Based at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, the PSA Secretariat runs the day-to-day affairs of the Association, including facilitating various PSA Scientific Working Groups and research initiatives relevant to the organization’s mission; it liaises with national and international organizations, and carries out PSA administrative tasks.
PSA Executive Secretary
John Burke Burnett (2004 - present)
In March 2004, John Burke Burnett took over the running of the Pacific Science Association. Burke, as he prefers to be called, has a focus on the interface between conservation policy, biological science, and traditional communities. His academic background is in policy, economics and anthropology, and has worked closely with scientists, NGOs, corporate and governmental organizations, and local communities in the Asia-Pacific for the last 15 years. His field experience is primarily in East Asia and the Pacific with particular emphasis in eastern Indonesia and New Guinea. He co-founded the Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance (IPCA), and remains its Executive Director. He was a Research Collaborator in the Asian Ethnology Program in the Anthropology Department at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History from 1992-1995. From 1995-98 he was Special Projects Coordinator [and] Japan Coordinator at Conservation International's Asia-Pacific Program. He has lived in both Japan and Indonesia for two years each, and in Washington DC for 15 years. He has strong conversational and reading knowledge of Indonesian/Malaysian and Japanese languages. Degrees: M.A., (International Economics), Johns Hopkins University - School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS); 1991. B.S., Southern Methodist University, 1987. You can reach him at burnett @ pacificscience (dot) org.
Past Executive Secretaries
Lu Eldredge (1989 – 2004)
The former Executive Secretary, L.G. Eldredge, remains at Bishop Museum and is continues to actively pursue his interests in marine introduced species and Pacific regional information. You can reach Lu at lge @ bishopmuseum (dot) org.
Brenda Bishop (1948 – 1988)