Melissa Chimera (b. 1972) is a conservationist and Honolulu native of Lebanese and Filipino ancestry. She studied natural resources management at the University of Hawai‘i and worked for two decades as a conservation manager. Chimera’s work investigates species extinction, globalization and human migration. Her most recent exhibitions are Migrant (Honolulu Museum of Art) and The Far Shore: Navigating Homelands for the Arab American National Museum. She keeps a studio in Hawai‘i where she lives with her husband and son.