Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) researcher, Lincy Lee Marino, travelled to Okinawa, Japan, last week for a week-long training on social science research. As part of her work at PICRC, Ms. Marino needs to get training on research methods in social science research.


The training was conducted by two professors from the University of the Ryukyus: Dr. Yoko Fujita and Dr. Kaoruko Miyakuni. Professor Fujita and Dr. Miyakuni are socioeconomic researchers who are working on the Palau Coral Reef Island Ecosystems (P-CoRIE) project, a five-year collaborative project with PICRC.

Ms. Marino will lead PICRC’s socio-economic research and to do that effectively, she needs to obtain comprehensive training on social science research. Thus, during her training, Ms. Marino gained new knowledge on economic valuation in connection with conservation measures; creating effective questionnaires and surveys; the importance of biodiversity and the connectivity within ecosystems and among different species; and importance of carrying capacity in terms of conservation efforts.

PICRC continually seeks opportunities to build the staffs’ capacity in their respective fields in order to fulfill their responsibilities to the utmost potential. This social science research training is one of the first in many trainings that Ms. Marino will attend to build her capacity for research work to be done at PICRC. [/restrict]