Professor Judy Bennett (Department of History and Art History) researches in the fields of Pacific history, environmental history and the relationships between Australasia and the Pacific Islands. Between 2010 and 2012 she was lead investigator of a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden funded project exploring the impact of American servicemen on indigenous societies during World War II. The focus of that project was tracing the fate of the children born to indigenous women and fathered by US servicemen in the South Pacific Command. In 2015, Judy will begin a new project funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Project on a history of the coconut in the Pacific World. You can read more about this project via the University of Otago’s Bulletin.