02 March, 2014
President of the International Society of Reef Studies joins PICRC as its Newest Board Member
The nomination of Dr. Robert Richmond by President Remengesau to serve on the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) Board of Directors as one of the three non-Palauan members was approved by the Senate on February 20th, making Dr. Richmond PICRC’s newest board member. Dr. Richmond is a Research Professor and Director at the Kewalo Marine Laboratory, Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Dr. Richmond’s has worked closely with community-based organizations, elected and traditional leaders and stakeholders, and has trained over fifty Pacific Islanders in his laboratory over the years. His research interests include coral reef ecology, marine conservation biology, ecotoxicology, bridging science to management and policy, and the integration of traditional ecological knowledge with modern approaches to resource use and protection.
Besides his research work, Dr. Richmond is also the President of the International Society for Reef Studies, the Science Advisor to the All-Islands Committee of the US Coral Reef Task Force and a science advisor for the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. He is both an Aldo Leopold Fellow in Environmental Leadership and a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation.
When informed about his appointment, Dr. Richmond, responded, “I consider this appointment as an honor and privilege, to be able to work with such a great group of friends and colleagues in support of PICRC. I will do all that I can to support the continued success of the Center.” Dr. Richmond, with his expertise, vast experience, knowledge and his network of scientists and managers from around the world, would further strengthen PICRC’s governing body. He joins a distinguished governing board composed of Mr. Noah Idechong, Ms. Alfonsa Koshiba, Mr. Hiroyuki Tanaka, Mr. Wayne Andrew, Mrs. Lolita Gibbons-Decherong, Mr. William Charles Raynor, Ms. Vernice Yuzi, Honorable Elbuchel Sadang, Mr. Percy Rechelluul, and Dr. Yimnang Golbuu.
PICRC’s well-rounded Board of Directors with expertise in research, conservation, management, finance and many others fields is a great asset to the Center. The Board of Directors of PICRC are the guardians of Center’s mission and provide direction and guidance that will help ensure that PICRC fulfills its mission to be an international Center of Excellence to support conservation and management for the perpetuation of marine and associated environments through research and education that is significant to Palau and relevant to the world.
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