IMG_9983_1The LMMA Network welcomes Brad Carte, FLMMA’s new Country Coordinator, who joined the Network in late 2013. An honorary fellow at the Institute of Applied Sciences, USP, and a Lecturer in the School of Marine Studies, Brad has a PhD in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and over 20 years pharmaceutical industry experience in developing and managing large scale programs for the sustainable development of natural resources, with a special focus on the marine environment.

Brad has published over 40 articles in peer reviewed journals and presented numerous presentations to both technical and general public audiences throughout the world including the US, UK, Switzerland, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia and South Africa.

In 2011 Brad moved to Fiji, leaving the Pharmaceutical Industry, so that he could focus more closely on conservation issues. Shortly thereafter, he spent 2 months in Uluibau Village on the Island of Moturiki, working with the NGO Corals for Conservation on a coral reef restoration project. He is currently assisting Professor Bill Aalbersberg in the establishment of a new South Pacific Center for Biodiversity Conservation and Drug Discovery at USP, which aims to build local institutions and attitudes to conserve marine biodiversity in ways that provide positive economic incentives for the owners of these marine environments. Brad is also in the process of learning Fijian.