Staff Profiles

Puaʻala Pascua

Biodiversity Scientist

Puaʻala Pascua is a biodiversity scientist at AMNH specializing in biocultural approaches in natural resource management.  Puaʻala is of Native Hawaiian descent, born and raised on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi.  She holds a mater's degree in Natural Resource Management from the Unversity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and bachelor degrees in Hawaiian Studies and Marine Science from the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.  Puaʻala’s work in Hawaiʻi has included examining cultural ecosystem services in place-based communities, lending technical assistance to community-based marine resource management initiatives, and supporting the natural resource management program of the state’s largest private landowner.  This work supported additional interactions with biocultural practitioners and managers from across the Pacific.  Most recently, she worked on U.S. federal fisheries policy and management at NOAA Fisheries headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. In her current position, Puaʻala draws from a combination of interdisciplinary training, professional experience, and her culturally grounded upbringing to explore the junction of research, policy, and resource management in place-based and indigenous communities across the Pacific and around the world.