Dr. Yimnang Golbuu is the CEO at the Palau International Coral Reef Center. His research interest includes Marine Protected Areas, impacts of local and global disturbance on reefs and status and recovery of reefs over time. In 2012, he received a commendation by the Palau National Congress for his contributions to the sustainability of Palau’s natural resources. In 2013, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. He has served as a board member of Palau Conservation Society, Chairman of the Northern Reef Management Planning Team and Chairman of the Protected Areas Network Technical Committee and Vice President of the International Society for Reef Studies. Presently, he is a Member of the Northern Reef Co-Management Committee, the Palau National Commission of UNESCO, Palau National Marine Sanctuary Executive Committee, and Palau’s Point of Contact (POC) for the US Coral Reef Task Force. Yimnang received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Davis, M.S. in Biology from the University of Guam and Ph.D. in coral reef ecology at Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia.
Talk Title: The merging of traditional knowledge, science and policy to support conservation and management: a case study from Palau
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