Special Advisor, Melanesia
Ms. Miriam Supuma is The Christensen Fund’s Special Advisor for Melanesia. Miriam advises our work in Melanesia and contributes to our overall grantmaking across the foundation.
Miriam comes to Christensen with a wealth of experience in biodiversity conservation and research and in non-profit management including previous positions at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS-PNG) where she began as a staff biologist and later became Acting Co-director. In 2008, Miriam co-founded the Papua New Guinea Institute of Biological Research, Inc (PNGIBR) where she served as Co-Director. Her work has emphasized the training of researchers in both the scientific and cultural aspects of conservation and in building the field of Papua New Guinean-led and informed research. Most recently, Miriam has been a doctoral student at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. Her thesis, Endemic Birds in Papua New Guinea’s Montane Forests: Human Use and Conservation looks at hunting, trade, and use of PNG’s endemic montane birds in cultural adornment (headdress).