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Moorea IDEA

"Tropical paradise inspires virtual ecology lab", Daniel Cressey, Nature

The island of Moorea. Image generated by Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Corbis

The island of Moorea. Image generated by Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Corbis

Moorea IDEA, also known as Moorea Avatar, is a digital representation of the Pacific island of Moorea's ecological and social systems that draws on the best available scientific knowledge to show what the island looked like in the past and to predict how it might look in the future. 

This effort was initiated by researchers at UC Berkeley, CNRS-EPHE, ETH Zürich, Oxford University, UC Santa Barbara and the MCR LTER. The IDEA Consortium members include the following institutions.

For more information, visit: Moorea IDEA and UC Berkeley Gump Station's websites.

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OUR SHARED JOURNEY WITH THE GUMP STATION & AFFILIATED GROUPS

Our founder has been collaborating with UC Berkeley Gump Station and members of the IDEA consortium since 2015 in the capacity of liaison and project coordinator to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing between the IDEA scientists and island stakeholders. She's also provided some recommendations to enable the larger expansion of the IDEA model and the sharing of data beyond French Polynesia. Other contributions she's made include: the preparation of bilingual presentations, press releases, papers, strategic documentation for potential investors, and three grant proposals to support the station’s $5.6M campaign and fundraising for flagship projects.

WHERE TO?

By continuing to support the Gump Station and its partners until this day, Space2Leap hopes to increase the station's impact as a scientific, technological, and educational hub in the South Pacific Ocean. The station is well positioned to promote models for context-inspired, collaborative, and culturally sensitive island economies in the Pacific. This is a vision we would like to push forward and engage the island communities with. By acting as a Liaison and Fundraising Coordinator in the US and in French Polynesia in parallel to building institutional and organization capacity, we seek to create value at the confluence of sustainable development, cultural evolution, and technological innovation in service of this vision. By continuing to act as an evangelist for the station and the University of California within the Polynesian triangle and internationally, Space2Leap also hopes to intensify the exposure of Polynesian youth to world-class science, collaborative research, and citizen science.

KEY SERVICES

  • Project discovery, scope refinement, and planning

  • Concept development/content creation/storytelling

  • Project management (coordination, monitoring, and reports) 

  • Capacity/institutional/network building (e.g. Gump Station, Moorea Ecostation, IDEA Network)

  • Grant and press writing

  • Public relations: representation in events and collaboration on pitch letters and press releases

  • Strategy: brainstorming, refinement, implementation

  • Data collection (e.g., IDEA Civil Society Meetings, Ethnocode)

 

INSIDE MOOREA AVATAR

Welcome to the UCB Gump Station on the island of Moorea

Welcome to the UCB Gump Station on the island of Moorea

Early morning hike with the Moorea IDEA scientists during a 4 day workshop on the island.

Early morning hike with the Moorea IDEA scientists during a 4 day workshop on the island.

First presentation of the day by Dr. Neo Martinez, Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona.

First presentation of the day by Dr. Neo Martinez, Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona.

Meeting between the Moorea IDEA and CRIOBE scientists on Moorea. The CRIOBE is one of France’s preeminent laboratories for the study of coral reef ecosystems.

Meeting between the Moorea IDEA and CRIOBE scientists on Moorea. The CRIOBE is one of France’s preeminent laboratories for the study of coral reef ecosystems.

Community meeting at the French research center CRIOBE with local mayor representatives.

Community meeting at the French research center CRIOBE with local mayor representatives.

Meeting at the Gump Station between the Moorea idea scientists and the people of Moorea.

Meeting at the Gump Station between the Moorea idea scientists and the people of Moorea.

End of our morning hike with the Moorea IDEA science team. Ready for productive work day.

End of our morning hike with the Moorea IDEA science team. Ready for productive work day.

Field trip guided by Frank Murphy, Associate Director of Scientific Operations at the Gump Station, and Chris Meyer, Project Director of the Moorea Biocode Project and Research Zoologist at the Smithsonian Institution. 

Field trip guided by Frank Murphy, Associate Director of Scientific Operations at the Gump Station, and Chris Meyer, Project Director of the Moorea Biocode Project and Research Zoologist at the Smithsonian Institution. 

Dr. Neil Davies, Executive Director of the UC Berkeley Gump Station presenting the Moorea IDEA project at BIDS - Berkeley Institute for Data Science.

Dr. Neil Davies, Executive Director of the UC Berkeley Gump Station presenting the Moorea IDEA project at BIDS - Berkeley Institute for Data Science.