CEO Of Palau Coral Reef Center Elected To Prestigious Post

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Dr Golbuu to become VP of International Society For Reef Studies

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Feb. 2, 2015) – Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, CEO of the Palau International Coral Reef Center, has just been elected as Vice President of the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS), the largest professional organization for coral reef researchers and managers. The Society has over 600 members from 70 nations, and publishes the scientific journal Coral Reefs, which is one of the primary sources for recent research reports on coral reef ecosystems. Dr. Golbuu’s election to this important position is a reflection of Palau International Coral Reef Center’s (PICRC) international recognition as a world-class coral reef research center.

"Yimnang’s election to this prestigious post is no surprise to me," said Dr. Bob Richmond, the past President of the Society who nominated him. "Yimnang is not only a highly productive and respected scientist, but he is also an excellent communicator who brings a very important cultural perspective to the field of coral reef research and can bridge the best of traditional knowledge with modern science." "At a time when coral reefs are in decline worldwide, Yim’s knowledge and leadership skills will be of great value to the ISRS goals of using science to support coral reef sustainability as a legacy for the future."

"Palau not only possesses some of the world’s most diverse and exquisite coral reef ecosystems," says Richmond, "but through the efforts of President Remengesau, Minister Sengebau and past OEK Speaker Noah Idechong, Palau is recognized as a world leader in coral reef and marine resource stewardship."

Dr. Golbuu is the first Pacific Islander to hold such a high leadership position for ISRS, and brings a valuable set of perspectives, experiences and knowledge to bear on the future direction of the Society as its members strive to put their science to work in preserving coral reefs and the lives of those who depend on them. He will also play an important role in the organization of the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, a gathering of over 2,500 coral reef scientists and managers to be held in Hawaii in June 2016, in which Palau will be featured through the leadership and participation of President Remengesau for a planned regional leaders summit.

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