by Christine Cherry E. Solon, CSM |
The awardees with their adviser, Dr. Ephrime B. Metillo (fourth from left), J.D. Masangcay, E.B. Anunciado, and D.L.A. Sipalay
MSU-IIT’s Marine Biology students won prizes for their paper presentations during the Federation of Institutions for Marine and Freshwater Sciences (FIMFS) Annual National Convention at the University of Eastern Philippines, Catarman, Northern Samar on September 21 to 23, 2016.
This year’s convention theme is: Dynamic partnerships in aquatic biodiversity conservation for inclusive growth and sustainable development.
Mr. Japhet D. Anunciado, took the first place for Graduate Student Category with his paper entitled Diet and stable isotope analyses of ten finfish species in a Southern Philippines Mangroves estuary. He also received a cash prize of PhP3000.
Coming in second for the same category was Ms. Shirlamaine Irina G. Masangcay with her paper entitled Feeding habits of Mobula japonica (Mobulidae, Chondricthyes) in Butuan Bay, Northeastern Mindanao, Philippines. Anunciado and Masangcay are both M.S. Marine Biology students.
For the Undergraduate Student Category, Ms. Diva Licel A. Sipalay, a B.S. Biology (Marine Biology) student won second place with her paper entitled Establishment of a marine biodiversity database of coral reef species of Linamon, Lanao del Norte. Ms Sipalay also received a cash prize of PhP2000.
FIMFS is a collegial organization that promotes mentoring of budding aquatic scientists and collaboration in research for development in marine and freshwater sciences.
Founded at the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City in 1968, FIMFS has 22 member academic institutions offering marine and freshwater sciences and allied fields. Heads of these academic institutions or their official representatives sit as members of the Governing FIMFS Board. Currently sitting as the organization’s President is Dr. Ephrime B. Metillo of the Department of Biological Sciences of the College of Science and Mathematics of MSU-IIT.