Wildlands

Pacific Islands

  • Ecology
  • Biodiversity surveys
  • Invasive species
  • Restoration
  • Sustainability

Wildlands staff members have a wealth of experience in the Pacific, both through Wildlands projects and previous employment activities.  This includes field work in the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Niue, Tonga, American Samoa, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Hawai’i.  Our specialists cover a wide array of ecological fields, and are experienced in working in the tropics, in remote terrain, and with small island communities. We have a passion for working with and up-skilling local people throughout the Pacific.

Selected projects:

  • Preparation of a user guide for undertaking rapid biological surveys in the tropical Pacific.
  • Survey of endemic flora of Rarotonga, Cook Islands,  and preparation of IUCN threat assessments.
  • Preparation of a catchment management and restoration plan for cloud forest ecosystems of Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
  • Research on seed dispersal by flying foxes on Tongan islands.
  • Surveys of the butterflies of Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Niue, French Polynesia, and Hawai’i.
  • Reintroduction of the extinct-in-the-wild ‘Alalā/Hawaiian crow to Pu’u Maka’ala Natural Area Reserve on the slopes of Mauna Loa, Hawai’i.
  • Survey of birds and bats on the island of Makira, Solomon Islands.
  • Study of the impacts of invasive ship rats on native plants of Hawai’i.
  • Assessment of the ability of nectar feeding birds to pollinate restoration plantings of endangered plants in Hawai’i.
  • Planning and management of the control of invasive species (goats, pigs, invasive plants) on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i.