Biodiversity of high islands

The biodiversity survey and inventory focuses on high and middle elevation sites (>150m) on the high-elevation islands to determine biological elements unique to the islands, as well as those that are likely to be Polynesian introductions or more recent arrivals. These high islands are in 4 archipelagoes, the Societies, Marquesas, Gambiers, and Australs (see map on the data page). Extinction in these islands, at least for birds, has been very high. For much of French Polynesia, arthropods are all that remains of a uniquely evolved fauna and, like the flora, are largely confined to elevations above 300-700m. These sites are where we are focusing the survey efforts.

Expeditions

Slide shows and reports


Marquesas

July 2000


Society Islands

July 2000


Rapa, Austral Islands

Dec 2002


Rimatara, Australs

Nov 2004


Raiatea, Society Islands

July 2006


Pito Hiti, Tahiti

July 2006


Moorea & Tahiti I

July 2006


Moorea & Tahiti II

Sept 2006


Austral Islands

Dec 2006


Tuamotus

Mar 2007


Leeward Societies

Mar, May 2007


Tahiti

June 2007


Marquesas

July, Aug 2007


Austral Islands

Mar-Apr 2008


Moorea

Aug-Nov 2008


Moorea

2008-2009 K-12


Tahiti

Mar 2009


Raiatea

Mar 2009


Moorea

Aug-Oct 2009




 

Tohiea Summit, Moorea [photo: D Polhemus]