Guam and Micronesia’s natural resources are invaluable and irreplaceable. Guam not only has the potential for STEM innovation; they have incredible potential for discovery of the yet unknown. The importance of discoveries of new plants and animals is unimaginable, not only in terms of new knowledge and information, but also in their application to the problems and challenges of mankind. The EPSCoR/IDeA funded programs are imperative to provide the financial foundation for future growth.
Modern development, technology, and climate change are impacting Guam. Guam has a rich research terrain, from tropical island environment to coral reefs to ocean depths resources. Many of the marine plants and animals can be found nowhere else on earth. A general consensus was reached during multiple facilitated meetings; Guam has incredible potential for STEM achievements and contributions to the global research community.