My research focus is on the effects of climate change on the marine plant community. Understanding how our primary producers respond to these changes will help us to predict the future health of our reefs. This is crucial for the livelihood of Pacific Islanders who highly depend on the ocean for food, income, and cultural purposes.
My research goals are to fill in the knowledge gap of our algal communities in Pohnpei and the broader FSM. I will conduct outreach activities, algae workshops, and scientific research that will include the local community, government, and traditional leaders, environmental organisations, schools, and all other stakeholders. All the information gathered will be shared in order to assist with the process of making informed decisions with regards to our marine protected areas and managing our natural resources.
Kaselehlie! My name is Nicole Yamase and I am from the island of Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). I graduated with my B.S. in Environmental Studies and B.A. in Biology from Chaminade University of Honolulu. I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Marine Biology Graduate Program at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.