Ms. Alexi Meltel, a former Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) intern, has been accepted to the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) Marine Biology Graduate Program for Fall 2020. Her master’s thesis advisor is Professor Robert Richmond, who is the director of UH’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory and also a member of the Board of Directors of PICRC.
Ms. Meltel attended Palau Mission Academy, as well as Palau Community College (PCC). She interned with PICRC in the summers of 2009 and 2016, assisting PICRC researchers with seagrass surveys at different marine protected areas in Palau. She learned about the work that the researchers do, such as data collection and analysis, as well as sharing of results. “I learned a lot about how important it is as a local scientist to involve the community in your work,” Ms. Meltel said when asked about her experience as an intern.