The PaCE-SD Seminar Series is a weekly feature at the university during the semester. The seminars promote scientific research and dialogue and provide a platform for graduate students, local and visiting scientists and professionals to share their research and ideas with an audience of people from various backgrounds. The seminar series extends beyond the university community and features speakers from regional development agencies, government and non-governmental organisations and communities as well.

Next Seminar: 12-1pm on Tuesday 25th April at the MSP Lecture Theatre, Lower Campus, Suva, FIJI




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Contact Information

To schedule a seminar and/or to be included

in our mailing list, please contact:

Dr. Awnesh Singh
Seminar Coordinator
Email: awnesh.singh@usp.ac.fj
Tel: +679 3232 666

Ms. Sarika Chand
Communications Consultant
Email: sarika.chand@usp.ac.fj
Tel: +679 3231 934

Mr. Christopher Ward
Graphics Officer
Email: christopher.ward@usp.ac.fj
Tel: +679 3231 834

Mr. Jaynesh Kumar
Information Technology Officer
Email: jaynesh.kumar@usp.ac.fj
Tel: +679 3231 088

Mr. Leone Limalevu

Dr. Nathan Wales

Jone Tuiipelehaki

Communications Consultant

Email: jone.tuiipelehaki@usp.ac.fj

Tel: +679 3231 834


Ms Sainimere Veitata

Email: veitata_s(at)usp.ac.fj

Job title: Project Officer 



Upcoming speakers

02/05 - Vacant

09/05 - Dr. Marta Ferreira, School of Marine Studies, USP

16/05 - Mr. Jovesa Tagivakatini, School of Geography, USP

18/05 - Ms. Aliti Koroi/Ms. Tupeope Samani, EU-GCCA Project, USP


Venue for Seminar


Pacific Climate Diplomacy Seminar Series

School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA) in collaboration with the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD). 

In 2017, Fiji chairs the global climate change negotiations at the United Nations, the first time a Pacific island country has done so. Fiji has vowed to lead the global climate talks on behalf of all Pacific island countries.  Global efforts to tackle climate change stand at a crossroads. The 2015 Paris Agreement was widely seen as a diplomatic breakthrough. The agreement represents a shared political commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, the UNFCCC member states must now finalise the ‘rule-book’ that accompanies the Paris Agreement and put forward ambitious pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Action must be taken quickly, before catastrophic rates of warming are ‘locked in’. 

Pacific leaders have, for decades, understood climate change as a problem of international relations. Through concerted diplomatic strategies, island ambassadors and political leaders have proposed, and gained support for, global solutions intended to tackle climate change. 2017 presents a new opportunity for Pacific diplomacy.  Can Pacific island countries convince major emittors to accept the scale of action required to begin the shift towards a zero-emissions global economy? This seminar series explores the past, and prospects, for Pacific climate diplomacy. Throughout 2017 a range of speakers – including academics, diplomats, political leaders, scientists, community and civil society representatives – will deliver public seminars that explore the Pacific’s role in the global climate negotiations.

Ms. Ashlie Denton

The ties that bind: Networked actors in Pacific Island diplomacy

Dr. Simon Bradshaw

Friend or Foe? Australian climate policy post-Paris and implications for the Pacific

Prof. Virginia Murray

Climate Change Risks and Impacts and teh UN Landmark Agreements of 2015

Panel Discussion

Management of Marine Environment in Fiji

Prof. Sung Min Boo

Diversity and distribution of marine algae from Korea

Panel Discussion

Impact of harmful algal blooms and ciguatera on coastal zones: detection tolls and applications

Ms. Chloe Martias

Color of the Ocean by an Oceanographer

Mr. Matthias Balagny and Ms. Mina Vilayleck

Become a Young Climate and Environment Observer

Dr. Jeremy Hills

Great Expectations: Is the Pacific Ready for the Green Climate Fund?

Ms. Andra Lazarescu

Beyond H20: Elements of Water Resource Management

Ms. Rebecca McNaught

Mainstreaming climate change adaptation: A study of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement

Dr. Tabea Lissner

Climate Impacts at 1.5°C and 2°C: where half a degree makes a difference

Mr. Jonathan Lynn

Working with the IPCC: Opportunities for the Pacific Science and Policy Communities

Dr. Andrew McGregor

Vulnerability of Pacific Agriculture and Forestry to Climate Change

Dr. Ian Fry

Pacific Island Climate Change Insurance Facility and Legal Protection for People Displaced by Climate Change

Prof. Elisabeth Holland

PaCE-SD: Collaborating to Empower

Prof. Jon Barnett

Climate Change and Migration: Findings from the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

Ms. Samanunu Simpson

The acoustic communication of Spinner dolphins at Moon Reef, Fiji

Ms. Linda Vaike

An evaluation of the effectiveness of aid for climate change adaptation in the Pacific region

Ms. Avnita Goundar

Sustainable shipping: anchored or adrift in the Pacific's emissions targets?

Dr. Evanthie Michalena

Strategic management of renewable energy in the Pacific Islands (PICTs)

Panel Discussion

Deep Sea Mining: Some analysis of the general legal framework

Prof. Shin-ichi Uye

Jellyfish blooms as a threat to fisheries sustainability: studies in the East Asian Marginal Seas

Ms. Annika Dean

Dr. Eleanor John
Warm ocean processes and carbon cycling in the Eocene 'Greenhouse'

Mr. Alvin Chandra

Ms. Amanda Bertana

Ms. Salote Waqairatu

Shrimp aquaculture and viral disease: Improving molecular detection methods

Dr. Cyprien Bosserelle

Coastal Inundation Hindcasting and Forecasting in Fringing Reefs

Ms. Deborah Rhodes
Culturally-savvy capacity development for climate change responses


International Day for Disaster Reduction: Knowledge for Life

Dr. Jeremy Hills
Why do climate change adaptation policies usually fail?

Dr. Marta Ferreira
Biomarkers in Sentinel species: Early warning tools in environmental monitoring

Dr. Awnesh Singh

"Godzilla" El Niño on its way!

Dr. Michelle McKeown
Midges as a tool for reconstructing long-term Climate Change
Ms. Shilpa Lal
35 days at sea: A journey of extraordinary experiences aboard an oceanographic research vessel
Prof. Elisabeth Holland

Pacific Leadership in Climate Change: En route to Paris and COP21

Mr. Nicolas Beriot
On the way to a global climate alliance in Paris

Prof. David Lecchini

The impacts of climate change on coral reefs in French Polynesia

Ms. Moleen Nand

Application of DSSAT SUBSTOR potato model in Fiji: Yield production, vulnerability and lessons learnt

Ms. Clare White, Mr. Moortaza Jiwanji and Ms Selaima Maitoga

Prof. Richard Kenchington

Barriers to the application of Science in Coastal Zone Management

Dr. Ian Fry

An insider's perspective on the Climate Change negotiations: Will we have a new agreement in Paris?

Ms. Chloe Martias

Coloured Lagoons of the South Pacific

Ms. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

Iep Jeltok: Poetry, Personal Journey and Activism

Dr. Wuu-Kuang Soh

Plant ecophysiological response to increase atmospheric CO2 and its implication for future flood risk

Prof. Simon Donner

Can past climate experience help coral reefs cope with climate change?

Ms. Siu Pouvalu

Community Mapping and Quantum GIS: A disaster risk mapping tool-kit for local communities

Mr. Jacob Salcone

Economics and the Environment: Why we rationalize discounting the future of nature and society

Dr. Silja Klepp

Climate Change ad Migration: New rights and resources for environmental migrants in the Pacific region

Prof. Peter Blaze Corcoran

Environmental education in times of climate change: Perspectives from Wangari Maathai's Africa

Mr. Aaron Packard

Translating climate science into climate action: The rise of the Pacific Climate Warriors

Prof. Edvard Hviding

Living in the ring of fire: Glimpses of the long run of environmental experience in the Pacific Islands

Mr. Andrew Irvin

Turning the cogs of land transport

Ms. Alison Newell

Kawai Dina: One way to reduce your carbon footprint

Mr. Francis Areki

Working Together to Transform Inshore Fisheries Management for Local Food Security & Sustainable Fishing Industry in Fiji

Ms. Lucille Apis-Overoff

The role of Engin kehlap in climate risk management: case studies in the Federated States of Micronesia

Dr. Robin Bronen

Climate-induced community relocation in Alaska: Community-based adaptation strategies to protect human rights

Capt. Adrian Midwood

The economic benefits of waste plastic remediation in island nations: fast track Fiji program briefing

Dr. Nick Rollings

Kowanyama Information System - The digital keeping place - Geospatial Information Systems in a remote indigenous community

Mr. Nemaia Koto

Morphometric analysis and water resources of Nadi watershed, Fiji

Dr. Nathan Wales

Multi-decadal change in the spatial pattern and areal extent of forests in Angkor using coarse scale satellite imagery

Dr. Cyprien Bosserelle

Coastal wave inundation - the Coral Coast locka

Ms. Unaisi Tagicakibau

Building effective governance systems in Mali district to enhance fisheries management

Ms. Brittany Gallagher

Sustainability Education in American Prisons: A Case Study of Washington State's Sustainability in Prisons Project

Mr. Jens Kruger

Charting an Ocean of Islands for a Sustainable Blue Economy: The status of Hydrography in the Pacific Region

Prof. Ciro Rico

The Role of Evolutionary Genetics in Biodiversity Assessment and Conservation

Mr. Feiloakitau Tevi

Getting it Right: Green Growth and Sustainable Development in the Pacific

Mr. Exsley Taloiburi

Understanding Climate Change Finance: Key Issues and Perspectives for the Pacific

Prof. Dano Roelvink

Modelling in support of coastal management and adaptation to climate change - can tools from the other side of the world work in the South Pacific?

Dr. Colin Shelley

Where's my fish? What is the future for aquaculture development in the Pacific?

Dr. Michael Schwarz

Bees, Extinction events and Climate Change

Ms. Meretui Ratunabuabua

Addressing Pacific Heritage gaps in the Pacific region

Ms. Johanna Beasley

Perceptions of Climate Change Impacts on Natural Resources: A study of the practice of Salusalu (Fiji garlanding)

Ms. Lydia Keppler

30 days on an Oceanographic Research Vessel

Ms. Sarika Chand

Media Coverage of Climate Change in Fiji

Mr. Naushad Yakub

Building Community Resilience to Impacts of Climate Change: A case study from USP EU-GCCA Project

Ms. Kelera Oli

Climate Change and its toll on Dengue

Dr. Sean Weaver

Exploring Payment for Ecosystem Services for Renewable Energy in Shipping

Dr. Keith Morrison

Ecosystems as places and homes to reduce risk production

Mr. Viliamu Iese

Application of Crop Simulation Models to Assess the Impacts of Climate Change and Extreme Events on Pacific Island Crops

Dr. Mark Lawrence

Engineering the Climate? An Introduction to the Ideas, Impacts, Uncertainties and Risks

Dr. Scott Power

Climate Change Will Intensify El Nino

Dr. Peter Nuttall

Sustainable Sea Transport for Oceania

Mr. Leone Limalevu

Application of the PaCE-SD Methodology and Lessons Learnt from a Pilot Climate Change Adaptation Project in Rural Fiji

Dr. Helene Jacot des Combes

Post 2015 Strategy for Disaster and Climate Resilient Development in the Pacific

Dr. Glenn Aguilar

Screening of Algorithms for ensemble modelling for marine and terrestrial species with limited location information

Dr. Tom Durrant

A 30-Year Global Wave Hindcast

Mr. Ian Fry

The Current State of Play in Climate Change Negotiations 

Mrs. Payal Maharaj

Securing Human Health through Drug Discovery

Dr. Sophie Cravatte

Oceanic circulation in the Southwest Pacific - Progress from Spice

Mrs. Priya Sharma

Evaluation of Seasonal Variability of CCSM3 Modeled Chlorophyll Distribution in the Western Pacific Ocean

Dr. Arthur Webb

Balancing the Sciences in the Project Design: Best Practices for Climate Change Adaption and Risk Reduction 

Dr. Antoine N'Yeurt

Ocean Algal Afforestation to Address Climate Change Issues in the Pacific Region

Dr. Marcello Bonito 

Integrating Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Conservation

Capt. Philip Renaud

Global Reef Expedition: Confronting the Coral Reef Crisis

Ms. Salote Waqairatu

Aquaculture bio-security: Keeping Shrimp in the menu

Dr. Cara Miller

Fins and Flukes: Current Knowledge and Future Directions for Whales and Dolphins in Fiji Waters

Prof. Stephen Gale

Soil Erosion and sediment delivery: Things my Mother Never Told Me

Dr. Rafiuddin Ahmed

An Overview of Ocean and Wind Energy Research at USP

Mr. Scott Radway

Transforming Science Communication

Dr. Sarah Hemstock

Small is Beautiful

Prof. Randolph Thaman

A Retrospective Taxonomic Assessment of the Recovery of a Managed Fijian Fishery Based on the Marriage of Modern and Indigenous Science

Prof. Neil Holbrook

South Pacific Region in a Changing Climate: Considering Science and Adaptation

Mr. Neil Singh

The Universe in a Nutshell

Prof. William Aalbersberg

Research Activities at the Institute of Applied Science

Prof. Joeli Veitayaki

Articulating Sustainable Development in Gau Island, Fiji

Prof. Elisabeth Holland

Blue Carbon: Understanding the Global Carbon Cycle and Ocean Carbon Uptake in the Pacific Islands

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