Ms. Yubee Isaac, a former Palau Community College (PCC) student, who interned at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) last summer, returns to the Center as an intern under PICRC’s 2016 Summer Internship Program, Building Science and Environmental Capacity in Palau’s Youth. The internship program was made possible through the Government of Palau’s 2016 Year of the Youth Small Grant Scheme, which is supported by a Grant from the Government of India. This program is a six-week immersion into marine ecosystems, conservation, and Palau marine cultural knowledge.
During her previous internship in the summer of 2015, she had worked with her mentor, Ms. Evelyn Otto in the Research and Aquarium Department. After her internship that semester, Ms. Isaac graduated with an Associate’s degree in Environmental/Marine Science. With her PCC degree and work experience at the Center, Ms. Isaac decided to continue her education at the University of Hawaii (UH) in Hilo where she is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies.
Thanks to PICRC’s Summer Internship program and the Pacific Islanders Program for Exploring Science (PIPES), she was given the opportunity to work with PICRC researchers to learn and contribute towards conservation and management of Palau’s marine environment and resources.
Ms. Isaac’s acceptance from both internship programs has given her the opportunity to work with her new mentor and PICRC researcher, Mr. Victor Nestor. Her project for this summer will focus on helping Mr. Nestor do comparison of fish biomass in selected Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and their reference sites.
When asked why she decided to come back to PICRC as an intern, Ms. Isaac expresses her desire to learn more close to home. Ms. Isaac has dedicated her education to trying to understand and study marine life. She also expresses her wish to return back to Palau after graduating from UH Hilo and becoming a PICRC researcher. [/restrict]