Partnership, in particular long-term partnership, is one of the key factors that contribute to the success of the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). PICRC was honored to receive a personal donation of $1,500 from one of its longtime partners, Dr. Robert B. Dunbar, a professor of Earth Science at the Stanford School of Earth, Energy, & Environmental Science on October 04, 2019.

“I am highly impressed with PICRC, its staff, leadership, and its many accomplishments. I am also in awe of all the amazing things Palau is pioneering as a nation to protect its marine environment and resources, while also providing for its citizens,” stated Professor Dunbar.  He hopes to plant the seed to encourage others to contribute, and match his donation.

Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, PICRC CEO, received the donation at the third and final working group meeting for the ongoing PICRC and Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) collaboration to ensure successful implementation of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS).  Professor Dunbar is one of the members of the working group.

Before becoming a member of the PICRC-COS working group on PNMS, Professor Dunbar was already a partner with PICRC for many years.  He has been teaching a Stanford course at PICRC every other year since 2013.   These courses are attended by both Stanford and Palau Community College students.  He is a strong supporter of building the science capacity of students, and he has trained many Palauan students in his course.

Professor Dunbar has various distinctive accomplishments, including being a founding director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Environment and Resources and being named the J. Frederick and Elisabeth B. Weintz University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. The Weintz/Bass fellowship recognizes Dunbar’s achievements in teaching and mentoring of Stanford undergraduate students. Dunbar serves as an elected Trustee for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington D.C., and was recently appointed to the Board of the Atmospheric Science and Climate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Professor Dunbar’s research and teaching interests include Climate Change, Oceanography, Marine Ecology, Biogeochemistry, and Environmental Policy.

PICRC extends its deep gratitude and thanks to Professor Dunbar for his generous donation, as well as for his continuous partnership and support for PICRC and the valuable work he is doing for the PICRC-COS working group on PNMS. (PR)