Ecological Solutions, Solomon Islands (ESSI)                   
 

About Us


Our Team

 

Co-Directors

David Boseto and Patrick Pikacha each hold environmental undergraduate and masters degrees from The University of the South Pacific (USP), Fiji. Both have gone onto do other postgraduate degrees in Australia and the USA. Before forming ESSI both held various portfolios with conservation and non-government organizations and universities. Both are responsible for administration, sourcing funding, reporting and networking for ESSI. In addition both are avid field researchers. 

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ESSI Staff Profiles

David Boseto, Co-Director & Ichthyologist

David is an ichthyologists and aquatic ecologists with 13 years of experience as a field biologist. He is currently working on freshwater, estuarine and near shore fish communities and zoogeography of Solomon Islands. He has conducted scientific research and field surveys and collections, and collaborated with other scientific expeditions in Solomon Islands, Fiji, Kosrae, Australia, New Caledonia, Japan and USA. David has also worked with industries like Kolombangara Forest Plantation Ltd, Eagon Pacific Plantations Ltd, and Sumitomo Metal Mining Ltd in the Solomon Islands and Emperor Gold Mining Ltd in Fiji. He has also co-authored two chapters of the book Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change. Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Noumea, New Caledonia edited by Bell JD, Johnson JE and Hobday AJ (eds) (2011). He has also co-authored a number of scientific papers. He is currently a member of the IUCN Red list- Oceania Freshwater Fish Specialist Group. David holds an MSc (Environmental Science) (Texas A & M-Corpus Christi, USA), and MSc (Marine Science), BSc (Marine Science) (USP, Fiji). 

 

Felix Tavana Ijapitu, Accountant

Felix graduated with a Diploma in Business from Fulton College, Fiji in 2011. He previously held a position as an assistant in accounts at Freight Services at Suva, Fiji. He then moved to Accounts at Willies Holding Company in Honiara, Solomon Islands and later as a Manager for Willies Holding Company at Gizo. He joined ESSI in July 2014. 

 

Myknee Sirikolo, Botanist

A botanist with more than 20 years of experience in the Solomon Islands. He is currently director of the Solomon Islands National Herbarium. Myknee has also worked with industries like Kolombangara Forest Plantation Ltd, Eagon Pacific Plantations Ltd, Sumitomo Metal Mining Ltd, amongst many others. He has a number of publications to his name on the Flora of Solomon Islands in Scientific journals and co-authored a number of books, such as Mangroves of the Solomon Islands and The Forest Food of Choiseul. He has worked for international conservation organizations like World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Solomon Islands for three years (2008-2010), and the University of the South Pacific, as Scientific Officer (Biodiversity) from 2011 to 2012. Myknee has also undertaken extensive field work on the flora of the Solomon Islands. Recently Myknee was engaged on flora surveys as part of the Environment Impact Assessment for the Tina River Hydro Electricity Project on Guadalcanal, and the Save Island Geothermal Electricity Project, Central Province. Both are national development projects for the Solomon Islands Government. Myknee holds a Diploma in Forestry (SICHE, Solomon Islands), and Diploma in Botany (Kew Botanical Gardens, United Kingdon). 

Patrick Pikacha, Co-Director, Environment Research Scientist

Patrick developed an interest in the environment at an early age. He began his career as a high school teacher and university tutor, amongst other things. He worked for Conservation International in the Solomons, and has consulted independently conducting biological assessments for both conservation organizations and industries including WWF, and Natural Forest Development Foundation. And for industries like Kolombangara Forest Plantation Ltd, Eagon Pacific Plantations Ltd, and Sumitomo Metal Mining Ltd, and the Tina Hydro Project on Guadalcanal. Patrick was involved in the BBC South Pacific documentaries with the BBC Natural History Channel, and the Monster Fish: Giant Eels episode for National Geographic. His field experience spans almost two decades, in that time he has authored a number of journal articles and two books, Wild West: Rainforests of Western Solomon Islands, and co-author of Frogs of the Solomon Islands.  Patrick has a PhD in Ecology from the University of Queensland, Australia, and MA, BA (Geography) (USP, Fiji). 

Isaac Qoloni, Field Research Officer

Isaac is ESSI's field Field Research Officer based on Choiseul. He has been involved in ridge to reef work on Choiseul for 2 years, and has also been involved in mapping a proposed protected area. Isaac also has experience with conducting Environment Impact Assessments. He is a graduate of Solomon Islands National University in the Certificate of Environmental Studies.  

Cornelius Qaqara, Field Research Officer

Cornelius is ESSI's Field Reseach Officer based on Choiseul. He has been involved in ridge to reef work on Choiseul for 2 years, and is also involved in mapping a proposed protected area. Cornelius also has experience with conducting Environment Impact Assessments. He is a graduate of Solomon Islands National University in the Certificate of Environmental Studies.  

Piokera Holland, Field Research Officer

Piokera works on the Kolombangara Protected Areas Scoping Project in collaboration with Kolombangara Island Biodiversity and Conservation Association (KIBCA) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He is also engaged in fieldwork for the Biocultural Project in Marovo (Western Province) with the American Museum of Natural History. He is a graduate of Solomon Islands National University (SINU).

Douglas Pikacha, Jr, Field Research Officer

Douglas is a ESSI staff assisting the Biocultural Project with the American Museum of Natural History in Marovo (Western Province).He is also research field assistant for ESSI field team working with the Kansas University (USA) to conduct biological research in the Solomon Islands. Douglas has a BSc (Biology and Geography) from University of the South Pacific, Fiji. 

Ikuo Tigulu, Field Research Officer 

Ikuo is our ESSI staff working on the Kolombangara Protected Areas Scoping Project in collaboration with Kolombangara Island Biodiversity and Conservation Association (KIBCA) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He is also research field assistant for ESSI field team working with the Kansas University (USA) to conduct biological research in the Solomon Islands. Ikuo has a BSc (Environmental Science) from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. 

Hensllyn Boseto, Office & Project Manager 

Hensllyn joined ESSI as the Office & Project Manager in January 2016. Hensllyn is involved with the Kolombangara Protected Areas Scoping Project in collaboration with Kolombangara Island Conservation Association (KIBCA) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Hensllyn is also engaged with ESSI & CEPF funded project in Choiseul; Mapping of Customary Lands in Mount Maetambe to Kolobangara River. Hensllyn holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Honours) from James Cook University (Australia).

Karina Apusae, Volunteer trainee 

Katrina is an ESSI volunteer trainee and graduate of SINU in the Certificate of Environmental studies.

 

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