Meet the Clearing-House Mechanism Team
“Together we make it happen.”
The Jamaica Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM) is the 5th department of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica of the Institute of Jamaica. Depending on the biodiversity information request, the CHM along with other department(s) of the Natural History Museum utilize in-house expertise, database and library resources or network with collaborating agencies to meet the requests.
Suzanne Davis, Senior Research Officer – Clearing-House Mechanism Suzanne Davis is the National Focal Point officer for Jamaica’s Clearing-House Mechanism (JA CHM) and Biosafety Clearing-House. She has a Ph.D. in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. Her Ph.D. research focus at was on biodiversity conservation and management of protected areas systems in tropical islands. She previously obtained a M. Phil. in terrestrial ecology at the University of the West Indies, Mona Read more…
As Director of the NHMJ, Mrs. Tracy Commock is responsible for ensuring the efficient management of the national collections of plants and animals and researching, documenting and disseminating information on biodiversity. She has also been employed as a botanist IOJ and plans to pursue further studies on the genus Phyllanthus in the Euphorbiaceae.
Mrs. Dionne Newell joined the Institute of Jamaica in 1999 as the Senior Research Officer (Entomology) in the Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ) with a mandate to preserve and maintain the national zoological collections. Her duties include conducting research, collecting specimens and curating the collections.
Keron Campbell is the Botanist at the Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ), The Institute of Jamaica. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree with honours in the field of Botany (Major) and Zoology (Minor) and a Master of Science degree in the field of Natural Resource Management (with a focus on Tropical Ecosystems Assessment and Management) both at the University of the West Indies, Mona.
Elizabeth is a specialist lecturer for the Tourism Product Development Company specializing in Flora and Fauna. Currently, she is the technical advisor for a joint project between the Natural History Society of Jamaica and the Institute of Jamaica, which explores and documents the unique links between folklore and Jamaican Natural History.
Dorsia Brooks started working at the NHMJ in January 2009. She has experience in teaching at various levels of the education system and her qualifications include a Diploma in Education, a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Zoology, and a Master of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management. Read more…
Nigel started working at the Institute of Jamaica in May of 2008 and holds a B.Sc. in Computing and Information Technology from the University of Technology. He serves as the webmaster for the CHM website among other websites at the Institute of Jamaica. Read more…