The UPMSI recognizes the DENR as a long-standing partner in its quest to conduct research and render public service to the Filipino. Indeed, many UPMSI graduates have gone on to work for the DENR—UP graduates who remain committed to UP’s principles of honor and excellence. Hence, the UPMSI remains willing and open to extending its services to the DENR, no matter the passing opinions of the day.

The UP Marine Science Institute reaffirms its commitment to a partnership with the DENR and other government agencies as it clarifies some points regarding “cost of services” following DENR Undersecretary Antiporda’s recent comments.

UP MSI experts are presenting the results of their investigations into the West Philippine Sea and the Philippine Rise in a four-episode webinar series. New webinars on biodiversity, oceanography, fisheries and challenges and threats are scheduled on Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14.

UP experts and scientists who have done research, or are currently involved in the Manila Bay Rehabilitation project, presented their studies at #ThatsMyBay, a forum on UP’s initiatives in keeping Manila Bay alive organized by the Padayon Public Service Office.

A recent paper by University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute’s Timothy Quimpo and colleagues, published in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (JMBA), revealed that coral reefs in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) have low abundance and diversity of corals and fish. Even the deeper areas of the reefs, the upper mesophotic coral ecosystems that are presumed to be buffered from disturbances, showed similar benthic and coral assemblage composition as the shallow water reefs, suggesting that both depths are vulnerable to disturbances.

This giant which lived inside long crusty tubes under the sea had eluded scientists for a very long time, earning the title of “Loch Ness Monster of mollusks” in a New Yorker scientific feature. Little was known of the shipworm with the scientific name Kuphus polythalamia. All modern-day scientists had were the empty skeletal pipes turning up in different parts of the world, and pre-War specimens that had turned into mush.