Lead Staff

    Unit Lead

  • Dr. Ava Maxam (PhD Oceanography; BSc Hons. Zoology-Botany)

    Dr. Ava Maxam joined the Mona GeoInformatics Institute (MGI) in November 2006 shortly before completing Ph.D. studies in Oceanography at the University of the West Indies, where she also obtained a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Zoology and Botany. She is currently Deputy Director of MGI, where she manages the Natural Hazards & Environment Division, the Human & Social Division, the Software Development Division, and MGIBlue. She has led consultancies in GIS application, coastal hydrodynamic modeling, as well as oceanographic, environmental, ecological and biophysical assessments. She has applied GIS and oceanographic analysis in projects on climate-change resilience; coastal characterization, and sea-level rise effects. She has also collaborated Regionally on projects ranging from reef valuation, shoreline and land cover change studies, to designing databases, applications, and map tools for Coastal Zone Management. Her academic research has led to publications on the effect of ocean circulation on Jamaica’s coral reefs and coastlines – highlighting the importance of coral reefs in ecological nurseries, creating unique circulation systems, and trapping particles.

    Research Associates

  • Dr. Christopher Daly (Postdoctoral Scholar Coastal Morphodynamics Group, Dept. Earth Ocean & Atmospheric Science)

    Dr. Chris Daly began collaborating with MGI in January 2017. He obtained a BSc in Civil Engineering at UWI in July 2005 and MSc in Coastal and Marine Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands in June 2009. After graduation, He worked as an engineer and most of his work involved project design, management, construction, contracting and data collection. He later returned to his academic studies and completed Ph.D. studies in Coastal Geomorphology at Universität Bremen in Germany in November 2013. Dr. Daly is currently researching beach dynamics, sediment transport, wave breaking schematization, surf zone hydrodynamics, swash zone processes, coastal landscape evolution, remote sensing, data collection, instrumentation, and acoustic measurement.

  • Mr. Yu Kajiwara (MSc Mathematics)

    Mr. Yu Kajiwara is a Research Fellow with the Mona Geoinformatics Institute (MGI), having been assigned to the institute by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He obtained his MSc. degree in Mathematics in 2009 and a BSc degree in Mathematics in 2007 from Kyoto University, Japan. After graduation, He worked as a data analyst and most of his work involved time series analysis and anomaly detection. Mr. Kajiwara’s residency with MGI will analyze vehicle depreciation, estimate the spatial distribution of traffic volumes, elementize address strings and, analyze the coastal marine structure and ecosystems of the region with the aim of contributing to environmental policy.

  • Dr. Kioshi Mishiro (PhD and MSc Oceaogr., BEng.)

    Dr. Kioshi Mishiro is a former research fellow with the Mona Geoinformatics Institute (MGI), had been assigned to the institute by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He obtained his Ph.D. degree in oceanography in 2013 and MSC. degree in oceanography in 2010, following completion of his bachelor’s degree in aerospace systems in 2008. His professional experience is in observing physical oceanic data, statistical analysis, simulations. His research interests include studies to reveal oceanic dynamics, modeling the physical system. He has currently been assigned to be as GIS officer in International Seabed Authority (an intergovernmental organization) where regulate and control all mineral-related activities in the international seabed area beyond the limits of national jurisdiction.