Edgardo Gomez, national scientist, passes away

Published December 3, 2019, 12:39 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Dhel Nazario

National scientist Edgardo Gomez, known for his contributions and researches on marine ecosystems has passed away at the age of 81, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said on Tuesday.

(DOST / MANILA BULLETIN)
(DOST / MANILA BULLETIN)

Gomez served as the Founding Director of the Marine Science Institute (MSI) at the University of the Philippines (UP), a world-class research and teaching institution in marine science and is an internationally renowned center of excellence for national and scientific initiatives.

One of his most notable works was his contributions in the baseline mapping of the Philippines to handle the highly-contested Spratly Islands and in the groundwork for the Archipelagic Studies Program that the UP System has established.

He was a known researcher, scientist, conservation advocate, and mentor in invertebrate biology and ecology, giant clam culture and restoration, and coral reef assessment and conservation. His research became the bases for management of and the conservation programs for the country’s marine resources.

Through his pioneering research, he was able to steer the world’s first national-scale assessment of damage to coral reefs that led to the widespread concern over the status of coral reefs. This resulted to the worldwide conservation initiatives, such as the Global Reefs and Risk Analysis, Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, and the International Coral Reef Action.

He finished Bachelor of Arts/ B.S. Education summa cum laude in De La Salle University (1962), M.S. Biology in St. Mary’s University Minnesota (1967), and Ph.D. Marine Biology in University of California San Diego (1973).

He served as member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Western Society of Naturalist, World Mariculture Society, National Research Council of the Philippines, and the International Society for Reef Studies.He was awarded the Global 500 Roll of Honour by the United Nations Environment Programme in 1989, The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) in Science (Marine Biology) by the Philippine Jaycee Senate in 1992, Outstanding Science Administrator by the Department of Science and Technology in 1996, Gregorio Y. Zara Award (Basic Science) by the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science in 1998, and the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award by the Philippine Civil Service Commission in 2000.

He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST PHL) in 1993 and was proclaimed as National Scientist in 2014.

 
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Edgardo Gomez, national scientist, passes away

Published December 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Dhel Nazario

National scientist Edgardo Gomez, known for his contributions and researches on marine ecosystems has passed away at the age of 81, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said on Tuesday.

(DOST / MANILA BULLETIN)
(DOST / MANILA BULLETIN)

Gomez served as the Founding Director of the Marine Science Institute (MSI) at the University of the Philippines (UP), a world-class research and teaching institution in marine science and is an internationally renowned center of excellence for national and scientific initiatives.

One of his most notable works was his contributions in the baseline mapping of the Philippines to handle the highly-contested Spratly Islands and in the groundwork for the Archipelagic Studies Program that the UP System has established.

He was a known researcher, scientist, conservation advocate, and mentor in invertebrate biology and ecology, giant clam culture and restoration, and coral reef assessment and conservation. His research became the bases for management of and the conservation programs for the country’s marine resources.

Through his pioneering research, he was able to steer the world’s first national-scale assessment of damage to coral reefs that led to the widespread concern over the status of coral reefs. This resulted to the worldwide conservation initiatives, such as the Global Reefs and Risk Analysis, Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, and the International Coral Reef Action.

He finished Bachelor of Arts/ B.S. Education summa cum laude in De La Salle University (1962), M.S. Biology in St. Mary’s University Minnesota (1967), and Ph.D. Marine Biology in University of California San Diego (1973).

He served as member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Western Society of Naturalist, World Mariculture Society, National Research Council of the Philippines, and the International Society for Reef Studies.He was awarded the Global 500 Roll of Honour by the United Nations Environment Programme in 1989, The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) in Science (Marine Biology) by the Philippine Jaycee Senate in 1992, Outstanding Science Administrator by the Department of Science and Technology in 1996, Gregorio Y. Zara Award (Basic Science) by the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science in 1998, and the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award by the Philippine Civil Service Commission in 2000.

He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST PHL) in 1993 and was proclaimed as National Scientist in 2014.

 
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