Eric Katovai

Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the Solomon Islands National University

Dr Eric Katovai is an accomplished environmental biologist with a specialization in ecosystem functioning, plant ecology, and biodiversity conservation and restoration. Currently serving as the Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor – Academic and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU), Dr. Katovai brings an impressive 18-year academic career to his current role.

Dr. Katovai’s academic journey is marked by key administrative roles, including Assistant Dean at Pacific Adventist University (PAU) and Director of Research and Postgraduate at PAU. Prior to his current position, he served as the Biodiversity Conservation Research Group Leader at the University of the South Pacific (USP) from 2019 to 2022.

His expertise is centred on Tropical Forest Ecology in Melanesia, delving into critical themes such as biodiversity, vegetation dynamics, and ecosystem functioning in human-altered landscapes. Dr. Katovai actively engages in research and landscape rehabilitation projects in the Solomon Islands, emphasizing the alignment of research and policy development to address the specific needs of the country.

An advocate for young scientists, Dr. Katovai fosters research initiatives addressing local, regional, and global challenges. His academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Tropical Ecology from James Cook University, Australia, a Master’s in Conservation Biology from the University of Queensland, Australia, and Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Physics. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Education in Biology and Physics from Pacific Adventist University, Papua New Guinea.

In his multifaceted roles and academic accomplishments, Dr. Katovai stands as a driving force in the academic and environmental spheres, showcasing unwavering dedication to research, education, and the ecological well-being of the Pacific Islands.

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