Ms. Evelyn Otto, a researcher from the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), has returned home from Japan for three weeks to continue her research. Ms. Otto is currently enrolled in a Masters program at the University of Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan under the supervision of Dr. Haruko Kurihara. As part of her Masters program, Ms. Otto is conducting a research project to determine the effect of sewage from the Malakal outflow pipes on coral reefs.
Ms. Otto’s is on scholarship from the Palau Coral Reef Island Ecosystem (P-CoRIE) project. This five year project focuses on research that can provide valuable information to inform policy makers in the face of climate change. P-CoRIE is funded by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
During her last visit Ms. Otto deployed corals from areas outside of the sewer outfall to areas inside the sewer outfall to observe their changes after three weeks. Now, Ms. Otto is extending her experiment and will inspect changes in coral growth after three months. Through this research Ms. Otto will gain an understanding on how nutrients affect the growth and health of corals surrounding the Malakal outflow pipe.
Ms. Otto will conduct this research at PICRC in the following three weeks before she returns to Japan. Ms. Otto will be back in September to continue her experiments and looks forward to eventually returning to work at PICRC upon completion of her degree. The Center continues to support the growth and development of its staff. Through this continued investment, PICRC can better achieve its mission “to guide efforts supporting coral reef stewardship through research and its applications for the people of Palau, Micronesia, and the world.” [/restrict]