Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


Deo A, Chand SS, Ramsay H, Holbrook NJ, McGree S, Magee A, Bell S, ·
Titimaea M, Haruhiru A, Malsale P, Mulitalo S, Daphne A, Prakash B, Vainikolo V, Koshiba S. (2021). Tropical cyclone contribution to extreme rainfall over southwest
Pacific Island nations. Climate Dynamics. OPEN ACCESS.

Humanes A, Beauchamp EA, Bythell JC, Carl MK, Craggs JR, Edwards AJ, Golbuu Y, Lachs L, Martinez HM, Palmowski P, Paysinger F, Randle JL, van der Steeg E, Sweet M, Treumann A, Guest JR. (2021). An Experimental Framework for Selectively Breeding Corals for Assisted Evolution. Frontiers in Marine Science 8:669995.

Karanassos CM, Filous A, Friedlander AM, Bueno JC, Gouezo M, Lindfield SJ, Nestor V, Marino LL, Mereb G, Olsduong D, Golbuu Y. (2021). Effects of habitat, fishing, and fisheries management on reef fish populations in Palau. Fisheries Research 241 (2021) 105996.

Gouezo M, Wolanski E, Critchell K, Fabricius K, Harrison P, Golbuu Y, Doropoulos C.
(2021). Modelled larval supply predicts coral population recovery potential following disturbance. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. Vol. 661: 127–145, 2021.

  • Dacks R, Lewis SA, James P. AS, Marino LL, Oleson K. LL. (2020). Documenting baseline value chains of Palau’s nearshore and offshore fisheries prior to implementing a large-scale marine protected area. Marine Policy
  • Filous A, Friedlander AM, Griffind L, Lennoxe RJ, Danylchukd AJ, Mereb G, Golbuu Y. (2020. Movements of juvenile yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) within the coastal FAD network adjacent to the Palau National Marine Sanctuary: Implications for local fisheries development. Fisheries Research 230 (2020) 105688. 
  • Gouezo M, Doropoulos C, Fabricius K, Olsudong D, Nestor V, Kurihara H, Golbuu Y, Harrison P. (2020). Multispecific coral spawning events and extended breeding periods on an equatorial reef. Coral Reefs
  • Gouezo M, Olsudong D, Fabricius F, Harrison P, Golbuu Y, Doropoulos C.(2020). Relative roles of biological and physical processes influencing coral recruitment during the lag phase of reef community recovery. (2020) 10:2471 |
  • Houk P, Yalon A, Maxin S, Starsinic C, McInnis A, Gouezo M, Golbuu Y, Woesik R. (2020). Predicting coral-reef futures from El Niño and Pacific Decadal Oscillation events. SCIENTIFIC REPORT. 2020 10:7735
  • Kurihara H, Suhara Y, Mimura I, Golbuu Y. (2020). Potential Acclimatization and Adaptive Responses of Adult and Trans-Generation Coral Larvae From a Naturally Acidified Habitat. Front. Mar. Sci. 7:581160.
    https://doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.581160
  • Lewis SA, Fezzi C, Dacks R, Ferrini S, Philip A. S. James P. AS,
    Marino LL, Golbuu Y, Oleson K. LL. (2020). Conservation policies informed by food system feedbacks can avoid unintended consequences. Nature Food.
  • Puk LD, Cernohorsky N, Marshell A, Dwyer J, Wolfe K, Mumby PJ. (2020). Species-specific effects of herbivorous fishes on the establishment of the macroalga Lobophora on coral reefs. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 637:1-14.
  • Wolfe K, Desbiens A, Stella J, Mumby PJ. (2020). Length–weight relationships to quantify biomass for motile coral reef cryptofauna. Coral Reefs.
  • Wolfe K, Mumby PJ. (2020). RUbble Biodiversity Samplers: 3D-printed coral models to standardize biodiversity censuses. Methods Ecol Evol. 2020;00:1–6.DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13462.
  • Gouezo M, Golbuu Y, Fabricius K, Olsudong D, Mereb G, Nestor V, Wolanski E, Harrison P, Doropoulos C. (2019). Drivers of recovery and reassembly of coral reef communities. Proc. R. Soc. B 286 : 20182908.
  • Lebrec, M., Stefanski, S., Gates, R., Acar, S., Golbuu, Y., Claudel-Rusin, A., Kurihara, H., Rehdanz, K., Paugam-Baudoin, D., Tsunoda, T. and Swarzenski, P.W. (2019). Ocean acidification impacts in select Pacific Basin coral reef ecosystems. Regional Studies in Marine Science, p.100584.
  • Friedlander AM, Golbuu Y, Ballesteros E, Caselle JE, Gouezo MOlsudong D, et al. (2017) Size, age, and habitat determine effectiveness of Palau’s Marine Protected Areas. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0174787.
  • Roff G, Doropoulos C, Mereb G, Mumby PJ. (2017). Mass spawning aggregation of the giant bumphead parrotfish  Journal of Fish Biology. doi:10.1111/jfb.13340, available online at
  • Golbuu Y, Gouezo M, Kurihara H, Rehm L, Wolanski E. (2016). Long-term isolation and local adaptation in Palau’s Nikko Bay help corals thrive in acidic waters. Coral Reefs. DOI 10.1007/s00338-016-1457-5
  • Barkley HC, Cohen AL, Golbuu Y, Starczac VR, DeCarlo TM, Shamberger KEF. (2015). Changes in coral reef communities across a natural gradient in seawater pH. Science Advances, (2015)1:e1500328. 10.1126/sciadv.1500328
  • DeCarlo TM, Cohen AL, Barkley HC, Cobban Q, Young C, Shamberger KE, Brainard RE, Golbuu Y. (2015). Coral macrobioerosion is accelerated by ocean acidification and nutrients. Geology, 43:7-10.
  • Edwards AJ, Guest JR, Heyward AJ, Villanueva RD, Baria MV, Bollozos ISF, Golbuu Y. (2015). Direct seeding of mass-cultured coral larvae is not an effective option for reef rehabilitation. Marine Ecology of Progress Series, 525: 105-116.
  • Gouezo M, Golbuu Y, van Woesik R, Rehm L, Koshiba S, Doropoulos C. (2015). Impact of two sequential super typhoons on coral reef communities in Palau. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 540:73-85. doi: 10.3354/meps11518
  • Montambault JR, Wongbusarakum S, Leberer T, Joseph E, Andrew W, Castro F, Nevitt B, Golbuu Y, Oldiais NW, Goves CR, Kostka W, Houk P. (2015). Use of monitoring data to support conservation management and policy decisions in Micronesia. Conservation Biology, Vol. 0, No. 0, 1-11. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12542.
  • Koshiba S, Besebes M, Soaladaob K, Ngiraingas M, Isechal AL, Victor S, Golbuu Y. (2015). 2000 years of sustainable use of watersheds and coral reefs in Pacific Islands: A review for Palau. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 144 (2014) 19-26.
  • Roff G, Chollett I, Doropoulos C, Golbuu Y, Steneck RS, Isechal AL, van Woesik R, Mumby PJ. (2015). Exposure-driven macroalgal phase shift following catastrophic disturbance on coral reefs. Coral Reefs, (2015) 34:715-725 DOI 10.1007/s00338-015-1305-z.
  • Roff G, Doropoulos C, Zupan M, Rogers A, Steneck RS, Golbuu Y, Mumby PJ. (2015). Phase shift facilitation following cycone disturbance on coral reefs. Oecologia, (2015) 178:1193-1203 DOI 10.1007/s00442-015-3282-x.
  • van Woesik R, Golbuu Y, Roff G. (2015). Keep up or drown: adjustment of western Pacific coral reefs to sea-level rise in the 21st Century, Royal Society Opening Science, 2: 150181.
  • Bejarano SC, Mumby PJ, Golbuu Y.  (2014). Changes in the spear fishery of herbivores associated with the closed grouper season in Palau, Micronesia.  Animal Conservation, 17: (2014)133-143. The Zoological Society of London.
  • Doropoulos C, Roff G, Zupan M, Nestor VIsechal AL, Mumby PJ. (2014). Reef-scale failure coral settlement following typhoon disturbance and macroalgal bloom in Palau, Western Pacific. Coral Reefs, 33:613-623. DOI 10.1007/s00338-014-1149-y.
  • Koshiba S, Besebes M, Soaladaob K, Ngiraingas M, Isechal AL, Victor S, Golbuu Y. (2014). 2000 years of sustainable use of watersheds and coral reefs in Pacific Islands: A review for Palau. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 144: 19-26.
  • Shamberger KEF, Cohen AL, Golbuu Y, McCorkle DC, Lentz SJ, Barkley HC.  (2014). Diverse coral communities in naturally acidified waters of a Western Pacific Reef.  Geophysical Research Letters 41, doi: 10.1002/2013GL058489.
  • Bejarano S, Golbuu Y, Sapolu T, Mumby PJ.  (2013). Ecological risk and the exploitation of herbivorous reef fish across Micronesia.  Marine Ecology Progress Series, 482: 197-215.
  • Golbuu Y, Friedlander AM.  (2013).Using appropriate method to answer a question, and the importance of understanding the question: A response to the rebuttal by Colin et al. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 123:7-9.
  • Houk P, Golbuu Y, Gorong B, Gorong T, Fillmed C.  (2013). Watershed discharge patterns, secondary consumer abundances, and seagrass habitat condition in Yap, Micronesia.  Marine Pollution Bulletin, 71: 209-215.
  • Koshiba S, Besebes M, Soaladaob K,Isechal AL, Victor S, Golbuu Y. (2013).  Palau’s taro fields and mangroves protect the coral reefs by trapping eroded fine sediment.  Wetland Ecology and Management, 21: 157-164.
  • McLeod E, Anthony KRN, Andersson A, Beeden R, Golbuu Y, Kleypas J, Kroeker K, Manzello D, Salm RV, Schuttenberg H, Smith JE.  (2013). Preparing to manage coral reefs for ocean acidification: lessons from coral bleaching.  Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, 11: 20-27.
  • Mumby PJ, Bejarano S, Golbuu Y, Steneck RS, Arnold SN, van Woesik R, Friedlander AM.  (2013). Empirical relationships among resilience indicators on Micronesian reefs.  Coral Reefs, 32: 213-226.
  • Golbuu Y, Wolanski E, Idechong JW, Victor S, Isechal ALOldiais NW, Idip D. Jr., Richmond RH, van Woesik, R.  (2012). Predicting Coral Recruitment in Palau’s Complex Reef Archipelago. PLoS ONE 7(11): e50998. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0050998
  • van Woesik R, Houk P, Isechal ALIdechong JW, Victor S, Golbuu Y.  (2012). Climate-change refugia in the sheltered bays of Palau: analog of future reefs.  Ecology and Evolution, 2: 2474-2484. doi: 10.1002/ece3.363
  • Golbuu Y, Friedlander AM.  (2011). Spatial and temporal characteristics of grouper spawning aggregations in marine protected areas in Palau, western Micronesia.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 76: 14-20
  • Golbuu Y, van Woesik R, Richmond RH, Harrison P, Fabricius KE.  (2011). River discharge reduces reef coral diversity in Palau.  Marine Pollution Bulletin, 62: 824-831
  • Golbuu Y, Wolanski E, Harrison P, Richmond RH, Victor S, Fabricius KE.  2011.  Effects of land-use change on characteristics and dynamics of watershed discharges in Babeldaob, Palau, Micronesia.  Journal of Marine Biology, volume 2011, Article ID 981273, 17 pages, doi: 10.1155/2011/981273
  • Richmond RH, Golbuu Y, Idechong N, Wolanski E. (2011). Integrating of Social and Cultural Aspects in Designing Ecohydrology and Restoration Solutions. Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science, 2011, 10:71-80. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-374711-2.01004-4.
  • Page C, Baker DM, Harvell CD, Golbuu Y, Raymundo L, Neale S, Rosell KB, Rypien KL, Andras JP, Willis, BL.  (2009). Influence of marine reserves on coral disease prevalence.  Disease of Aquatic Organisms, 87:135-150.
  • Victor SGolbuu Y, Yukihira H, van Woesik R.  (2009). Acroporasize-frequency distributions reflect spatially variable conditions on coral reefs of Palau.  Bulletin of Marine Science, 85: 149-157.
  • Golbuu Y, Fabricius KE, Victor S, Richmond RH. (2008). Gradients in coral reef communities exposed to muddy river discharge in Pohnpei, Micronesia.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 76: 14-20
  • Sussman M, Willis BL, Victor S, Bourne DG.  (2008). Coral pathogens identified for white syndrome (WS) epizootics in the Indo-Pacific. PLoS ONE, 3(6): e2393. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002393
  • Victor S.  (2008). Stability of reef framework and post settlement mortality as the structuring factor for recovery of Malakal Bay Reef, Palau, Micronesia: 25 years after a severe COTS outbreak. Estuarine, Coastaland Shelf Science, 77: 175-180.
  • Fabricius KE, Golbuu YVictor S. (2007). Selective mortality in coastal reef organisms from an acute sedimentation event. Coral Reefs,26: 69, Reef Site, DOI:101007/s0038-006-0171-0.
  • Golbuu YVictor SPenland LIdip D.Jr., Emaurois C, Okaji K, Yukihira H, Iwase A, van Woesik R.  (2007). Palau’s coral reef show differential habitat recovery following the 1998-bleaching event.  Coral Reefs, 26: 319-322
  • Golbuu Y, Richmond RH.  (2007). Substratum preferences in planula larvae if two species of scleractinian corals, Goniastrea retiformisand Stylaraea punctata.  Marine Biology, 152: 639-644
  • Richmond RH, Rongo T, Golbuu YVictor S, Idechong N, Davis G, Kostka W, Neth L, Hamnett M, Wolanski E. (2007).  Watersheds and coral reefs: conservation science, policy, and implementation.  BioScience, 57, 598-607
  • Victor S, Neth N, Golbuu Y, Wolanski E, Richmond RH. (2006). Sedimentation in mangroves and coral reefs in a wet tropical island, Pohnpei, Micronesia. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 66: 409-416
  • Fabricius KE, Mieog JC, Colin PL, Idip D Jr, van Oppen MJH.  (2004). Identity and diversity of coral endosymbionts (zooxanthellae) from three Palauan reefs with contrasting bleaching, temperature and shading histories.  Molecular Ecology, 13: 2445-2458
  • Penland LKloulechad JIdip D Jr, van Woesik R.  (2004). Coral spawning in the western Pacific Ocean is related to solar insolation:  evidence of multiple spawning events in Palau.  Coral Reefs, 23: 133-140.
  • Victor SGolbuuY, Wolanski E, Richmond RH.  (2004). Fine sediment trapping in two mangrove-fringed estuaries exposed to contrasting land use intensity in Palau, Micronesia.   Wetland Ecology and Management, 12: 277-283
  • Wolanski E, Colin P, Naithani J, Deleersnijder E, Golbuu Y. (2004). Large amplitude, leaky, island-generated, internal waves around Palau, MicronesiaEstuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 60 (2004) 705-716.
  • Golbuu YVictor S, Wolanski E, Richmond RH.  (2003). Trapping of fine sediments in a semi enclosed lagoon, Palau, Micronesia.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 57: 941-949.