KUCHING – ‘Living Treasure of Hawai’i’, Dr. Sam ‘Ohu Gon will be sharing his passion on ecology and conservation on 9 November 2017 in Kuching.
At age 57, Dr Sam ‘Ohu Gon, a Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor at the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, is the youngest individual to be named Living Treasures of Hawaii™. With more than thirty years of experience in Hawaiian ecology, including biological inventories and research, field ecology, entomology, arachnology, ethnology, natural community classification, ecology modelling and biological database management, his career has warranted his recognition as a living treasure.
His two-year undertaking of compiling a comprehensive biological inventory of the state’s natural area reserves was unprecedented. Aside from his extensive knowledge on biology, Gon’s knowledge of Hawaiian culture, history and language is equally extensive.
A graduate of McKinley High School, Gon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from the University of Hawaii, Mānoa in 1978 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from the University of California, Davis in 1985. Gon previously served as the Director of Science and Program Coordinator for the Hawaii Nature Heritage Program. He has also served two terms on the Board of Land and Natural Resources from 2006 to 2014. He is also an affiliate faculty member at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.
Gon’s talk titled ‘Balancing economic development and environmental conservation through a community-based approach’, will be held at the Museum Café at 6.30 pm on 9 November 2017. He will be sharing his experiences and passion with members of the public. The talk is organized by Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia and Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program (WCS Malaysia).
For more information and to register for the talk, contact Constance at email@example.com or call 082 - 610 610.