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PhD student Sherri Lodhar spent a 3-month research stay at two renowned research institutions in the European Union, including ECODIV at the University of Rouen (France), and the University of Goettingen (Germany) where she joined the research training group (RTG) 2300 “Enrichment of European beech forests with conifers: impacts of functional traits on ecosystem functioning”. Funding for this research was provided by USP SRT funding and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Higher Education Partnerships Project “Transnational perspectives in biodiversity education and assessment in the SW Pacific” (coordinated by Professor Juergen Boehmer). First results of her work were presented in a conference talk by Forey, E., Boehmer, H.J., Lodhar, S., Chauvat, M.: An invasive palm tree modifies the functional structure and linkages of above and below ground communities in south pacific Fiji Island, at the GDR CNRS 3647 Biological Invasion, Rennes, France, on 23 October, 2018.


 PhD student Sherri Lodhar


Ms Turang Teuea and Mr. Kim Kessler graduated with a master of arts degree on 20th September 2018, and Ms Teuea made a graduate speech in the ceremony. Click here to find more information.

School’s new staff members in Semester II 2018

The School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment welcomes Dr. Patrina Dumaru, Dr. ‘Elina Bloomfield Kaufusi, Dr. Engielle Mae Paguican, Mr. Kunal Singh, Mr. Maluseu Tapaeko, and Ms Renata Varea, appointed as Lecturer in Geography, Assistant Lecturer in Geography, Lecturer in Earth Science, Teaching Assistant in Earth Science, Teaching Assistant in Geography, and Research Associate, respectively. 

Recent publications by school staff

A. Delcam, S. Poppe, M. Detienne, and E. M. R. Paguican, 2018. Destroying a Volcanic Edifice—Interactions Between Edifice Instabilities and the Volcanic Plumbing System. In, Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems: Understanding Magma Transport, Storage, and Evolution in the Earth's Crust, S. Burchardt (Ed.), pp. 231-257, Springer. 

Lau, A.Y.A. and Terry, James P. and Ziegler, Alan and Pratap, Arti and Harris, Daniel (2018) Boulder emplacement and remobilisation by cyclone and submarine landslide tsunami waves near Suva City, Fiji. Sedimentary Geology, 364 pp. 242-257.

HARTMANN, H., SCHULDT, B., SANDERS, T., MCINNIS-NG, C., BOEHMER, H.J., ALLEN, C.D., BOLTE, A., CROWTHER, T.W., HANSEN, M.C., MEDLYN, B.E., RUEHR, N.K. & W.R.L. ANDEREGG (2018) Monitoring global tree mortality patterns and trends. New Phytologist 217: 984-987.

MERTELMEYER, L., JACOBI, J.D., BOEHMER, H.J. & MUELLER-DOMBOIS, D. (2018) High-resolution Aerial Imagery to Assess Changes in Canopy Status of ‘Ohi‘a (Metrosideros polymorpha) Forests on the Island of Hawai‘i. In: Fujiwara, K., Greller, A., Pedrotti, F. (eds.) Geographical Changes in Vegetation and Plant Functional Types, Chapter 13, 291-301. Berlin – Heidelberg – New York: Springer.

ANDERSON, J., KEPPEL, G., THOMSON, S.-M., RANDELL, A., RAITUVA, J., KOROI, I., CHARLSON, T., BOEHMER, H.J., KLEINDORFER, S. & M. TUIWAWA (2018) Changes in climate and vegetation with altitude on Mount Batilamu, Viti Levu, Fiji. Journal of Tropical Ecology 34: 316-325.

Weber, Eberhard and Kopf, Andreas (2018) South–South approaches to international environmental negotiations: the case of climate change. In: Routledge Handbook of South–South Relations. Routledge International Handbooks. Routledge, London and New York, pp. 205-214. 

Fepuleai, Aleni, Gale, Stephen, Wales, Nathan, McInerney, S., Lal, Kirti and Alloway, B. (2018) Post - eruptive sedimentary processes in volcanic crater lakes: implications for deciphering the Samoan sedimentary record. Journal of Paleolimnology, 60. pp. 1-21. ISSN 0921-2728:

Beyerl, Katharina, Mieg, Harald A. and Weber, Eberhard (2018) Comparing perceived effects of climate-related environmental change and adaptation strategies for the Pacific small island states of Tuvalu, Samoa, and Tonga. Island Studies Journal, 13 (1). pp. 25-44. ISSN 1715-2593:

Neef, Andreas, Benge, Lucy, Boruff, Bryan, Pauli, Natasha, Weber, Eberhard and Varea, Renata (2018) Climate adaptation strategies in Fiji: The role of social norms and cultural values. World Development, 107. pp. 125-137. ISSN 0305-750X:

‘Elina Bloomfield graduated with a doctor of philosophy degree 
on 23rd March 2018, and she made a graduate speech in the ceremony.- Click here to find more information.


Publications by school staff

Dr. Tolu Muliaina: "In search of meaningful assessment in the university curriculum: the case for culturally relevant pedagogy” in Australian Geographer (March 2018) 

Dr. Naohiro Nakamura: “Redressing injustice of the past: the repatriation of Ainu human remains” in Japan Forum (March 2018) 

Double Gold Medal winner Kunal Singh makes national news!

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