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What is your name?
Richard Wylie
What is your job title?
Co Founder and Director of Euakafa Island Research Station
What organisation do you work for?
Euakafa Island Research Centre
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What aspects of biodiversity are you most interested in?
Communicating biodiversity, Climate change, Education, Endangered species, Oceans, Protected areas, Traditional knowledge
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Please use this section to introduce yourself in more detail, adding any other relevant information not included in your previous answers. The site administrator will use this answer to decide whether to approve your membership
I'm a marine biologist enrolled in a masters/PhD program looking at the importance of Marine Education in the preservation of the world's marine environment. I'm also setting up a research station in Vava'u, Tonga as a way of expanding our knowledge of coral reef systems, shark and turtle conservation and the study of marine mammals.
We are also working towards the goal of creating a Marine Protected Area in the region in conjunction with local communities and the IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas.
The underlying theme of the Centre is one of inclusiveness and is open to any interested scientists, environmental or educational institution or organisations that promote understanding and conserving the world's oceanic and marine ecosystems.
I've worked for the United Nations, QLD Department of Primary Industries, NSW Fisheries and have recently been working for Monash University, NMIT and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
I'm a member of the IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas and the Commission for Education and Communication as well as the International Pacific Marine Educators Network and the Australian Marine Science Association while also taking on consultancies periodically.
I have worked throughout South East Asia, Australia and many of the South Pacific Island Nations. But currently based on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia and Euakafa Island in Vava'u, Tonga.

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Marine Centre Development in Tonga

Hi there, I wanted to let any interested scientists, marine educators, health care workers and journalists know that we are developing a Marine Research Centre and Diabetes awareness program in the provence of Vava'u, Tonga. The centre will be a not for profit, collaborative project focussing on the areas of marine conservation and ecology, marine education, marine mammal, turtle and coral research, and any other research related to the local environment. I won't go into all the information… Continue

Posted on January 23, 2011 at 5:23

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At 19:19 on June 14, 2011, Michael Bear said…, get some rest, mate! :)
At 18:45 on June 14, 2011, Michael Bear said…

Greetings, Richard: I am now a member of BDM! 


Let's do stay in touch! 




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At 5:50 on August 17, 2010, Jan Henning Steffen said…
Hi Richard, good to catch up with you after the IPMEN meeting! There may be several opportunities for follow-up in regard to your work in Tonga, lets arrange a skype call at some stage to brainstorm on next steps, cheers, Jan

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