Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, the chief researcher at the Palau International Coral Reef Center, participates as a conservation advisor with the RTI project, Bridging Reef Resilience Research and Conservation. He has been a principal investigator on several projects, including Palau’s Long-Term Coral Reef Monitoring Program, the MPA Effectiveness Program, and the Watershed Project. Yim’s current research focuses on the factors that contribute to coral reef resilience and recovery from disturbance. He also works on MPAs and the factors that make them effective.
Throughout his career, Yim has applied his research to improve marine conservation and management. He served on the National Commission of the Republic of Palau for UNESCO, as a board member of the Palau Conservation Society, and also chaired the Northern Reefs Management Planning Team of Palau and the country’s Protected Areas Network Technical Committee. Although most of his work is in Palau, Yim has conducted studies, monitoring, and trainings in other islands of Micronesia, including Yap, Guam, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and the Marshall Islands. In January 2012, the Palau National Congress passed the Senate Joint Resolution commending Yim for his contributions to the sustainability of Palau’s natural resources.
Yim earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at the University of California, Davis, a master’s degree in biology at the University of Guam, and a doctorate in coral reef ecology at Southern Cross University in Australia. His doctoral work involved examining how coral bleaching and land-use change affect coral reef communities. He is the first Palauan scientist to receive a doctorate in marine science. Contact Yim