Front L_R (Sun Bak Hospital, Lincy L. Marino, Geraldine Rengiil, Supin Wongbusarakum, and Shuri Chibana. Back L_R (Winfred Mudong, Shirley Koshiba, Geraldine Datuin and Dr. Yimnang Golbuu)

On February 4-5, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) researchers, Ms. Lincy Lee Marino and Ms. Shirley Koshiba, Micronesia Challenge (MC) Regional Socio-economic Monitoring (SEM) Coordinator, Mr. Winfred Mudong, MC Regional Coordinator, Ms. Geraldine Datuin and MC Champions intern, Ms. Shuri Chibana attended a two-day training on MC SEM database at PICRC. The training was conducted by Ms. Sun Bak Hospital, who is a Data Scientist based in Hawaii and funded by a grant from the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT). The purpose of the training was to instruct the attendees in the use of MySQL Workbench, a data storage tool, used to download, filter, manage and safely store data.

After this training, PICRC and the MC will work together on a centralized database that will be available and accessible for managers.  PICRC plays an important role, not only in Palau but in the region, to support conservation and management. Therefore, having the MC-SEM database training in Palau fulfills PICRC’s goal of developing local capacity, including our regional partners. PICRC’s mission is to guide efforts supporting coral reef stewardship through research and its applications for the people of Palau, Micronesia, and the world. For more information about current research programs, visit or “like” PICRC on Facebook.