2003, December 2 - 4. WWF, Fiji Islands Marine Ecoregion (FIME) Biodiversity Vision Workshop. Suva, Fiji.
This workshop was a wonderful opportunity to meet with people from the various NGO's, interest groups, national representatives and international scientists who live, work and have an interest in Fiji's marine ecosystems. Based on existing knowledge and the scientific expertise available, the workshop defined and prioritized areas of known or potentially high biodiversity.

A general session workshop Steve with the WWF panda A breakout session on Viti Levu biodiversity


2003, September 8 - 12. 38th European Marine Biology Symposium. Aveiro, Portugal.
Another great marine biology symposium. The focus of the conference was Marine Biodiversity with emphases on patterns and processes, assessment, threats and management, and conservation. With plenary sessions from some great biodiversity experts such as, John S Gray and Bob Whitlatch, the conference emphasized the importance of understanding human impacts on biodiversity and how to measure and monitor changes and impacts.

Steve at EMBS session Steve with Bob Whitlatch The beautiful canal city  of Aveiro

It was a great opportunity to share our work on marine biodiversity in Fiji with researchers from all over the world. Aside from the work, Sabine and I had a chance to relax for a few days after the conference and enjoy Sintra and some sites of Lisbon.