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Milagrosa R. Martinez-Goss

Phycologist, Certificate of Honor (2007)

Expertise: Biological Sciences, Phycology, Botany

Dr. Milagros R. MArtinez-Goss is recognized for her important contributions in the field of Phycologist Dr. Martinez-Goss was awarded the title Professor Emeritus for Algal biology and Biotechnology (Biofuels and Feed) by the U.P. Board of Regents last October 31, 2007. She completed her Ph.D. in Botany, specializing in Phycology at UPLB in 1976, focusing on the diatom flora of Laguna de Bay in Luzon Island. But her love affair for algae, particularly diatoms, began after enrolling in a class of the late Dr. Gregorio T. Velasquez, recognized as the Father of Philippine Phycology. These lessons inspired her to pursue research on these microscopic, but important producers of the food pyramid. Since 1976, she has been a treasured faculty of the Plant Biology Division of the IBS, teaching many key courses in Botany, and helped establish the first phycological collection in the UPLB Botanical Herbarium. Dr. Martinez-Goss is dubbed the “great algal-agriculturist of the sea” for her exceptional contributions in the study of diatoms and algal taxonomy, a field dominated by foreign researchers. Certain species of diatoms are key indicators of oil deposits and used to determine the age of these deposits, making them useful in forensic studies. She has described 13 new species and varieties of algae, including three currently deposited at the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences. She has also identified 17 species of algae, which represent the first country records for the Philippines. After retiring from IBS, Dr. Martinez-Goss continues to be involved in research and extension work at the Institute, focusing on studies to mass cultivate freshwater microalgae for biodiesel feestaock, as emphasized in her lecture on “Prospectives of micro-algae as sustainable biofuel sources” during the Botany Centennial Celebration last December 9, 2010. She continues to spearhead many phycological researches and most recently, she was assigned program leader for the UPLB-CHED program on “Development and Capability Building Program on Algal Research” which convened together researchers from eight different state universities and college from all over the Philippines.

Affiliation

Scientist, Biological Science Division, UPLB, 2094 Mariposa St., Pleasnt Vill., Los Banos Laguna

Professor Emeritus, Institute of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UPLB

Association

    • National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Member

Award

    • Certificate of Honor, Museum of Natural History , 2007 O 01
    • Plaque of Appreciation, College of Arts and Sciences, 2007 N 21

Research

    • Taxonomy and Ecology of Bloom-forming Algae in Rice Paddies of the Philippines [Ongoing]
    • Marine Phytoplankter of the Philippines [On-going]
    • CIDS Integration of Local Knowledge in Relation to Algal Diversity for a More Sustainable Rice Production in the Pinatubo Area [On-going]
    • Biodiesel Feedstock Production from Freshwater Microalgae-Mass Cultivation of Fresh Water Microalgae [On-going]
    • Mastogloia spp. (Bacillariophyceae) from the Philippines [On-going]

Papers Presented

    • Effects of Depth and Spacing on the Growth of Gracilaria firma (Rhodophyta) in Buguey Lagoon, Cagayan Philippines/ and to visit and Observe Research and Teaching Institutions in Chiba, Fukuoka, Japan, 19th International Seaweed Symposium, Kobe, Japan
    • Diversity of Algae in Rice Paddies of the Philippines, International Conference,Harison Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Algologist Confession on How to Survive in the Academic Ocean, 31st Anniversary of the MNH
    • Diversity of Algae in Rice Paddies of the Philippines and their uses, IBS
    • CIDS Integration of Local Knowledge in Relation to Algal Diversity for a More Sustainable RiceProduction in the Pinatubo Area, 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Algal Biotechnology (APCAB)
    • Marine Diatoms of the Philippines and Mastegloia, 5th APCAB Meeting in Quingdao, China
    • Easy Way of Culturing the blue-green alga, Nostoc commune varsch, Technoforum on Algae in Geo Farm, Bayambang, Pangasinan
    • The Plants-Gateway to the Green World, Lecture given to the CSIW 2003. Bio Adventure Exploring the Map of Life, Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs, Inc. in Dumaluan Beach, Resat, Panglas, Bohol
    • Effect of Lead Chloride on the growth, chlorophyll a content of the blue-geen alga, Oscillaroria willei, PSM, 32nd Annual Convention in Davao City
    • Diatoms: Cells with glass walls, Institute of Biology, College of Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City/ Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society
    • Diversity of Algae in Rice Paddies of the Philippines, 2009 International Symposium on Bioresources: the Present and the Future at Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea
    • Noteworthy Diatoms from Balayan Bay, Batangas, Province, Philippines , Verde Is. Conservation and Management in cooperation with SESAM, University of the Philippines Los Banos, College, Los Banos, Laguna
    • Application of Diatoms in Health and Medicine , Second National Conference and General Assembly of the Philippine Society for Cell Biology at the Angelo King Auditorium at the St. Luke's Medical Center, Quezon City
    • Systematics of photosynthetic Euglenoids: Morpholoqical and Molecular Approach , IBSLH3, Institute of Biological Sciences, CAS, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna
    • Seaweed Production and Climate Change in the Philippines, Seaweed Festival, Buguey, Cagayan (sponsored by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office No. 02.)
    • Effect of light quality on the growth and lipid content of Chlorella vulgaris Beij. (Cv1) (Chlorophyta), Phycological Society of America Annual Meeting, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A
    • Diversity of Epipelic Diatoms of Laguna de Bay, Philippines as Indicators of Environmental Changes, International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change” on in PICC, Manila, Philippines
    • Diversity of Microalgae in the Aquatic Environment and their Potential as Biofuels, Cluster II Symposium of the Philippine Society for Microbiology held at DLSU, Manila
    • Current Status on the R & D on Biodiesel Feedstock Production from Philippine Microalgae, “The Status and Technology Development of Biofuel from Algae in Workshop on ASEAN Countries' Institute of Graduate Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Epipelic Diatoms of Lake Caliraya, Laguna, Philippines, LakeCon Second National Congress on Philippine Lakes held at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna

Education

    • University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Laguna, PhD. in Botany, 1976

Publication

    • Briones, M.P., Martinez, M.R., (2000) A comparison of the morphocytology and chemical composition of the two forms of cyanobacterium, Nostoc commune vauch from the Philippines and Japan
    • Journal of Applied Phycology Volume 19, No. 6
    • Cremen, M.C., Martinez, M.R., Corre, V.L., (2007) Phytoplankton bloom in commercial shrimp ponds using green water technology
    • Journal of Applied Phycology Volume 19, No. 6
    • Martinez, M.R., Torreta, N.K., Merca, F.E., Nacorda, J.O., (2007) Metal resistance and removal by two strains of the green alga,Chorella vulgaris beijerinck,isolated from Laguna de bay, Philippines
    • Journal of Applied Phycology Volume 19, No. 6
    • Martinez, M.R., Torreta, N.K., Merca, F.E., (2007) Algal Biotechnology
    • Journal of Applied Phycology Volume 19, No. 6
    • Martinez-Goss, R.M., (2003) Veterinary Botany
    • IBS, College, Laguna
    • Martinez-Goss, R.M., (2003) Practical Botany (A Lecture Syllabus)
    • CAS, UP Los Banos
    • Martinez-Goss, M.R., Lopez, L.C., (2011) Some noteworthy diatoms (Class Bacillariophyceae) associated with brown seaweeds, Sargassum spp., from Batangas and Quezon Provinces, Philippines
    • Asia Life Sciences Volume 6
    • Martinez-Goss, M.R., Evangelista, L.T., (2011) Contribution to the Taxonomy of Mastogloia (class Bacillariophyceae), in the Philippines
    • Philippine Journal of Science Volume 140, No. 1
    • Demafelis, R.B., Quiñones, V.R., Martinez-Goss, M.R., Migo, V.P., Movillon, J.L., Alberto, P.R., (2011) Parametric Study on Dilute Acid Pre-treatment and Enzymatic Saccharification of Turbinaria ornata (Phaeophyta) for Hydrolysate Production
    • Philippine Chemical Engineering Journal Volume 13, No. 1
    • Boonmee, S., Martinez-Goss, M.R., Shin, W., (2011) Taxonomy of flagellated algae in brackish- and freshwater fishponds in Central Luzon, Philippines
    • Asia Life Science (Asia Int?l. J. of Life Sciences) Volume 20, No. 1

Trainings

    • Bio Adventure Exploring the Map of Life, Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs, Inc., 2003 O 20-24, Dumaluan Beach, Resat, Panglas, Bohol
    • Technoforum on Algae, 2005 O 13, Geo Farm, Bayambang, Pangasinan
    • 19th International Seaweed Symposium, 2007 Mr, Kobe, Japan
    • Consultation Workshop on DOST National R & D Priorities Plan, 2009 N 19, Main Resto, AFP Commissioned Officers Club, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
    • International Conference on Diversity of Algae in Rice Paddies of the Philippines, 2007 D 18-19, Harison Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam-
    • Phycological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2011 Jl 13-16, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.