Fiji Arthropod Survey

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Fiji Staff -

Adi Lanieta Sokula Tuifagalele

Adi Lanieta Sokula Tuifagalele, known to her friends and colleagues simply as Kula, is a cheerful addition the parataxonomist crew in the entomology laboratory. Although born in Suva, her grandparents came from the islands of Vanua Levu and Lau. Now she lives a short walk from the lab with her husband, Seta and his family. After finishing at Lakasi High Secondary School, Kula began work at the Chase Knitting Cotton factory where she met Seta.

In February, 2005, Kula started work as a parataxonomist. Her natural curiosity and happy nature make her a keen insect sorter and a good person to work with. The first day she looked into the microscope she said that her life was changed, that she never knew how diverse insects could be, and that she was going to go home and tell all her family and friends about her new discoveries! Perhaps a taxonomist by nature, Kula admits that her favorite aspect to working with insects is learning their names.

When Kula isn’t in the lab, she can be found pursuing a wide variety of other interests, including reading, watching movies, making new friends, swimming, and cooking. If you come to Fiji, make sure you get a chance to taste her fresh baked pies!

This page last revised 17 July 2005


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