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Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) has recently hired Mr. David Koro Idip, Jr. as a Database Manager. Dave will focus primarily on improving PICRC’s data management system. With the increasing number of research projects and monitoring programs being conducted by PICRC, it is now necessary to improve the data management system to ensure that all the data are maintained properly and easily assessable for analyses and reporting. With Dave’s background and expertise in Geographic Information System (GIS), he will be able to strengthen PICRC’s efforts to use GIS to present and summarize data, therefore making the information more accessible and easier to understand and visualize.

Prior to PICRC, Dave served as consultant on two Asian Development Bank sponsored projects, the Sanitation Sector Development project and a technical assistance project to develop Palau’s capacity to respond to climate change. Dave also served as the Program Manager for Palau Automated Land and Resources Information System (PALARIS) from 2008 to 2010 and was one of the two original researchers at PICRC when it first opened its doors in 2001.

Dave earned a Master’s Degree in Science in Earth and Planetary Science, with an emphasis on coastal remote sensing and GIS, from the University of Tokyo in 2006.He graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1997 with a Bachelor Degree in Marine Science. In addition to his work in data management, Dave will also devote some of his time on training PICRC’s researchers and increasing their capacity in data management and the use of GIS.

According to Ms. Geraldine Rengiil, the Head of the Research and Aquarium Department, “PICRC is extremely excited to hire someone like Dave with his expertise, knowledge and educational background. The hiring of Dave highlights our efforts to continually strive toward our mission to be an international Center of Excellence to support conservation and management efforts in Palau and the region.”