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  • The Marine Science Institute’s first 50 years

    (with excerpts from “A Vignette MSI@30” by National Scientist Edgardo D. Gomez, in italics) Marine Science Center The Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines (UP) approved, on 28 March 1974, the charter of the Marine Sciences Center (MSC), a multidisciplinary research unit that was to serve the university at large.  A newly…

  • Homes for the Holothurians: Optimizing sea cucumber management strategies through biophysical modeling

    By. Mia N. Judicpa & Gabrielle A. Abrahan As the gastronomic demand for our marine resources grows, our natural stock can barely keep up. Luckily, ecology experts work with modellers to explore different approaches in preserving the biodiversity of our oceans. In this feature, we take a look at how computational science can help us…

  • UP MSI 2019 – 2021 Report: Science, Leadership, and Community

    From all the expeditions to the growing partnerships, the Institute is proud of everything it has achieved in the last 3 years. But more than the numbers, these figures represent the hard work that has been done since the beginning by every scientist, researcher, and staff member. Ultimately, the goal is to pursue science in…

  • Fishing in a Vortex: How ocean currents affect biological productivity

    By. Mia N. Judicpa & Gabrielle A. Abrahan Around four months a year, we experience a respite from our tropical climate when the weather starts to chill. During Christmas, we wear thick clothes as winds from Siberia and China descend upon our mornings and bring with them good — and cold — tidings. These winds prevail during…

  • In Full Bloom: Predicting HAB events using A.I.

    By. Mia N. Judicpa & Gabrielle A. Abrahan, MSI Contributors In 1983, many inhabitants of Samar, Masbate, Sorsogon, and even Western Visayas were gripped by symptoms like tingling, numbness, and nausea. Almost 300 cases of food poisoning were reported. The culprit was eventually identified to be the dinoflagellate Pyrodinium bahamense that affected green mussels in Maqueda Bay…