Bishop Museum in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea (PNG) has some of the largest expanses of intact rain forests on the planet. However, these forests are being logged at an alarming and unsustainable rate. If nothing is done, by 2021 only 17% of commercially accessible forest will remain. As about 80% of the population relies heavily on forests and adjacent marine ecosystems for their subsistence, deforestation and the resulting runoff could lead to an environmental catastrophe and unprecedented cultural change. Scientists from Bishop Museum are working at both the local and international level to stave off this sort of environmental catastrophe.
Allen Allison, PhD – Senior Zoologist
Dr. Allen Allison has worked for the Bishop Museum for 35 years. He has conducted field work in Papua New Guinea since 1973, with support from the National Science Foundation and other sources, and has discovered more than 100 new species of amphibians and reptiles. In 2001 he established the Kamiali Biological Station on the north coast of New Guinea to advance research, conservation, and training in the Pacific region.
Kenneth Longenecker, PhD – Assistant Zoologist
Dr. Ken Longenecker is an associate researcher and a 10-year staff member of the Bishop Museum. His work focuses on generating biological information that promotes conservation and sustainable use of marine animals. He has been working in Papua New Guinea for six years.