Nunia Thomas joined NatureFiji-MareqetiViti as a conservation officer in December 2007 after completing her MSc. at the University of the South Pacific in September 2007. NatureFiji-MareqetiViti is Fiji’s only local membership based organisation working solely for the conservation and sustainable use of Fiji’s biodiversity. Nnia is now Acting Director.
Nunia was a graduate assistant at the University of South Pacific’s South Pacific Regional Herbarium from 2003 – 2007, where she attained her MSc and conducted biodiversity survey expeditions, environment impact assessments and community based conservation workshops with the SPRH team. The subject of her thesis was ‘The Distribution and Abundance of the Endangered Fiji Ground Frog (Platymantis vitianus) and the Introduced Cane Toad (Chaunus [Bufo] marinus) on Viwa Island in Tailevu’.
Nunia has been co-author in five scientific papers through her partnered research on Tropical Montane Cloud Forests, Fiji crested iguana ecology and Fiji ground frog ecology.
She is the Fiji NGO focal point of the Ramsar Conventional on Wetlands Communication, Education, and Public Awareness; technical advisor on the government led National Protected Areas Committee, NBSAP Species working group, and is NatureFiji-MareqetiViti’s herpetologist in biodiversity expeditions.
Outside of work, Nunia maintains an active presence with her faith community in her parish, as a continuous source of inspiration for her passion in Fiji’s biodiversity and its sustainable use.