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Gilianne Brodie

Lecturer
Biological and chemical Sciences
University of south pacific
Fiji

Biography

I am an invertebrate biologist with a strong interest in whole organism functional biology and the application of taxonomic data to applied environmental problem solving, conservation and biodiversity management. Over the last 25 years, I have worked on a wide variety of environmental research and education projects including: soil, water and plant analysis, crown of thorns starfish outbreaks, ecotourism operations, the biology and ecology of tropical molluscs, sponges and holothurians, seagrass monitoring, agricultural pest management, invasive species identification, coastal and island world heritage area management and the merger of traditional indigenous knowledge into mainstream science and natural resource management. I currently have three funded research projects all of which involve a large component of training for regional human resource capacity building: “Investigation & Documentation of Introduced and Invasive Terrestrial Molluscs in the Fiji Islands” “Documentation of Fiji’s Endemic & Introduced Land snail Fauna”  “Conservation, systematics and cultural connections of Fiji’s Endemic Placostylus Land Snails”

Research Interest

My current postgraduate students are undertaking research on a wide variety of invertebrate and conservation related projects including invasive ants and freshwater invertebrate assemblages however I am interested in supervising projects involving marine, terrestrial or freshwater invertebrate biodiversity, taxonomy or functional biology particularly those projects involving, traditional use of invertebrates, threatened endemics or invasive species.

Publications

  • Buluta, S. Finau, I., Brodie, G. & Hodge, S. (2010). A preliminary study into the potential of mayflies (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae and Caenidae) as bio-indicators of stream health in Fiji. The South Pacific Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 28: 82-84.

  • Fasi, J., Brodie, G. & Markwell, T. (2010). Quantifying the dominance of little fire ant (Wasmannia auropunctata) and its effect on crops in Solomon Islands. Proceedings of the 11th Pacific Science International Congress, Tahiti, French Polynesia: Pacific Countries and their Ocean: Facing Local and Global Changes.

  • Brodie, G.& Barker, G.M. (2011). Introduced land snails and slugs in the Fiji Islands: are there risks involved? Pages. 32-36. In: Veitch, C. R.; Clout, M. N. and Towns, D. R. (eds). Island Invasives: Eradication and Management. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Gland, Switzerland. 541 pp.

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