PICRC interns share results of their projects on ecological and social sciences and effective communication and outreach

Seven students have concluded their summer internship with Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). Throughout their time at PICRC, these students have been working with PICRC researchers who served as their mentors on individual projects to gain hands on experience in the field of science. With guidance from their mentors, the interns carried out various projects, which involved collecting and analyzing data, writing a report, and presenting the result of their work.

On Thursday, July 12, 2018, PICRC held a symposium for the Summer Internship Program. Each intern presented their projects. This was a chance for the interns to show what they had done and learned over the past six weeks. Meangeldil Azuma-Malsol (Simpson University-CA) presented on “Ngardmau residents’ perceptions of protected areas management”, while Theresa KimnoyBultedaob Aten (UH- Hilo) talked about the “Effectiveness of regulations enforcement and management of PAN sites in Ngarchelong State”, and Mira Mariur (PCC) discussed the “Benefits and effectiveness of PAN sites on the Ngerbeched community.”These three students were under the mentorship of PICRC Researcher Lincy Marino. read more

PICRC Researcher Lincoln Rehm passes his PhD candidacy exam at Drexel University

Lincoln Rehm, a researcher at Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), has recently passed his candidacy exam and is now officially a PhD Candidate at Drexel University, in Pennsylvania, USA.  In order to pass the candidacy exam, Mr. Rehm had to prove to a committee that he was eligible to move forward with a PhD education. The committee consisted of five professors. Mr. Rehm also presented his project proposal to the committee, who gave constructive criticism on his proposal and advice on how to move forward in his project and course of study. read more

Blue Bay Petroleum Incorporated Supports PICRC’s Summer Internship Program

On Thursday, May 31, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) received $5,000 from Blue Bay Petroleum Incorporated to support the PICRC 2018 Summer Internship Program. This is the second year running that Blue Bay has donated to the program and this large contribution will help PICRC fulfill its role in providing educational support to the youth of Palau.

The internship begins on Monday, June 4th and will end on Friday, July 13th. Joining the program this year are Palauan college students Leah Marie Bukurou, Theresa Kimnoy Bultedaob Aten, Meangeldil Ayla Azuma Malsol, Masasinge Tellei Hideos, Mira Eyangel Mariur, and Jenelle Blesam. Each student has been assigned a mentor and a project to complete during their internship. read more

PICRC partners with PCC to develop apps to aid learning about Palau’s environment

For the past semester, Palau Community College students in the Information Technology Department (PCC IT) worked endlessly on three different projects to develop tablet-based apps for Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). As part of their final presentation, these students presented the apps in the IT Symposium held at PCC Assembly Hall on May 11, 2018. These students were: Destiny Emesiochel, Kersten Dismas, Howard Charles Jr., TewidRebluud, and Tricia Pedro.

The android apps that were developed included: tablet-based survey for the Socioeconomic Project headed by researcher Lincy Marino; a Seagrass Manual app; and an app for the Paradise of Nature: Understanding the Wonders of Palau book. read more

PICRC Aquarium Department Director, Ms. Ilebrang Olkeriil, joins Palau SGP National Steering Committee

Ms. Ilebrang Olkeriil, Director of the Aquarium Department at Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) was nominated on April 30, 2018, to be a member of the Palau Global Environment Facility (GEF)/ Small Grants Program (SGP) National Steering Committee (NSC). The nomination was made by Ms. Osnat Lubrani, the UNDP Representative of the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji. In her nomination letter, Ms. Lubrani stated that Ms. Olkeriil was nominated based on her leadership role in various environmental programs throughout Palau and her position as Director at PICRC. Ms. Olkeriil will use her experience and knowledge to help guide projects for Palau SDG. read more