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Ross, Annie


annie.ross@uq.edu.au
University of Queensland, Australia
Social surveys, educational materials, anthropology: Marovo
UQ Marovo Project

Current affiliation, academic qualifications and contact details

Dr Anne Ross, BA (Hons) [University of Sydney], PhD [Macquarie University]
School of Natural and Rural Systems Management and School of Social Science, University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
annie.ross@uq.edu.au
Tel. + 61 7 3365 1450           
Fax + 61 7 3365 1544           

Research

My research in thee Solomon Islands has primarily focused on how the peoples of Marovo perceive their environment.  During 2006 and 2007, with a student of mine, Mr Mark Love, we undertook a number of surveys and questionnaires to determine Marovo people’s attitudes to water degradation and fish-stock changes in the lagoon.  We found that many people wanted information about the science associated with lagoon health and marine degradation made available to schools. Consequently Mark and I developed some education materials for primary schools and for use in Seventh Day Adventist Sabbath Schools.

The UQ project team has written a community-based report on the results of the first stage of the research project, and we have also completed a report on this first part of the UQ project.  In the second stage of the project, the social science team aims to expand the survey and questionnaires to other villages to determine what, if any, differences in perceptions of the lagoon and the fishery exist.  As a whole, the project team is also expanding the education materials to meet specific requests by Marovo village communities.

My knowledge of SI Pijin is passable and I am able to use Marovo words that commonly replace Pijin vocabulary in Marovo Lagoon.  I do not speak Marovo.  Nevertheless, the UQ project team has made many efforts to develop educational materials in local language by having resource kits translated before publication.

The research being undertaken by the UQ project team as a whole will help people living in Marovo lagoon to understand the impacts that development and geological catastrophes have had and may continue to have on the environment and resources of the lagoon.  The social science research demonstrates that people both understand and are concerned about the nexus between development change and the long-term viability of the lagoon to sustain local communities and people’s livelihoods.  The development of educational materials that address some of the specific concerns of the communities in the lagoon have the potential to ensure that people bring an awareness of the science of lagoon health to the management planning table.

Key publications/reports/materials
S. Albert, J. Udy, I. Tibbetts, N. Duke, D. Neil, M. Love, C. Roelfsema and A. Ross 2006  Chiniena ba lineana pa Marovo Lagoon [Condition of the marine environments in Marovo Lagoon].  Report to Marovo community. University of Queensland, Brisbane.

S. Albert, M. Love, C. Roelfsema, N. Duke, J. Udy and I. Tibbetts 2007  Marovo: A lagoon and people facing change.  In Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 29-41.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

S. Albert, M. Love, J. Udy, I. Tibbetts, C. Roelfsema, D. Neil, G. Manion, S. Hough, A. Ross and N. Duke 2007  Science addressing community concerns about the marine environment.  In Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 43-83.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

N. Duke, J. Udy, S. Albert, M. Love, A. Ross, I. Tibbetts, C. Rolelfsema, D. Neil, G. Manion, J. Prange, J. Corrin-Care, R. W. Carter, P. Dart and S. Hough (eds)
2007 Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

N. Duke, M. Love, S. Albert, J. Udy, A. Ross, I. Tibbetts, C. Roelfsema, R.W. Carter, J. Corrin-Care and D. Neil 2007  The UQ Marovo Experience: science-based support for community management of marine resources.  In Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 11-27.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

A. Grinham 2007  Downstream effects of land use on shallow-water benthic microalgal communities in Moreton Bay, Australia, and Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  PhD thesis, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

M. Love 2006  Projected epistemologies and unintended consequences: in consideration of environmental change and marine protected areas in Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  B.A. Honours thesis, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

M. Love and A. Ross 2006  Preliminary anthropological field report: UQ Solomon Marovo Project Report.  University of Queensland, Brisbane.

M. Love, A. Ross and J. Corrin-Care 2007  Strengthening community capacity.  In Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 85-97.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

M. Love and A. Ross 2007  Social and cultural considerations.  In Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 99-109.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

M. Love, A. Ross, J. Udy, R.W. Carter and C. Howell 2007  Economic considerations.  In Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 111-127.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

M. Love, J. Corrin-Care and A. Ross with S. Albert, I. Tibbetts, J. Udy. C. Roelfsema and N. Duke 2007  Lessons learned, future directions and recommendations.  In Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 129-141.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.


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