Throughout our stay in Apia, Samoa, we were assisted by Dr. Nat Tuivavalagi, the National Coordinator for PABITRA (the Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect Network). We visited some institutes and catchments. We also collected samples of corals and starfishes.

A view of the Apia town, the capital of Samoa.Local dance rehearsal at the city plaza.
Bananas and coconuts are two of the most common commodities in Samoa, as seen here in this picture taken at the public market.Meeting between the visiting members of the lab and researchers of National University of Samoa (NUS).
The Grand Fale: venue of the Public Lecture in the National University of Samoa.We had presentations on our current research at the fale of NUS. There were about 40 researchers and students who attended the seminar.
Discussion on water resource conditions with Kupa Engineering and Water (KEW) staffs using a map.We visited the Forest Management Office, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to discuss watershed assessment and management.
Vailima catchment. Quarrying and onsite gravel processing take a toll on the environment.USP sediment discharge monitoring station.
The Fagaloa Bay, where we performed sampling of corals and starfishes.We collected samples together with researchers of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
A beautiful reef in Fagaloa Bay.We had a party at the end of the day in Samoa with Dr. Nat Tuivavalagi and his wife, here shown rendering a melodious Samoan song.