Introducing Viviana Taubera, a Marine Biologist and an integral member Kokomo Private Island’s Marine Biology team. A fervent environmentalist Vivana’s Marine Science expertise traverses Marine Biology, Fish and Fisheries Biology, Physical Oceanography, Marine Pollution and Aquaculture, Coral Reef Ecology and Management, and Environmental Impact Assessment. With a bachelor in Marine Science from the University of the South Pacific, an Advanced Diving Certificate (PADI) and an Open Water Diving Certificate, Viviana is committed to creating more ocean-conscious youth in our society; and to helping others understand the impact triggers around them. Passionate about preserving the marine life around her and securing its sustainable future Viviana heralds her seaside upbringing for her fascination in the underwater world.
Q: When did you first become fascinated by the underwater world?
A: I was raised in a rural setting and much of my childhood memories are from the seaside. I have fond memories of going fishing with my dad, and collecting shellfish with my sister or my mom; every trip was an adventure.
Q: Where did you do your studies and what course did you do?
A: I went to school at the University of the South Pacific where I studied Marine Biology.
Q: Why did you decide to study Marine Biology?
A: I’m from a Pacific Island nation and a big part of our livelihood depends on the sea. Fish caught in my community, for sustenance and sale, is declining every year. The ocean is polluted and our coral reef is dying. There is a need to preserve our marine life and secure a sustainable future. I cannot protect it unless I understand it and help others understand as well.
Q: What is your favourite marine creature?
A: I'm fascinated by the sea cucumber. An important food source, they also play a crucial role filtering sediments and recycling nutrients back into the food web. Not only that, the eggs of sea cucumbers provides nutrients for many marine life.
Q: How do you feel about joining the Kokomo Marine Biology team?
A: I'm so fortunate and honoured to be part of the Kokomo Marine Biology team. Words cannot express my feelings, or my thanks for being chosen. It’s always been my dream to be a marine biologist as this is where my passion lies.