New Research Publication on Marine Macrophytes in Verde Island

The NAGAO-funded research “Marine macrophyte composition during summer, southwest and northeast monsoons in Verde Island, Batangas City, Batangas, Philippines” of the VIP CORALS was published in the Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology. The study was aimed to determine the composition, distribution, and dominance of marine macrophytes during the northeast monsoon, summer, and southwest monsoon in four coastal areas in Verde Island.

Jayvee Ablaña Saco, Najeen Arabelle M. Rula, John Matthew Arcega, Alvin Tabuga, Alecs Persia, and Mark Anthony Alub. Marine macrophyte composition during summer, southwest and northeast monsoons in Verde Island, Batangas City, Batangas, Philippines. Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology.  14(3). 1-15

The VIP CORALS Marine Repository Hub: Laying foundations for science and discovery in the VIP

VIP CORALS proudly presents its first official publication in Philippine Science Letters.
 
Rula, Najeen Arabelle M., Saco, Jayvee Ablaña, Vacarizas, Joshua M., Valera, Jovy Ann Patchicoy, Sabban, Emilia Andrea V. and Briones, Romel U. 2020. The VIP CORALS Marine Repository Hub: Laying foundations for science and discovery in the VIP. Philippine Science Letters. 13 (1): 72-75.
 
Read the publication here:
https://philsciletters.net/2020-72/?fbclid=IwAR3nTFH2Nbq7pRs2VjJO5kU-AoweVlemPomZ93SJkpoVezZulTlXv54E0jk

Master of Science in Marine Biology Requirements

The Batangas State University through the Verde Island Passage Center for Oceanographic Research and Aquatic Life Science and College of Arts and Science (Main I) would like to inform everyone of the official offering of the newest graduate program of the University – Master of Science in Marine Biology. The program will be offered this coming 1st Semester, Academic Year 2020-2021.

Interested applicants may email their requirements for a preliminary evaluation to vipcorals@g.batstate-u.edu.ph.

Kindly wait for further information regarding the application form and entrance examination since the Testing and Admission Office (TAO) is still finalizing the new guidelines to accommodate the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reminders:
1. The subject of the email should follow this format – MS Marine Biology Application_Surname.
2. Recommendation letters should be directly emailed by the recommenders.
3. The filename of the recommendation letter should follow this format – Recommendation Letter_Surname of Applicant.

For further information and inquiries, you may email us at vipcorals@g.batstate-u.edu.ph.

 

Balik Scientist Webinars

During the Enhanced Community Quarantine, Balik Scientist Dr. Jayvee A. Saco conducted a series of webinars on “Green Tide Blooms in the Philippines.”

The first webinar was launched on April 27, 2020, in coordination with DOST-PCAARRD. A second webinar was carried out on May 4, 2020, to accommodate those who were not able to participate in the first webinar.

Photos from DOST PCAARRD Official Facebook Page

On May 15, 2020, Dr. Jayvee A. Saco was invited as a speaker to a webinar entitled “Biology: Through the Eyes of Research” organized the PLM Society for Biological Sciences. On the same day, Dr. Jayvee A. Saco participated in the pilot episode of #MicroVlogs organized by the UP MSI – Microbial Oceanography Laboratory as part of the celebration of the Month of the Ocean.

Photos from PLM Society of Biological Sciences and Microbial Oceanography Laboratory Official Facebook Pages

Catch Dr. Jayvee A. Saco’s latest webinar on May 20, 2020!

Photo from UAP Singapore Chapter Official Facebook Page

Master of Science in Marine Biology

The Batangas State University through the Verde Island Passage Center for Oceanographic Research and Aquatic Life Science and College of Arts and Science (Main I) would like to inform everyone that we will be officially offering the newest graduate program of our University – MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MARINE BIOLOGY. We will be offering the program this coming 1st Semester Academic Year 2020-2021.

For further information and inquiries, please email us at vipcorals@g.batstate-u.edu.ph.

VIP CORALS celebrates its 2nd Anniversary

On February 28, 2020, VIP CORALS organized a seminar as a celebration of its 2nd Founding Anniversary. Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo gave his welcome remarks and felicitations to the participants and guests.

Dr. Jonel Corral shared his expertise on “Parasitic Relationship between Isopod and Crab in the Marine Environment,” while Dr. Miguel Azcuna shared his expertise on “Allelopathic Compounds from Sponge: Understanding the Ecological Roles and Screening for Bioactivity.”

Dr. Jayvee Saco, a Balik Scientist, also launched his lecture series on “Green Tide Blooms in the Philippines.”

Deo Macahig, President of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Society (UP MaSS), also shared some of the activities and projects of their organization.

Dr. Shirley Cabrera concluded the event through her warm closing remarks.

During the afternoon, UP MaSS held a film showing about the marine environment.

Deepest gratitude to everyone who participated and celebrated with us!

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Dr. Jayvee A. Saco – Balik Scientist

On February 13,  Dr. Jayvee A. Saco had his courtesy call for the Balik Scientist Program with DOST-PCAARRD Officials, together with other Balik Scientists Dr. Charina Lyn A. Repollo and Dr. Zenith Gaye A. Orozco-Bautista, at PCAARRD Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna.

Photos from Balik Scientist Program Official Facebook Page

Eco Camp Meeting

The VIP CORALS team had a meeting with SEA Institute and Dr. Katherine Sanchez-Escalona of MinSCAT on February 10 for the future schedules and activities for the Eco Camp by the Sea.

Left to right: Joal Ascalon, Dr. Jonel Corral, Dr. Jayvee Saco, Dr. Miguel Azcuna, Alecs Persia, Najeen Rula, Dr. Katherine Sanchez-Escalona, Jovy Ann Valera

Photo from Joal Ascalon