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 (Hons) 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 entitled “Assessing the Genetic Connectivity of the Queen conch (Lobatus gigas) in Jamaica’s Exclusive Economic Zone”. 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.
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.
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