A native of Jamaica, Kimani Kitson-Walters is the Data Monitoring Officer at the Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute in St. Eustatius. His responsibilities include the collection of landing data for the island’s fisheries, conducting surveys for the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network and monitoring key terrestrial species such as the Lesser Antillean Iguana and the red bellied racer snake.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Biotechnology from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica. The first UWI graduate to complete a double major in these disciplines. He recently submitted a dissertation for his PhD in Marine Sciences. His research, the first of its kind in Jamaica, will shed light into the population dynamics of this commercially threatened species with the ultimate goal of enhancing best management practices for the conch fishery in Jamaica. Kimani was also the recipient of the 2015 Smithsonian-Link Fellowship where he was mentored by leading researchers in the conservation genetics of the queen conch, with whom he has already published. His work has evolved into analyzing invasive seagrass and the impact it can have on the Queen Conch, Lobatus gigas.
Kimani is a certified Atlantic Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) Scientific Diver and has done over 600 dives in the name of scientific research over the last 4 years. He has received numerous awards and scholarships throughout his undergraduate and postgraduate careers with the hopes of inspiring other young Caribbean natives to achieve beyond their limits.
His most recent work includes determining life history parameters for commercially important fish species. This information is lacking for most fish species on St. Eustatius. These parameters will help us to determine if St. Eustatius' fish stocks are being used sustainably or being overfished. We can apply this knowledge to Saba's waters as well.
Experience a guided dive on our abundant reef at Man O' War Shoals with Kimani to analyze and survey our fish biodiversity and population on Saba!
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