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Associate Professor

Armagan Sabetian

Principal Investigator



Auckland University of Technology

Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau

A Bit About Armagan

Armagan’s interest in tropical marine science was sparked by a visit to the Solomon Islands in his early 20s, and he hasn’t looked back since. Passionate about coral reef ecosystems, Armagan pursued this devotion with graduate studies at both the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) and James Cook University (Townsville, Australia), graduating with a PhD from the latter in 2010. Currently at Auckland University of Technology as an Associate Professor, Armagan remains active in tropical marine science through the supervision of graduate students, an undergraduate field course, and research programmes.

Armagan's Story

Armagan Sabatian in the Kolombangara bush, Solomon Islands.

Armagan’s first connection with Vavanga village on Kolombangara Island was in 1997...

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... he returned again in 1999 to conduct research for his Master’s thesis.

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His relationship with Vavanga is a longstanding one. Not only did he complete his PhD research there, he also developed a university field course called Pacific Island Ecosystems ECOL732 and conducted a number of externally funded research projects.

For Armagan, developing, fostering, and maintaining a reciprocal relationship with the people of Vavanga has been his first priority.


Throughout this tenure, Professor Richard Walter has been a close mentor and sometimes collaborator. Richard was Armagan’s Masters supervisor, and they both share an interest in the ethnography of coastal Pacific Island communities.

Co-leading Connecting Coastal Communities, Armagan and Richard are able to combine their expertise synergistically in order to meet the objectives of this project.


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