As announced previously, MCT has awarded 5 new Graduate level scholarships to students in Micronesia through our two scholarship programs. Each day, we will be highlighting one of them. Today, we would like to introduce you to Ms. Lincy Marino.
Lincy Lee Marino is a young Palauan lady who has a passion and drive for environmental conservation. She completed her undergraduate education at the Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations focusing on environmental policy and development. Additionally, she minored in economics and development studies.
Since graduating in 2016, she has worked as a researcher at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), a reputable marine science research center in Micronesia. While at PICRC, she focuses on the socioeconomic aspect of marine conservation. As such, Lincy is working closely with other members of the Micronesia Challenge jurisdictions on the regional socioeconomic monitoring, to establish a cohesive monitoring protocol and database storage for all regional socioeconomic studies and data.
From her work at PICRC and her personal experiences, Lincy saw a great need in promoting sustainable management practices in Palau – from development to fisheries and more. Though many countries tend to sacrifice its environment for economic prosperity, it is important for Palau to not lose sight of our pristine environment in exchange for a better economic standing. Thus, it is important to integrate sustainable management practices into all aspects of life in Palau, in order to preserve the environment, along with our cultures and traditions, which are very much tied to the environment. Thus, while establishing herself in her field, she is also pursuing her postgraduate education at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Through a rigorous online program, Lincy is able to continue working while doing her studies. She hopes to graduate with her masters in science (M.S.) degree in Sustainable Management in May 2020