Welcome to Lia’s blog

A personal website for sharing experiences and musings on the environment and sustainability in island life.

About The Website

My grandfather, Desmond V Nicholson, lived by the motto, “knowledge, to be of value, must be communicated.” To this end, Desmond was a key figure in founding the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda, and is fondly remembered for his spontaneous teachings and enriching knowledge to all who passed by.

Having lived the truth of his motto, I built this website for posting information and resources from the frontline of conservation action in islands.

About The Author

Those that knew me growing up in the island of Antigua & Barbuda surmise that I could have developed gills. I spent a childhood exploring tidal pools and underwater crevices, establishing a connection to the natural world that shaped who I wanted to become.

My professional career began with the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) in 2009, six months after completing a B.A. in California. In 2012, I enrolled in a two-year master’s program at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, focusing on coastal governance, climate science, adaptation and mitigation. As a ubiquitous threat to small islands, climate change is galvanizing conservation efforts in islands across the Caribbean and globally.

I graduate from Yale in May 2014 with a post-graduation Gruber Fellowship in Global Justice & Women’s Rights, to implement climate change adaptation solutions in collaboration with the Environment Division in Antigua & Barbuda.