Stacy Jupiter

Dr. Stacy Jupiter, Melanesia Director at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), works as a conservation advisor with the RTI project, Bridging Reef Resilience Research and Conservation. Stacy has been working with WCS in Fiji since 2008, focusing on establishing resilient MPA networks. She specializes in combining robust scientific tools with local knowledge and participation to develop and tailor solutions for sustainable coastal management. With the WCS Fiji team, Stacy has been working on assessing the effectiveness of locally managed marine areas to meet food security, livelihood, and biodiversity conservation objectives. After completing a bachelor’s degree in biology at Harvard University, she worked as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, teaching rural farmers how to build fishponds and develop sustainable agriculture. Her Ph.D. research through the University of California, Santa Cruz and University of Queensland focused on linkages between land use and downstream impacts to water quality and nearshore coral reefs, topics which she continued to develop as a postdoctoral researcher with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia. Contact Stacy