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Maria Rowena R. Eguia

Agricultural Science,

Expertise: Agricultural Science, Aquaculture Genetics (Quantitative Genetics, Population/Molecular Genetics), Freshwater Aquaculture (Tilapia/Freshwater Prawn Breeding and Farming)

Affiliation

Scientist, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), Aquaculture Dept., Department (Manila Office) 102 G/F Philippine Social Science Center Bldg., Commonwealth Ave., Diliman, Quezon City

Association

    • Philippine Ronpaku Fellow's Society, Secretary
    • International Network for Genetics, Associate Member
    • National Research Council of the Philippines, Regular Member
    • Network for Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries Professionals, Member
    • Asian Fisheries Society, Member
    • IDRC's Aquaculture Genetics Network in Asia, Member

Employment

    • Binangonan Freshwater Station (BFS), Scientist, 2007 O-present
    • Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC)/Aquaculture Department (AQD)-BFS, Research Specialist II, 2004 Jl-2007 S
    • Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC)/AQD-BFS, Scientist I, 2004 Ap-Mr
    • SEAFDEC/AQD-BFS, Associate Scientist, 1996 Je-2004 Mr
    • SEAFDEC/AQD-BFS, Researcher II, 1995 Ja-1996 My
    • SEAFDEC/AQD-BFS, Research Associate, 1987 Je-1994 D
    • SEAFDEC/AQD-BFS, Research Assistant, 1984 Ap-S
    • SEAFDEC/AQD-BFS, Research Assistant, 1982 Je-1984 Mr
    • SEAFDEC/AQD (Technology Verification and Demonstration Division), Officer-in-Charge, 2010, Ja, to present
    • SEAFDEC/AQD (Small-Holder Freshwater Aquaculture Program), Program Leader, 2009, Ja, to present
    • SEAFDEC/AQD (Training Unit), Training Coordinator, 2004, Mr, to present

Award

    • 18th Dr. Elvira O. Tan Memorial Award for Best Published Paper, PCAMRD, 2004
    • Certificate of Distinction for winning the 18th Dr. Elvira O. Tan Memorial Award for Best Paper , Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC)/Aquaculture Department (AQD), 2004 Jl 09
    • Certificate of Recognition for 22 years of Distinguished Service, SEAFDEC/AQD, 2004 Jl 09
    • Certificate of Recognition for 20 Years of Service, SEAFDEC/AQD, 2002 Jl 07
    • SEAFDEC/AQD Certificate of Recognition for winning the 8th Elvira O. Tan Memorial Award, SEAFDEC/AQD, 1996 Jl 07
    • 2010 Dr. Elvira O. Tan Memorial Award for Best Published Paper in Aquaculture, LBSCFI and DOST-PCAMRD, 2010, Jl,
    • 9th Dr. Elvira O. Tan Memorial Award for Best Published Paper in Aquaculture, DOST-PCAMRD , 1995, Jl, 26
    • Certificate of Recognition for winning the 9th Elvira O. Tan Memorial Award for Best Paper , SEAFDEC/AQD, 1996, Jl, 7

Research

    • Morphometric characterization and performance evaluation of different Macrobrachium strains and other commercially important freshwater prawns in the Philippines [Completed]
    • Genetic characterization of commercially important Philippine stocks of freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium sp., using DNA markers [Completed]
    • Refinement of broodstock and hatchery management methods for the commercial production of freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii seedstock I. Production of M. rosenbergii larvae tolerant to reduced salinities [On-going]
    • Improvement of fillet yield in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis spp) through farm-based mass selection [On-going]
    • R&D on the genetic characterization of Penaeus monodon broodstock [On-going]
    • Genetic improvement in the giant freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii I. Development of effective broodstock management schemes for improved growth and reproductive performance. [On-going]
    • Selective breeding for enhanced traits in saline-tolerant tilapias Oreochromis spp). I. Growth, survival and fillet yield of Mozambique tilapia, commercial tilapia hybrids and saline adapted Nile tilapia in brackishwater conditions [On-going]
    • Application of Molecular Genetic Markers in the Conservation and Management of Marine Genetic Resources in Asia. [On-going]
    • Selective breeding of Penaeus monodon. [On-going]
    • Selective breeding of mudcrab Scylla serrata. [On-going]

Papers Presented

    • Perspectives on the Role of Developing States in the Sustainable Use and Management of Marine Genetic Resources in Global Oceans , Workshop on Governance of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Management Issues and Options, Singapore
    • Research Initiatives on the Domestication and Genetic Improvement of Freshwater Prawns (Macrobrachium spp.) in the Philippines , World Fisheries Congress, Yokohama, Japan
    • Freshwater Prawn Research at the SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department , Giant Malaysian Prawn
    • Bioprospecting and the Management of Philippine Marine Genetic Resources: Issues and Challenges , 5th United Nations Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meeting on the Law of the Seas (UNICLOS), UN Headquarters, New York, USA
    • Application of DNA Based Markers in Stock Enhancement Programs, Regional Technical Consultation Meeting on Stock Enhancement of Species under International Concern Iloilo City, Philippines
    • Component Analysis in the Growth Performance of Tilapia Stocks Reared Communally in Tanks and Cages, with Reference to Microsatellite Variation , International Symposium on Tilapia in Aquaculture, Manila, Philippines
    • Genetic Evaluation of Asian Nile and Red Tilapia Stocks Inferred from mtDNA-RFLP Analysis , 5th Meeting of the Japanese Society for Fish Breeding and Genetics
    • Isolation and Characterization of Hydrocarbon Degrading Bacteria from Oil Spill Affected Coastal Areas in the Sea of Japan , Oceanology International 1999 Pacific Rim Conference, Singapore
    • Reproductive Performance of Four Red Tilapia Strains in Different Seed Production Systems , 5th International Symposium on Genetics in Aquaculture, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • Electrophoretic Studies on Gynogenetic Diploid and Triploid Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus and O. aureus), 2nd International Symposium on Tilapia in Aquaculture ICLARM Conference Department of Fisheries, Bangkok
    • Genetic Diversity and Sustainable Management of Farmed Tilapias Using Molecular Markers, Laboratory of Applied Population Genetics, Faculty of Agriculture, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
    • Electrophoretic Studies on Gynogenetic Diploid and Triploid Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus and O. aureus) , University College of Swansea, University of Wales, U.K.
    • Recent Developments in the Genetic Improvement of the Giant Freshwater Prawn, SEAFDEC/AQD, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines
    • Pag-aalaga ng Tilapia, 3rd edition SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department, Philippines
    • Pagpapaanak ng Tilapia (Tilapia Seed Production), 3rd edition SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department, Philippines
    • Tilapia Broodstock and Hatchery Management , Aquaculture Extension SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department, Philippines
    • Tilapia Farming in Ponds and Cages, SEAFDEC/AQD Extension Manual SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department, Philippines
    • Stock Enhancement of Endangered Aquatic Species in Southeast Asia , Regional Technical Consultation Meeting on Stock Enhancement of Species under International Concern Iloilo City, Philippines
    • 2010 and beyond: Better seeds for sustainable aquatic food production in Asia. , Regional Technical Consultation for Sustainable Aquaculture Development of SE Asia towards 2020. Bangkok, Thailand.
    • A comparative assessment of the genetic and biological characteristics of two giant freshwater prawn species (Macrobrachium wallacei and M rosenbergii) in the Philippines, International Symposium on Genetics in Aquaculture X, Bangkok, Thailand.
    • 2010 and beyond. Quality Seed for Sustainable Aquatic Food Production., Regional Technical Coordination Meeting on Sustainable Aquaculture. Bangkok, Thailand.
    • Stock Enhancement of Endangered Aquatic Species in Southeast Asia. , Regional Technical Consultation Meeting on Stock Enhancement of Species under International Concern. Iloilo City, Philippines

Education

    • Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan, PhD. Agricultural Science (Fish Population Genetics), 2001 - 2004
    • University of Wales, Swansea, Wales, U.K., Master of Science in Genetics and its Applications, 1984 - 1985
    • University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines, Bachelor of Science Major in Zoology, 1978 - 1982

Publication

    • Romana-Eguia, M.R.R., Ikeda, M., Basiao, Z.U., Taniguchi, N., (2005) Genetic changes during mass selection for growth of Nile tilapia assessed by microsatellites
    • Aquaculture Research Volume 36
    • Romana-Eguia, M.R.R., Ikeda, M., Basiao, Z.U. and Taniguchi, N., (2004) Genetic diversity in farmed Asian Nile and red tilapia stocks evaluated from microsatellites and mitchondrial DNA analysis.
    • Aquaculture Research Volume 236
    • Romana-Eguia, M.R.R. and Eguia, R.V., (1999) Growth of five Asian red tilapia strains in saline environments
    • Aquaculture Research Volume 173
    • Eguia, M.R.R., (1996) Reproductive performance of four red tilapia strains in different seed production systems
    • Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh Volume 48, No. 1
    • Eguia, M.R.R. and Eguia, R.V., (1993) Growth response of three Oreochromis niloticus strains to feed restriction
    • The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh Volume 45, No. 1
    • Romana-Eguia, M.R. and Doyle, R.W. , (1992) Genotype-environment interaction in the response of three Nile tilapia strains to poor nutrition
    • Aquaculture Volume 108
    • Nam, Y.K., Maclean, N., Fu, C., Pandian, T.J. Eguia, M.R.R., (2007) Transgenic fish for developing countries: scientific background
    • CAB International Volume 3
    • Eguia, M.R.R., Taniguchi, N., (2006) DNA markers help manage Nile tilapia stocks
    • Aquaculture Alliance Magazine
    • Romana-Eguia, M.R.R., Ikeda, M., Basiao, Z.U. and Taniguchi, N. , (2010) Growth comparison of Asian Nile and red tilapia strains in tank and lake-based rearing enclosures.
    • Aquaculture International. (online first, March 2010)
    • Romana-Eguia, M.R.R., Dejarme, H.E., Rosario, W., Roxas, E.C. and Wowor, D. , (2009) Philippine Freshwater Prawns.
    • Aquaculture Extension Manual. SEAFDEC/AQD.
    • Eguia, M.R.R., Toledo, J.D., Acosta, B.O., Eguia, R.V. and Israel, D. , (2008) Sustainable Tilapia Farming: A Challenge to Rural Development.
    • Fish for the People magazine. SEAFDEC Bangkok, Thailand.

Trainings

    • Workshop on Governance of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, 2008 N 3-5, Botanic Gardens, Singapore
    • World Fisheries Congress, 2008 O 20-24, Yokohama, Japan
    • Hipon Summit, 2008 Ag 21-22, Dagupan, Pangasinan, Philippines
    • Giant Malaysian Prawn 2008 International Seminar, 2008 Mr 28-29, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Seminar Workshop on Stock Enhancement and Aquaculture of Tropical Species, 2007 N 22, Tigbuan, Iloilo, Philippines
    • Aquaculture Technology Forum, 2007 O 16-17, CSSC Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City, Philippines
    • Fisheries and Aquatic Biotechnology Workshop, 2007 O 4, UP Visayas, Miag-ao, Iloilo, Philippines
    • 8th United Nations Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meeting, 2007 Je 25-29, UN Headquarters, New York, USA
    • National Symposium on Fisheries and Aquatic Biotechnology, 2006 Jl 5-6, SEAFDEC/AQD, Tigbuan, Iloilo, Philippines
    • 3rd Round Table Discussion on the Development of Genetically Improved, 2005 D 3-4, Bangkok, Thailand
    • STAP Transgenic Fish Biosafety Writing Workshop, 2005 O 17-21, World Fish Center, Penang, Malaysia
    • Study Visit to the Freshwater Fisheries Research Center, 2005 S 25-O 02, Wuxi, China
    • Workshop on the dissemination of genetically improved strains and steering committee, 2005 S 21-24, Shanghai, China
    • Regional Technical Consultation Meeting on Stock Enhancement of Species on International Concern, 2005 Jl 13-15, Tigbauan, Iloilo City, Philippines
    • Regional Technical Consultation Meeting on Sustainable Aquaculture, 2010, Mr, 17-19, Bangkok, Thailand
    • International Symposium on Genetics in Aquaculture X, 2009, Je, 22-26, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Laboratory work (Microsatellite marker analysis), Onagawa Field Science Center, Tohoku, 2009, My,, University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan