THE GROUP

Aletta T. Yñiguez

BiOME  head/Assistant Professor

Aletta is a biological oceanographer interested in the interaction of organisms and their environment especially how these relate to marine productivity and harmful algal blooms. She is fascinated in capturing these interactions and conducts experiments using empirical biophysical models.In the lab, various field activities and lab experiments are conducted aiming to fill in gaps identified through the modeling exercise.  She obtained her Ph.D. from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Florida, USA.

John Kristoffer Andres

Master's student/

Research Assistant

JK is currently working on the toxin transfer processes within the Southeast Asian Green-lipped mussel (Perna viridis).  He specifically aims to understand toxin uptake, assimilation, depuration, and biotransformation in the shellfish.  Previous works looked at the zooplankton community structure in Harmful Algal Bloom affected areas.

Gianina Cassandra May Apego

Master's student/

Research Assistant

Giannina is part of a DENR-funded project that explores biological components of the West Philippine Sea.  Her research interest focuses on phytoplankton ecology hence her thesis, partially funded by the Rufford Foundation and National Geographic, will investigate on the mechanism that drives the productivity in Donsol.

Iris Bollozos

Ph.D. student/

Research Assistant

Iris was involved in a project entitled, Shelf-Pacific Interaction in Luzon (SPIL), which looks into the influence of the bifurcation of the North Equatorial Current (into the Kuroshio and Mindanao currents) on the shelf processes in the eastern coast of Luzon, as part of her doctoral dissertation. She aims to determine how these processes affect plankton assemblages and their link to the fisheries in the Bicol shelf. She is currently involved in the CoRe Tool Project, which aims to produce a prototype of a low cost, rapid reef assessment tool.

Patrick Lawrence Cadeliña

Master's student/

Research Assistant

Terk is currently involved in the National Assessment of Coral Reef Environments program of the DOST, specifically in the development of a low-cost, rapid underwater survey tool named ARAICoBeH (A Rapid Assessment Instrument for Coastal Benthic Habitats).

Kristina Cordero-Bailey

Ph.D. student

Pach’s current research focuses on the vertical distribution of plankton in the Philippine Sea and she seeks to understand how plankton interactions are affected by physical disturbances such as storms and monsoons. She is also affiliated with the Ocean Color and Coastal Oceanography laboratory where she works on ocean remote sensing and capacity building of regional DENR personnel.

Ma. Rica Teresa Dungog

Master's student/

Research Assistant

Rica is part of a Department of Science and Technology-PCAARRD funded project that aims to determine the linkage of harmful algal blooms with weather phenomena, particularly the ENSO. Her thesis is funded by a project grant from The Rufford Foundation and National Geographic Society.  She focuses on the zooplankton community of the waters of Donsol, Sorsogon and its possible relationship with the seasonal aggregation of whale sharks in the area.

Eunice Gianan

Master's student

Eunice is currently a Research Assistant for a project funded by the OML Research Center under Ateneo de Manila University. She is interested in the biology of mangroves, its goods and ecosystem services specifically the “regulatory natural processes” such as carbon sequestration and coastal protection. For her thesis, she aims to study and develop an ecological model that will simulate the impacts of sea level rise in the spatial distribution, growth and survival of mangroves in Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA).

Mary Rose Lopez

Master's student

Using individual-based modeling to understand the patch dynamics of Thalassia hemprichii along a nutrient gradient in Bolinao, Pangasinan, NW Philippines

Jennifer Mary Maister

Master's student/

Research Assistant

Jenny’s current research interests are ecosystem modelling in relation to harmful algal blooms (HABs) in near-shore coastal areas and how this affects toxin dynamics during shellfish poisoning events. Previous and current project work with DOST-PCAARD is centered on the mitigation and prevention of HABs in specific parts of the Philippines using biophysical models, laboratory experiments and consistent monitoring of HABs in the field.

Andalus Punongbayan

Ph.D. student/

Research Assistant

Asa’s research interests include developing or applying existing quantitative approaches to support management of coral reefs. Her previous work focused on modelling fine scale (centimetres to metres) community dynamics in degraded and restored reef patches.

Alumni
Marianne Camoying

Master's thesis: Characterization of phytoplankton spatial variability in two key sardine fishery areas in the Philippines using FLOWCAM

Patrick Pata

Master's thesis: Philippine coral reef connectivity and network analysis