Stacy Jupiter, PhD
Stacy has been working with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as an Associate Conservation Scientist and now the Fiji Country Program Director since 2008. She specializes in combining robust scientific tools with local knowledge and participation to develop and tailor solutions for sustainable coastal management. With the WCS Fiji team, Stacy has been working on assessing the effectiveness of locally managed marine areas to meet food security, livelihood and biodiversity conservation objectives. She has scientific expertise in coral reef remote sensing, resource assessments, marine protected area network design, integrated land-sea planning, and managing for coral reef resilience.
After completing a bachelor’s degree in biology at Harvard University in 1997, 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 and University of Queensland (as a Fulbright scholar) 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 researcher with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia.
Stacy is currently on the boards of the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania section and the Conservation Planning Institute.
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This scientific paper, by KSLOF scientists Alex Dempsey and Sam Purkis, shows how they used data-based methods to develop the first comprehensive oceanic and marine bioregions for the South Pacific. These marine bioregions enable the design of ecologically representative national marine protected areas in Pacific nations.
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