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Paul Igag
February 24 1964 - October 29 2010

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10-31-2010 11:03 PM -- By: Chris.Sigere,  From: Lihir Island  

My sincere condolences to Paul's family and all at IBR,....am truely sadden by the news.

I was a trainee with WCS when I first met Paul ...before heading out for 5 wks into the crater Mountains, Paul sat us down and told us how enjoyable  field work is, the value of field data collection and research opportunities on our biodiversity. I still hold his remarks close.

Thank you Paul for being a great inspiration.

Rest in peace -God bless

10-31-2010 10:41 PM -- By: Maureen Ewai,  From: Oro  

It is indeed shocking and sad news. So proud of the work you have done,Paul. Your legacy will live on.

10-31-2010 10:35 PM -- By: Boga Figa,  From: Madang  

Matu Polex, I will miss you. The high school & our Uni Biology classes days will forever be deeply entrenched in my heart until I see you again on that golden shore ( I know we will meet because you told me so).  You taught me the beautiful game that I  love, even today. You taught me what it means to be a grade 8 school leaver & yet to make it in life with drive, a will and enthusiasm. 

Boga Figa, James Cook University, Townsville

10-31-2010 10:24 PM -- By: Robert Bino,  From: former colleague  

Paul was one of the two Pauls who were based in Haia in the Crater Mountain WMA whilst I was based in Maimafu. We referred to him as PI. We were a great team with the Research and Conservation Foundation's ICD Project during mid the 1990s through to the early 2000s. The conservation community in PNG has lost a committed and dedicated scientist and I have lost a great friend and a buddy. May his soul rest in peace.

10-31-2010 9:16 PM -- By: Tamalis Akus,  From: Morobe/Madang  

I first met Paul, and knew him only for a brief period during a Policy and law workshop in Goroka. I found him to have a brilliant mind and a wonderful personality with obvious passion for what he did. Indeed a great loss for PNG. My sincere condolences to his family. - Romans 8:28 "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose." RIP dear friend.

Tamalis Akus, University of Auckland, NZ.


10-31-2010 8:37 PM -- By: Aileen Sagolo,  From:  

Shocking and tragic news....I still can't believe he's not here anymore....I remember him as a great outstanding scientist (who taught me tree-climbing) and for his soccer-skills (where I used to trip over myself everytime he had the ball)...and not forgetting his jokes, which always seemed to be more humorous with his laughter...

He will surely be missed :-(

May His soul rest in peace and my sympathies and prayers are with his family.


10-31-2010 8:18 PM -- By: Robert Yen,  From: UNDP  

I have known of Paul, even before I met him. And when I did, it was as if I had known him before. Clearly he was highly reputed among conservation scientists in PNG. His love for birds and nature conservation was an inspiration to many including myself.

Rest In Peace, Matu.

10-31-2010 8:08 PM -- By: Ken Wilson,  From: Christensen Fund  

It is with great sadness that the Christensen Fund has learned of the untimely passing of Paul Igag, one of our Papua New Guinean grantee colleagues.  A gifted scientist,  and by all accounts an exceptional person all round, his loss is one the whole country will mourn, whether it knows that yet or not.  Our staff here in California and around the world send their sincere consolations to his family, colleagues and friends.  In sadness, Ken Wilson, Executive Director of The Christensen Fund

10-31-2010 7:51 PM -- By: Ruby Yamuna,  From: Lae, PNG  

Uncle Paul- your enthusiasm for work and life will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to his family and colleagues.

10-31-2010 7:48 PM -- By: Jane Mogina,  From: Mama Graun Pt. Moresby  

This is such a tragic news!!

We will miss a wonderful human being with great humor and infectious laughter, a great scientistist with immense knowledge of birds and respected by many and a respected teacher whom the students grew to love.

My sincere condolencese to Paul's family and IBR

10-31-2010 7:15 PM -- By: Tanya Zeriga-ALONE,  From:  

 Uncle Paul,

...oh so many  tears.... you will be missed so much. Thank God for your life.

10-31-2010 7:07 PM -- By: Aimo Opiang,  From: Melbourne  

I knew Paul at UPNG. A cool and mature person with a gental and smiling face. When my younger brother, Muse Opiang ,in 1999,  joined Research and Conservation in Goroka , he mentioned him . I told Muse, you are fortunate to be with him. And my brother found out that I was right and he always speak  highly of 'Uncle Paul'.

.....Dear bro, you will be missed  by many people whose lives you had  touched. .......

Yes, PNG just lost a true son, who loved his country so much.

To his family, and all staff at PNGIBR ,my thoughts are with you.


Aimo Opiang


10-31-2010 6:43 PM -- By: Vojtech Novotny,  From:  

He was well known and respected among our staff at BRC, not least
because of his great contribution to the Student training course in 2008,
where he instructed both PNG and overseas students in ornithology and also
greatly contributed to the success of the course by his friendly
personality. He also helped greatly with the building our the Swire
Research Station. Paul will be remembered for his contributions to
ornithology in PNG as well as his help to students and younger colleagues,
and his friendship.

Vojtech Novotny
New Guinea Binatang Research Center

10-31-2010 6:41 PM -- By: Aileen Sagolo,  From:  

Shocking and tragic news....I still can't believe he's not here anymore....I remember him as a great outstanding scientist (who taught me tree-climbing) and for his soccer-skills (where I used to trip over myself everytime he had the ball)...and not forgetting his jokes, which always seemed to be more humorous with his laughter...

He will surely be missed :-(

May His soul rest in peace and my sympathies and prayers are with his family.


10-31-2010 6:34 PM -- By: Brendan Ellis,  From: Formerly Goroka  

 Our sincere condolences to Paul's family.  What a shock.  From the Ellis Family - Toowoomba, QLD.

10-31-2010 6:10 PM -- By: Karen Firestone,  From: Sydney, Australia  

 I'm so very sorry to hear of Paul's passing--such a sad and untimely death.  Warm condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.  

10-31-2010 4:56 PM -- By: Susan Theresa Tomda,  From: Popondetta -PNG  

I can remember my first time as an Honor student meeting Paul Igag -he introduce himself as Uncle Paul, at the first instance i felt at home in this new environment. He also mentor me through my honors programme.

As most will agree, he is such a joyful person to be around with and i will miss playing soccer with him.

"Uncle Paul words can not express your sudden loss but you profound work, teachings and trannings will always be remembered by those who are close to heart and dear to you"

10-31-2010 12:36 PM -- By: Robin Smith,  From: United kingdom  

 I had the very great pleasure of spending three months in Pauls company whilst filming Birds of paradise for a film for the BBC.

Paul was not only a first class ornithologist and conservation biologist, he was also a warm, and funny man and a pleasure to be around. We spent many weeks together undergoing some of the toughest conditions I have ever experienced as a wildlife cameraman. Pauls commitment and professionalism during our project never faltered, and his cool head and quick thinking got me out of a number of close scrapes.

I for one will be raising more than one glass in his memory tonight. I send my deepest condolences to his friends and family.

Fly with the birds Paul, and rest in peace.

10-31-2010 12:17 PM -- By: Krufinta,  From:  

My deepest condolences to the Pauls' family and friends...He was a great biologist in his field of expertise and his absence is not only a loss to his family but to the biology scientific community of PNG.    He will be greatly missed.  May he rest in peace.

10-31-2010 12:01 PM -- By: Paige West,  From: New York City  

 What a loss of a friend, a colleague, and just a beautiful soul. 

10-31-2010 11:57 AM -- By: Samoa Asigau,  From: St Louis, MO, USA  

I am still shocked and deeply saddened about Paul's loss. PNG just lost one its most brilliant minds in the field of science and conservation. I am greatly privileged that I got to work with Paul at IBR and WCS. As brilliant and knowledgable as he seemed, he remained humble - always willing to teach with patience, cheerful and charismatic with the most 'contagious' laughter ever! He brought life to the office with his great personality and made tiring field sessions fun! You will be greatly missed 'Uncle Paul' but your legacy lives on! I extend my heartfelt prayers and thoughts to his family and all whose lives he impacted!

10-31-2010 3:49 AM -- By: Lisa Dabek,  From: Seattle, Washington USA  

I am so very sorry to hear of this tragic loss of Paul. My sincere condolences go to his friends and family. I knew him from the team doing biodiversity surveys in YUS on the Huon Peninsula for the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (where this wonderful photograph was taken). I felt honored to work with him. He was so knowledgeable, kind, warm, funny, and taught me so much during that field work. What a loss for the scientific and conservation community in PNG. Please know my thoughts are with you all.

10-31-2010 12:04 AM -- By: Stephen Garnett,  From: Darwin, Australia  

I was priveleged to spend time with Paul when he first became involved with Palm Cockatoos, walking for hours with him around Haia. At that stage we were looking for nests, and trying to catch the birds roosting by hanging from the tips of their bills, which was the local story (alas we never did). He was such good company - funny, clever, kind, insightful and generous, a man you felt was making a wonderful contribution to his country and his people, a man you could trust your life with, honest, honourable and with an infectious passion for nature. He will be missed by friends, family and colleagues around the world and my sympathies for those many people for whom he was a central part of their lives.

10-30-2010 11:34 PM -- By: David Bickford,  From: US/Singapore  

Paul was one of the best people I came to know in PNG and I will miss him very much.  His memory will live on and the stories will continue to be told.

10-30-2010 11:08 PM -- By: John Kuange,  From: Goroka, PNG  

10-30-2010 10:35 PM -- By: Freda Paiva,  From: James Cook University, Australia  

 Paul will be greatly missed!  I especially remember him for his laughter when we briefly met for a WCS course.

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Paul's family.

May He Rest in Peace ...sadly missed.

Freda Paiva 

10-30-2010 8:50 PM -- By: Stephen Richards,  From: Australia  

Paul, some of my earliest and most enduring memories of PNG are of  your infectious laughter, good humour and amazing stamina and knowledge in the field. Stuck under a tarpaulin in the rain on a cold mountain top was a pleasure when you were there to tell a story! It was a privilege to have known and worked with you. I will sorely miss you.

My thoughts are with your family and friends at this sad time.

Steve Richards

10-30-2010 5:01 PM -- By: Robin Hide,  From: Canberra  

A huge loss.  My thoughts go to Paul's family, friends and colleagues.


10-30-2010 4:35 PM -- By: Lawong Balun,  From: Papua New Guinea  

Paul Igag I salute you for job well done in your contribution to better understanding of the ecology fo PNG's fascinating bird diversity.

Mam Lawong Balun (Bulolo University College)

10-30-2010 2:04 PM -- By: Gretchen Druliner,  From:  

Paul was incredibly generous and kind hearted, full of laughter. When Paul introduced me to ropes and jumars in the tree outside the WCS office, I remember getting up the rope a bit high on my first try. I thought, uh oh, I could break a leg from here. Thankfully, Paul confidently talked me over to the figure eight and I decended safely to the ground. Thank you for being you Paul! I will always remember your kindness and laughter.


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