Samantha Oester, Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section president-elect, has studied marine animals and conservation around the globe, as well as freshwater ecology and aquatic microbiology in remote locations. She has also worked in Haiti as a medical volunteer, including after the 2010 earthquake. She has become passionate about helping to reduce poverty and improve public health while also ameliorating habitat for endangered and endemic coastal and marine species.
Cap-Haïtien, along Haiti’s northern coast, is the country’s second largest city and plagued with severe degradation and destruction of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Cap-Haïtien is also home to many people who need an improved environment, and recent surveys in other parts of northern Haiti indicate the watershed may still host residence to species important to biodiversity conservation, including critically endangered marine species.
Research is still in its infancy in Haiti, especially in the Cap-Haïtien region, and Oester’s pilot project is collecting data in the Cap-Haïtien watershed, including marine, freshwater, mangrove and inland riverine wetland data, which will be discussed in her ICCB ECCB 2015 presentation. Working with the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine, Haiti’s only marine conservation non-governmental organization, Oester’s research will start a large, long-term research and monitoring project in the region to improve life for all in Cap-Haïtien Bay.
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ICCB 2015 Presentation: Degradation in a critical watershed of northern Haiti: A holisitic watershed approach to marine conservation in Cap-Haïtien Bay
Presentation Time and Location: Poster session on Wednesday, 5 August 2016, 5:15-6:30pm (17:15-18:30) in Exhibit Hall
ICCB 2015, the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology, will be held in conjunction with the 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology on August 2-6, 2015 in Montpellier, France. ICCB is the conference of the Society for Conservation Biology.