Mere has worked for Fiji’s Department of Environment for the last eight years. She has a background in marine science and environmental geoscience and is currently undertaking a Master of Environmental Science specialising in land rehabilitation.

Mere is committed to bridging indigenous and science-based knowledge in ecological research, monitoring and natural resource management. She intends to share her knowledge and newly established networks to encourage Fiji’s ecologists and natural resource owners to collaborate and find solutions to conserving Fiji’s marine and terrestrial fauna and flora.

Mere believes that effective conservation utilises the contributions and knowledge of indigenous people. She hopes to develop solutions to record this knowledge, ensuring it is used properly to provide opportunities for indigenous people to be fully involved in the protection, rehabilitation and restoration of environmental assets.