Dr. Yimnang Golbuu
Dr. Yimnang Golbuu is the CEO of the Palau International Coral Reef Center, which focuses on supporting ocean stewardship through research and its applications for the people of Palau, Micronesia, and the world. In 2012, he received a commendation by the Palau National Congress for his contributions to the sustainability of Palau’s natural resources. In 2013, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. He has served as a board member of Palau Conservation Society, Chairman of the Northern Reef Management Planning Team and Chairman of the Protected Areas Network Technical Committee and Vice President of the International Society for Reef Studies. Presently, he is a member of the Palau National Commission of UNESCO, Palau’s focal point for International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), and Palau’s Point of Contact (POC) for the US Coral Reef Task Force. Yimnang received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Davis, M.S. in Biology from the University of Guam and Ph.D. in coral reef ecology at Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia.