Seminar:The regional biosecurity plan for Micronesia and Hawaii

March 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mānoa Campus, 1601 East-West Road

Non-native, invasive species pose threats to environmental, economic, cultural, and social systems around the world. Biosecurity systems exist to try to limit the introduction of plants, animals, and other organisms that could potentially invade a new area and cause harm. In Micronesia and Hawaii, invasive species threaten nearly every aspect of island communities, yet comprehensive biosecurity programs are still being developed. This talk will discuss some of the greatest threats to Pacific Islands, ongoing efforts to control them, and the potential future impacts of climate change on invasive species in the region. Laura Brewington is a Research Fellow at the East-West Center and the Program Manager for the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program. She received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2011, based on research in rural agriculture, invasive species, and conservation policy in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. Prior to joining the East-West Center, she held a quarantine and biosecurity fellowship with WildAid, an international marine-conservation NGO, where she coordinated a comprehensive evaluation of the Galapagos quarantine chain that highlighted the environmental and economic impacts of anticipated future expansion in the cargo-shipping industry.

Ticket Information
Free, open to the public

Event Sponsor
East-West Center, Mānoa Campus

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Laurel Pikcunas, (808) 944-7444,

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