Miriam Supuma (ALAS PhD Awardee) is a successful recipient of the prestigious Allison Sudrajat Award in recognition of her contributions to her respective field of study in addition to the Australian Leadership Award Scholarship (ALAS).
She has a Doctorate in Philosophy (Science) from the James Cook University. Research: Conservation assessment of Endemic Birds used as traditional adornment by the highlands people of Papua New Guinea.
‘I hope to influence national policy in the areas of natural management, land use, and conservation planning to enable better protection of PNG’s flora and fauna, and inevitably, PNG’s cultural diversity and heritage.”
Miriam Supuma is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the PNG Institute of Biological Research (PNGIBR), a successful scientific research NGO. The focus of her proposed PhD research is on: Her dedication and commitment to conservation and biological research has been recognised through her receipt of an Allison Sudrajat Award in addition to her Australian Leadership Award Scholarship. Miriam is pursuing doctoral studies to impart valuable national policy advice for natural management, land use, and conservation planning that will enable better protection of PNG’s flora and fauna. Miriam expects to gain more skills and knowledge in conservation and biological research, and in particular how she can con-tribute to food security for people of who depend on the forest for their livelihood.