In collaboration with the Marine Conservation Ecology Lab at James Cook University (Australia), led by Professor Geoff Jones, Mahonia Na Dari initiated the Resident Researcher program in 1996. Over two decades later the program has gone from strength to strength with current and past researchers conducting their postgraduate research in Kimbe Bay.
Researchers spend significant amounts of time at Mahonia Na Dari and are also involved in delivering some aspects of the Marine Environmental Education Program.
Current Resident Researchers
Gemma is studying the ecology of reef fishes on small, deep and isolated coral pinnacles. Her work examines how community assemblages differ between shallow and submerged reefs and what environmental conditions might be driving these differences.
Amy is investigating the relationships between local fish and sponge species. Specifically, she is looking at how fish use solitary and structurally complex sponge species as either a source of shelter or as a source of food.
Previous Resident Researchers