PICRC welcomes McQuinnley Mesengei as its newest Research Assistant

The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) welcomes Mr. McQuinnley Mesengei as its newest Research Assistant. McQuinnley has his associates degree in Environmental/Marine Science from Palau Community College (PCC). During his time at PCC, McQuinnley had the chance to work at the Science Lab to assist the science professors, set-up lab experiments, collect data, monitor students, and maintain the lab’s cleanliness and writing reports.

After graduating from PCC, McQuinnley did an internship at the University of Hawaii-Manoa for two months.  During his internship, he conducted extensive research on the effects of chemicals on coral fertilization. read more

IP&E Palau Incorporated continues to support PICRC

On May 10, 2021, IP&E Palau Incorporated donated $15,000 to Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) to support the research projects and education/outreach programs at the Center. The ongoing research projects include fish-stock surveys to determine the status of reef fish populations around Palau.  The support will also enable PICRC to continue monitoring of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that are part of the Protected Areas Network (PAN). 

The funding from IP&E will also support PICRC’s long-term coral reef monitoring program.  These studies will allow the Center to provide accurate information on the changes to Palau’s coral reef, including damages and recovery of our reefs from past typhoons such as Haiyan and Bopha as well as the damages from the recent disturbances such as Typhoon Surigae.   In addition to the research work, the donation will help the Outreach team continue to provide environmental education and awareness among our students, youth and our community. read more

SDA 5th Graders visit PICRC

On April 29, 2021, over 20 fifth grade students from Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Elementary School visited Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) for a presentation and a tour of the Palau Aquarium. During their visit, the students learned about coral reefs through presentations, videos and the hands-on activities provided by the Outreach Team and the high school interns.

The objective of the visit was to introduce to the students to the different marine ecosystem including, coral reefs, and coral bleaching. The students enjoyed the demonstration of coral bleaching as well as exploring the aquarium exhibitions. read more

Adrian Ililau successfully completed his Internship and Field Studies at PICRC

Adrian Ililau, a sophomore pursuing a major in Environmental/Marine Science (EMS) at Palau Community College (PCC), has successfully completed his Internship and Field Studies at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). His field studies focused on “Effects of heat stress on corals” under the mentorship of a PICRC Researcher Victor Nestor.

During his time with PICRC, he also learned about underwater survey techniques, proper use of field equipment and best practices to collect and analyze data.  With his new skills, he was able to develop a research project on his own, which met with PCC’s program requirements. He was required to complete 192 hours for both courses, the Internship and the Field Studies and presents his project to PCC and PICRC. read more

Three PHS Students join PICRC for Career Mentoring

On April 20, 2021, Palau High School (PHS) students Caley Sumios Adolf, Dillungil Alex Suzuki and Jamie T. Ngirdimau started their Career Mentoring Program at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC).  The three students will be working at PICRC for one week.

The Career Mentoring is a Work-Based Activity program offered at PHS for juniors to gain on-job-experience in their career interest. This program provides the opportunity for juniors to observe and understand the connection between school and careers, as well as to practice the skills that they have learned in their career academy classes. read more