in climate change from the University of the South Pacific in 2008. She has previously worked for the Department of Fisheries in Fiji as the lead coral researcher. Yashika manages all data from WCS’ biological monitoring program, and helps integrate this into conservation planning in Fiji. Her expertise includes coral identification, coral health assessments and the aquarium trade fishery. She is currently doing a Masters in coral reef ecology, focusing on coral disease at the University of the South Pacific.
Ingrid Qauqau
GIS Officer
Ingrid Qauqau has been working with WCS-Fiji as a GIS officer since 2003. She graduated with a post-graduate Diploma in environmental studies from the University of the South Pacific. She specializes in image analysis, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and habitat mapping. Ingrid is also a member of the GIS user forum of Fiji.
Gandercillar Vosaki
GIS/IT Support Officer
Gandercillar Vosaki joined WCS in 2012 as the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Information Technology (IT) support Officer. As part of the Fiji Program's Eco-health partnership with Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, Gander provides GIS support to investigate links between environmental change and water borne bacterial disease transmission and to build predictive models. She provides mapping support to the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape campaign and efforts to establish offshore marine managed areas.
Isoa Koroiwaqa
Community Engagement Officer
Isoa Koroiwaqa joined WCS in 2016 as a Community Engagement Officer. Isoa has a Bachelor of Arts and Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism from the University of the South Pacific. He has vast experience working in the public, private and non-governmental organisations. Prior to joining WCS, he was with the travel company Rustic Pathways Fiji as the community service manager and with the Institute of Applied Sciences as a research assistant. His interests are community tourism development, sustainable natural resource use, and micro-enterprise and rural development.
Kelera Serelini Varawa
Communication Officer
Kelera Serelini-Varawa joined WCS in 2016 as Communications Coordinator bringing with her wealth of experience in the media industry, public relations and strategic communications. She has undergone professional training in communication pertaining to human rights issues, environment journalism and strategic communications. Kelera is responsible for the coordination of WCS internal and external communications as well as the promotion of the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape, a campaign to build public support for the protection of land and sea between Fiji’s two main islands.
Upashna Prakash
Finance and Administration Officer
Upashna joined WCS in 2016 as a Finance and Admin Officer to support projects and the operations of the organisation. She is responsible for preparing budgets, financial management and reporting, payroll and general office administration. She has a Post Graduate Diploma holder in Commerce from the University of the South Pacific. She also completed studies in Professional Development (International) from the University of Southern Queensland, a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Accounting and Information Systems from USP and is currently pursuing her Masters in Commerce. Upashna is also a provisional member of the Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA).
Watisoni Lalavanua
Fisheries Officer
Watisoni joined WCS in 2016 as a Fisheries Officer. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Studies from Auckland University of Technology. Previously he worked with Partnerships in Community Development Fiji as a project leader, working on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, rural water security, food security and fisheries management. Prior to that, he was a junior fisheries scientist with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Noumea, supporting national fisheries in Tuvalu, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia (Pohnpei) and Papua New Guinea. He has experience in assessing status of fish, invertebrate and corals, socioeconomic survey and post-harvesting training. He is interested in fisheries management, especially for invertebrate fisheries such as sea cucumber, Trochus, lobster, mud crabs.

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