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Consultant on Sustainable Development for Small Island Developing States - professional CV
Richard Chesher, Ph.D - Consultant on Sustainable Development for the Small Island States.
Dr. Chesher is an independent Marine Scientist specializing in the impact of humanity on the natural systems of our ocean world.
For the past thirty five years, he has sailed the South Pacific aboard the Research Vessel Moira seeking an understanding of how and why humans are systematically destroying their ocean and island environment. He has worked with island governments, regional organizations and the United Nations to identify possible ways of changing community behaviour patterns.
In the progress of his adventures, Dr. Chesher has sought the fascinating social and evolutionary forces that guide the behaviour of individuals and communities. These concepts are now emerging as a whole new aspect of modern biological science.
It is an idea that could never have emerged without the advances in bio-sensory technology over the past 50 years. Yet once realized, everyone can rapidly understand and identify with the concept on a personal level. Dr. Chesher introduces the concept in “The Thread of Awareness in Chaos”. It is a story that begins with the creatures of the sea and emerges into the world of Man and may, one day, have a profound effect on our civilizations' environmental point of view.
Dr. Chesher’s Qualificatons
Bachelor of Science. Zoology and Chemistry, 1963. University of Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
Doctor of Philosophy, Marine Sciences, 1967. Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami.
Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1967. The Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.
Management Training, 1970 Westinghouse Learning Corporation.
40 years of professional experience in island environments, including the Florida Keys, Bahamas, Barbados, Gulf of Guinea, Africa, Panama, Colombia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Yap, the Philippines, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Australia, New Caledonia, Fiji, Wallis, Vanuatu, Western Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand.
Working with volunteers for resource assessment and monitoring including:
SCUBA Instructors Rating. 1959. Qualified to 140 feet. Divers Training Academy, Kendall, Florida.
Commercial Deep Sea Diving Certificate. 1959. Qualified to depth of 150 feet. Qualified SCUBA, Hard Hat, Mixed Gas, Rebreathers. Divers Training Academy, Kendall, Florida.
Instructor's Certificate. 1968. Professional Association of Diving Instructors.
Certificate of Aquanaut Training. 1970. Presented by R. Morton, United States Secretary of the Interior. Qualified on use and maintenance of the G.E. Mark 10 closed-cycle mixed gas unit and long term saturation diving.
Research Diving Instructor. 1975. Professional Association of Diving Instructors.
Platinum 5000 1996. Presented with the SSI Platinum 5000 Award for distinguished contributions to the world of Scientific Diving.
1958. Commenced diving in Long Island Sound, New York.
1959. Employed as SCUBA Instructor and commercial diver by Carl Gage's Divers Training Academy in Kendall Florida.
1960-1963. Employed as commercial diver, testing camera and swimmer propulsion units by Dimitri Ribicoff (Chicago Bridge and Iron) in Florida and the Bahama Islands.
1963-1967. Graduate student at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Miami, Florida engaged in development of diving techniques for underwater environmental studies of coral reefs and underwater photography.
1967-1969. Postdoctoral work at Harvard University. Working in cooperation with Herald Edgerton of MIT on underwater time-lapse photography.
1969-1970. Associate Professor University of Guam.
1970-1972. Manager for Marine Ecology of Westinghouse Ocean Research Laboratories in Florida.
Underwater research on the impact of desalination plants and power plants on the marine environment.
1971. Tektite II, a month-long saturation dive in the Virgin Islands in association with US NASA to investigate the impact of pesticides on coral physiology.
1972. Hydrolab Saturation Dives in the Bahama Islands
1972-1975. President The Marine Research Foundation.
1975. Instigated Research Diving Instructor rating in PADI.
1975-1998 Vice President of the Marine Research Foundation aboard the Research Vessel Moira in the South Pacific.
1978-79. Reef surveys and underwater photography in North Queensland, Australia.
1979-1981 Pearl Oyster Surveys in Papua New Guinea.
1981-1982 Dolphin research in Australia
1983-1985 Participant in South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme of the South Pacific Commission.
1985 to 1987 Ground-truth surveys in shallow-water marine environments for development of geographic information system based on satellite imagery. Fiji, New Caledonia, and Tonga.
Earthwatch Expeditions to Tonga for resource mapping using remote sensing.
1988-1991 Earthwatch Expeditions to Tonga on the development of Community Based Marine Sanctuaries for Giant Clams.
Underwater video productions for environmental education.
1992-1993 Production of a video series on Dangerous Marine Animals with Dr. Carl Edmonds in Sydney Australia.
1992-1995 Earthwatch Expeditions to Tonga surveying coral reefs and development of community coral reef management plan for the Kingdom of Tonga.
1995-Present. Diving, cruising and mapping activities in Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
Owner and operator of research vessels since 1958. Competent in diesel repair, photovoltaic and wind generation systems, celestial navigation, weather analysis, cartography, survey techniques, marine electrics, licensed amateur radio operator, single engine land aircraft pilot, specialist in design and fabrication of underwater photographic and video equipment.
Active professional photographer (Photo Researchers, Inc. New York and SEAPHOT, London: Agents), experienced in photojournalism, slide show production, film making and video production. Fully equipped for video production and digital still photography (surface and sub marine).
Chesher, R.H. 1963."The Morphology and Function of the Frontal Ambulacrum of Moira atropos," Bull. Mar. Sci. 13(4):549 573.
Chesher, R.H. 1966. "Rediscription of the Echinoid species Paraster floridiensis,"Bull. Mar. Sci., 16(1):1 19.
Chesher, R.H. 1966. "Report on Echinoidea collected by R/V PILLSBURY in the Gulf of Guinea," Studies Tropical Oceanography, No.4(1), the R/V PILLSBURY Deep Sea Biological Expedition to the Gulf of Guinea, 1964 1965, 209 223.
Chesher, R.H. 1968. "The Systematics of Sympatric Species in West Indian Spatangoids," Studies Tropical Oceanography, No.7, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Miami, viii and 186 pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1968. "Transport of Marine Plankton through the Panama Canal," Limnology and Oceanography 13(2):387 388.
Chesher, R.H. 1968. "Lytechinus williamsi, a new Sea Urchin from Panama," Breviora 305: 13pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1969. "The Biology and Ecology of Meoma ventricosa (Echinoidea: Spatangoida)," Bull. Mar. Sci. 19(1):72 110.
Chesher, R.H. 1970. "Biological results of the University of Miami Deep Sea Expeditions. Evolution in the Genus Meoma (Echinoidea: Spatangoida) and a description of a new species from Panama," Bull. Mar. Sci., 20(3):731 761.
Chesher, R.H. 1970. "Echinoids collected by the R/V PILLSBURY in the Western Caribbean and the Gulf of Panama," in Bayer, F.M. Voss, and Robins, Bioenvironmental and radiological safety feasibility studies Atlantic Pacific Interoceanic Canal. Report on the Marine Fauna on Benthic Shelf Slope Communities of the Isthmian Region. Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences: University of Miami, Pages 42, A51 52, A105 105, A275 276.
Chesher, R.H. 1971. "Biological Impact of a Large Scale Desalination Plant at Key West," U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Water Pollution Control Research Series 18080 GBX, 12/71 xii and 150 pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1972. "The Status of Knowledge of Panamanian Echinoids 1971, with comments on other Echinoderms," in M.L. Jones ed. the Panamic Biota; some observations prior to a sea level canal. Bull. Biol. Soc. Wash. 2:139 158.
Chesher, R.H. 1972. "A new Paraster (Echinoidea: Spatangoida) from the Caribbean," Bull. Mar. Sci., 22(1):10 25.
Chesher, R.H. 1973. "Environmental Analysis: Canals and Quarries of the Lower Florida Keys," C. Toppino and Sons, Inc. Rockland Key Florida. x and 162pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1973. "Impact of Effluent from the Barbados Power Plant on Adjacent Coral Reef and Lagoon," Canadian International Power Company. 130 pp, 42 figs.
Chesher, R.H. 1973. "Environmental Impact of Cooling Water Discharge into the Key West Coastal Waters and a Plan for Pollution Abatement," City Electric System, Key West, Florida. 56 pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1974. "Environmental Impact Assessment for the Municipal Sanitary Land Fill," City of Key West, Florida. 49 pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1974. "Environmental Impact Statement for Land Fill Activities in a Mangrove Area." U.S. Air Force, Cudjoe Key, Florida Keys.
Chesher, R.H. 1974. "Canal Survey Florida Keys," Society for Correlation of Progress and Environment, Big Pine Key, Florida, 173pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1974. "Environmental Impact Statement for Canal Construction to Eliminate a Pollution Problem," Flame Key Inc. 43 pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1975. "Biological Impact of a Large Scale Desalination Plant," in Wood and Johannes (Ed.) Tropical Marine Pollution. Elsevier, New York: 99 153.
Chesher, R.H. 1979. "Stock Assessment: Gold Lip and Black Lip Oysters near Tagula, Papua New Guinea." Fisheries Division, Department of Primary Industries, Papua New Guinea. 22pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1979. "Stock Assessment: Lapi, Black Lip and Gold Lip Oysters Near the Trobriand Islands." Fisheries Division, Department of Primary Industries, Papua New Guinea. 13pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1980. "Stock Assessment of Commercial Invertebrates of Milne Bay Coral Reefs." Fisheries Division, Department of Primary Industries, Papua New Guinea. 56 pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1981. "Long term Changes in Dry Tortugas Coral Reef Environments," National Geographic Society Research Reports Vol.13:171 175.
Chesher, R.H. 1983. "Educational Materials for Environmental Radio Broadcasting in the Pacific Islands Training Course," South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, South Pacific Commission. 98 pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1984. "Pollution Sources Survey of the Kingdom of Tonga," South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, South Pacific Commission, 110pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1985. "Project Evaluation for the Development of Coastal Resources in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: An In Country Training Course." South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, South Pacific Commission. 117pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1985. Practical problems in coral reef utilization and management: a Tongan case study. Proceedings of the 5th International Coral Reef Congress, Volume 4, Tahiti, pages 213 217.
Chesher, R.H. 1986. (With R. Thaman) "Remote Sensing in the Pacific Islands: Report of the Pacific Island regional Remote Sensing Workshop and Training Course on Resource Mapping, Suva, Fiji." UNDP/ESCAP Regional Remote Sensing Programme, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, UN Building, Bangkok, Thailand. 87pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1987. "An Electronic Atlas for Resource Management and Project Planning in Pacific Islands." Report to the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources. Government of Tonga. 14pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1987. "The Tongan giant clam (Vasuva) revitalization project." Fisheries Newsletter 43:26-33. South Pacific Commission, Noumea, New Caledonia.
Chesher, R.H. 1988. "A microcomputer based resource mapping system for Pacific Islands." SPC/Inshore Fish. Res./BP.33. Paper presented at the South Pacific Commission Workshop on Pacific Inshore Fishery Resources, Noumea, New Caledonia, 14-25 March. 8pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1989. "Giant Clam Circles in the Vava'u Island Group of the Kingdom of Tonga. 1987 to 1989." Report to the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources, Government of Tonga. 47pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1990. "Environmental Management Plan for the Kingdom of Tonga." United Nations. ESCAP. Bangkok, Thailand. ST/ESCAP/887. 197pp.
Chesher R.H. 1990. (with Ulunga Fa'anunu, Aisea Tuipulotu, 'Ofa Fakahau) "REPORT ON THE INSTALLATION OF THREE NEW COMMUNITY GIANT CLAM SANCTUARIES IN THE VAVA'U ISLAND GROUP" Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources, Kingdom of Tonga. 8pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1991a. "Tonga's Community Giant Clam Sanctuaries: A successful environmental improvement project." Report to the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources of the Kingdom of Tonga. 22pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1991b. "Community giant clam sanctuaries: do they increase recruitment on adjacent coral reefs?" Report to the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources of the Kingdom of Tonga.45pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1991c. "Giant clams of Vava'u, Tonga: their growth, mortality, habitats, predators and diseases." Report to the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources of the Kingdom of Tonga.47pp.
Chesher, R.H. 1995. "State of the Environment: Oceania." United Nations. ESCAP. Bangkok, Thailand.
Chesher, R.H. 1996. "Adopt-A-Beach. Conducting a shellfish census." New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries, hard copy distributed to schools plus electronic file on disk.
Chesher, R.H. 1997a. "Case Study on Fishery Resources Development and Management in Western Samoa." United Nations ESCAP. Bangkok, Thailand.
Chesher, R.H. 1997b. "Case Study on Water Resources Development and Management in Kiribati." United Nations ESCAP. Bangkok, Thailand.
Chesher, R.H. 1997c. "Case Study on Land Resources Development and Management in the Solomon Islands." United Nations ESCAP. Bangkok, Thailand.
Chesher, R.H. 1998a. "Modalities for Environmental Assessment; Pacific Island Sub-region." United Nations ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand.
Chesher, R.H. 1998b. "Best Practices for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific". United Nations ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand.
Chesher, R.H. 1999b. "Coastal and Marine Environment" Chapter 5 of the 2000 State of the Environment of Asia and the Pacific.
Chesher, R.H. 2000a. "Review of the State of the Environment." Pacific Sub-regional Consultation Meeting in Preparation for the Ministerial Conference Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific 12-14 April 2000 Port Vila, Vanuatu. United Nations ESCAP. Bangkok, Thailand. www.unescap.com
Chesher, R.H. 2000b. "Current and critical environment and development concerns of the small island developing states of Asia and the Pacific for inclusion in the regional action programme for environmentally sound and sustainable development, 2001-2006." Regional Review Meeting in Preparation for the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, 2000 8-10 May 2000 Bangkok. www.unescap.com
Chesher, R.H. 2000c. "Review Of Implementation Of The Programme Of Action For Sustainable Development Of Small Island Developing States And The Regional Action Programme For Environmentally Sound And Sustainable Development, 1996-2000: Pacific Island Perspective." Regional Review Meeting in Preparation for the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, 2000 8-10 May 2000 Bangkok. www.unescap.com
1982. "The Magic Sea." 16 mm film and video for Environmental Awareness. Development Planning Office, American Samoa.
1983. "A Healthy Island, a Happy Island." Slide Audio presentation on Environmental Awareness. Development Planning Office, American Samoa.
1983. "Island Beautification." Slide Audio presentation on Island Improvement. Development Planning Office, American Samoa.
1983. "Island Appreciation Station Breaks." Environmental Awareness station breaks for KVZK TV, American Samoa.
1985. "River." Video on environmental awareness of a river in New Caledonia. Marine Research Foundation.
1985. "Project Evaluation for Coastal Resources in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands." 30 minute Video on Project Assessment Techniques in Island Environments.
1988. "The Giant Clam Circles of Vava'u" (English and Tongan versions). 30-minute Video on the establishment of community giant clam brood stocks in Vava'u.
1991. "Malu'i Mu'a e Fa'e `a e Vasuva." (Tongan, translates as, `Don't Kill the Mother of All Giant Clams'). 45-minute dramatic Environmental Improvement Video produced in Tongan on the establishment of community giant clam sanctuaries. South Pacific Aguaculture Development Project. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Suva, Fiji.
1991. "Return of the Giant Clam." 35-minute English overlay of the Tongan Environmental Improvement Video. South Pacific Aquaculture Development Project. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Suva, Fiji.
1993. "Pea na'e `afio `a e `Otua kuo lelei" 60-minute Tongan Environmental Improvement Video on the coral reefs of Vava'u. Mana Fakatupu, Kingdom of Tonga.
1993. "How to avoid injuries from Dangerous Marine Animals." 60-minute educational video. Mana Fakatupu, Kingdom of Tonga.
1995. "The Giant Triton, Protector of the Reef." 5-minute educational video produced for Mana Fakatupu, Kingdom of Tonga.
1995. "House of the Fish" 40 minute Tongan Environmental Improvement Video on the coral reefs of Tonga. Mana Fakatupu, Kingdom of Tonga.
1995. "Code of Anchoring in Coral Reef Environments (CARE)." 15-minute educational video for cruising and charter yachts establishing a code of ethics to prevent damage to coral reefs from yacht anchors. Mana Fakatupu, Kingdom of Tonga.
1995. "Nature and Things." A series of short environmental education videos for Air New Zealand in-flight entertainment, aimed at providing passengers with environmental tips to make their vacations more eco-friendly. Shown on inbound flights to New Zealand. Each video is about 5 minutes long. Topics include:
1. The Giant Triton, Protector of the Reef.
2. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
3. Respecting Dangerous Marine Animals
4. Rebuilding Native Forests
Web Sites and Multimedia Productions
1996. "Sea Keepers for Schools." 300 page web site with information about conducting community and school environmental improvement projects http://www.seakeepers-nz.com
1997. "Community Participation in Scientific Research in the South Pacific." The Tellus Consultants Ltd. Web site http://www.tellusconsultants.com
1998. "Thread of Awareness in Chaos" Website and CD-ROM multimedia presentation on cognition science and marine ecology. Tellus Consultants Ltd. Production. PO Box 257, Port Vila, Vanuatu.
2000. Integrated Clean Energy for Peace And Climate Web Site http://www.ice-pac.com
1967. "600 Feet." Skin Diver, 16(11):16 19.
1969. "Filter Feeders." Oceans, 2(2):40 47.
1970. "Coral Reefs in Jeopardy." Science Year, The World Book Science Annual. Field Enterprises Educational Corp. 110 124.
1972. "Oceanography." Collier's Encyclopedia Year Book 1972, Crowell Collier Educational Corp., New York, 401 402.
1973. "Oceanography." Collier's Encyclopedia Year Book 1973, Crowell Collier Educational Corp., New York, 426 427.
1974. "Oceanography." Collier's Encyclopedia Year Book 1974, Crowell Collier Educational Corp., New York, 388 389.
1974. "Oceanography." Science Year, The World Book Science Annual 1974, Field Enterprises Educational Corp. Chicago, Ill. 332 336.
1975. "Oceanography." Science Year, The World Book Science Annual 1975, Field Enterprises Educational Corp. Chicago, Ill., 327 331.
1979. "Living Corals."(With D. Faulkner).C.N. Potter,N.Y. 499pp.
1981. "The Cosmic Kaleidoscope." Simply Living 14:89-95.
1981. "Coral Symphony." Simply Living 16:66 75.
1982. "Aquarium Noumea." Pamphlet for the Aquarium de Noumea.
1983. "See How Time Elapses in a Coral Sea Garden." The Olympus Pursuit Vol.2(1):5 6.
1984. "Facets of the Reef." Oceans 6:Cover and 14 15.
1987. "Tokanoa contest winners get cash prizes - pass the word, don't touch the clams in the clam circles, they belong to everyone." Voice, Nuku'alofa, Tonga. 3 pages.
1987. "Vasuva dying out? Are you the cause?" Tonga Chronicle Dec.11, 1987, p.5.
1987. "Teu fe'auhi uku Tokanoa 'i Vava'u." Tonga Chronicle Dec. 11, 1987, p. 5.
1989. "Giant clams again breeding in Vava'u waters." The Tonga Chronicle. Vol.26(9):1.
1991. "12 Steps to More Giant Clams." with Ulungamanu Fa'anunu. Companion booklet to the Giant Clam Environmental Improvement Video `Return of the Giant Clam.' South Pacific Aquaculture Development Project. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Suva, Fiji. 11pp.
1991. "Ko E Ngaahi Tefito'i Me'a Mahu'inga `E 12 Ke Toe Lahi Angeai `A E Vasuva." with Ulungamanu Fa'anunu. South Pacific Aquaculture Development Project. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Suva, Fiji. 12pp.
1993. "Code of Anchoring in Reef Environments. C.A.R.E." Eight page leaflet Inserted into Cruising helmsman January 1993, SCUBA Diver Feb. 1993, Powerboating and Sailing January 1993, Australian Sailing January 1993, Club Marine February 1993, Offshore Sailing February 1993 (100,000 distribution plus 40,000 distributed by the South Pacific Trade Commission).
1993. "Souvenir Shock: How the Law Affects you." Cruising Helmsman April:52-57.
1993. "Souveniring Reefs." Scuba Diver August/September:10-13.