AM Expedition: Solomon Islands, 2016
This page aggregates content created about and by scientists working in the Solomon Islands researching mammalian biodiversity.
Chief Esau in the forests of Malaita, Solomon Islands
Photographer: Tyrone Lavery © Australian Museum
In April 2016, project funding was secured for multiple expeditions to the Solomon Islands over the following year. The aim is to increase our understanding of the mammalian biodiversity in these tropical islands, combining both current scientific methods and traditional local community knowledge to do so.
Prof Tim Flannery, with 30 years experience in the field in the Solomons, is helping to facilitate the expeditions and related workshops.
Dy Tyrone Lavery is the inaugural recipient of the Australian Museum Research Institute's Expedition Fellowship for 2015/16. Tyrone is in the field in the Solomon Islands.
Dr David Maclaren is the Regional Coordinator of Kwaio communities, and working in the field.
Tommy Esau is the Community Leader, Malaita, Solomon Islands, and in the field.
Dr Jeff Noro heads the PNG Science and Technology Secretariat and is in the field.
Junior Novera is a PhD Student at UQ and regional co-ordinator for Bougainville, PNG.
6 DECEMBER 2016
'Malaitas Monster Rat' by Tyrone Lavery.
21 OCTOBER 2016
'Kainake and the kamare: Hot on the trail of Bougainville's giant rats' by Tyrone Lavery.
13 SEPTEMBER 2016
'A view of Malaita from the clouds' by Tyrone Lavery.
'AM Expedition: Solomon Islands, chapter 2', introduction to Tyrone Lavery.
9 AUGUST 2016
'Through village gardens and into the mist' by Tyrone Lavery.
11 JULY 2016
'Welkam to Honiara' by Tyrone Lavery.
'AM Expedition: Solomon Islands, chapter 1', introduction to the project.
20 MAY 2016
'Walking in the footsteps of giants' by Tyrone Lavery.
18 APRIL 2016
'Our current knowledge of the endemic mammals of the Solomon Islands Archipelago' by Tyrone Lavery.
14 APRIL 2016
'Solomon Islands expedition seeks to conserve the extraordinary monkey-faced bat and giant rat' by Ivy Shih for The Conversation.
12 APRIL 2016
'Tim Flannery leads expedition seeking rare animals in 'the Galapagos' of the Western Pacific' by Jemima Garrett for ABC News.
6 APRIL 2016
'Australian Museum Expeditions: Giant Rats and Monkey-faced Bats of the Solomon Islands Archipelago' by Alex Nuttall.