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Rachel June Ravago-Gotanco

Biologist, Outstanding Young Scientist (2010)

Expertise: Plant and Animal Science, Ecology, Research on Rabbitfish

Dr. Rachel June Ravago- Gotanco (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology) is recognized for her pioneering works on DNA marker development and its application towards studies on the management, ecology and evolution of marine organisms. She was credited for her numerous scientific publications on the application of molecular genetics approaches to ecology, population genetics, biogeography and evolution of marine species. She previously worked as a University Research Associate in UPD until 2006 working on research projects on the development of DNA-level markers for analysis of genetic variation and population genetic structure of several marine taxa. At present, she is completing her doctorate studies in Marine Science from UPD, supported by the Global Environment Fund-Coral Reef Targeted Research Program (GEF-CRTR).

Affiliation

Scientist, University of the Philippines, Marine Science Institute, Diliman, Quezon City

Association

    • Philippine Association of Marine Scientists, Member
    • Phi Sigma Biological Honor Societv.Llniverslty of the Philippines Chapter, Member

Employment

    • University of the Philippnes, Diliman, Quezon City, University Research Associate, 1999-2005
    • World Wildlife Fund, Assess. of Population genetic variability of Portunus pelagicus in the Visayan , Technical Consultant, 2002-2003

Award

    • Ph.D. Scholarship. GEF-Coral Reef Targeted Research and Capability Building Program, Center of Excellence for Southeast Asia, 2005
    • Research Grant. Project No A/4012-1. Title: Genetic diversity and distribution of Panulirus longipe, International Foundation for Science (IFS)., 2006
    • Research Grant: Project No. 040408 PNSE. Title: Species identification and distribution of cryptic m, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, University of the Philippines, Diliman., 2004
    • Gawad Chancellor, Outstanding Research, Extension, and Professional Staff (REPS): Research Category, University of the Philippines, Diliman., 2004
    • Scholarship and Travel Grant, for training: Workshop on Molecular Evolution, Woods Hole, Massachuset, Society for Systematic Biologists, 2003
    • Development Cooperation Prize 2002, Directorate General for Development Cooperation, Belgium/ Awarded in recognition of scientific work , 2002
    • Dean's Medal: Outstanding Graduate Student (M.S.), College of Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2002 Ap
    • International Publication Awards, UP Marine Science Institute, UP Diliman, 2002, 2003, 2004
    • Thesis Grant (for MS Thesis), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and UP Marine Science Institute, 2001
    • Outstanding Research Paper Award (Unpublished Category)., 12th National Research Symposium, Bureau of Agricultural Research, 2000
    • Outstanding Student Paper Award. 3rd Asia Pacific Marine Biotechnology Conference. 28 November to 1, Asia Pacific Marine Biotechnology Society, 1999
    • Outstanding Young Scientist, NAST, 2010

Research

    • Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers\for the rabbitfish, Siganus fuscescens [Completed]
    • Multiplex PCR and RFlP approaches for identification of Siganus species. (manuscript in prep [Completed]
    • Phylogeography and demographic history of Siganus fuscescens populations in the Philippine archipelago; (manuscript in prep) [Completed]
    • Genetic connectivity of Siganus fuscescens populations along the Western Luzon Coast [Completed]

Papers Presented

    • Genetic relationship of the color morphs of the coral reef starfish Linckia laevigata in the Kalayaan Islands Group (KIG), Western Philippines, 9th International Coral Reef Symposium, Bali, Indonesia
    • Development and application of molecular genetic markers for population structure analysis of the coral reef starfish Linckia laevigata (Linn)., 5th National Symposium in Marine Science, Manila, Philippines

Education

    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, PhD. in Marine Science
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, MS in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 2001
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, BS. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (cum laude), 1995

Publication

    • Ravago - Gotanco, R.G., Manglicmot, M.T., Pante, M.J.R., (2010) Multiplex PCR and RFLP approaches for identification of rabbitfish (Siganus) species using mitochondrial gene regions
    • Molecular Ecology Resources - MOL ECOL RESOUR/MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS AND DNA TAXONOMY Volume 10, No. 4
    • Ravago-Gotanco, R.G., Magsino, R.M., Juinio- Meñez, M.A., () Influence of the North Equatorial Current on the Population genetic structure of Tridacna croceo (Molluscs: Tridacnidae) along the eastern Philippine coast
    • Marine Ecology Progress Series Volume 336
    • Ravago-Gotanco, R.G., Juinio-Meñez, M.A., (2004) Population genetic structure of the milkfish, Chanos chanos, based on PCR-RFLP analysis of the mitochondrial control region
    • Marine Biology Volume 145
    • Juinio-Menez, M.A., Ravago-Gotanco, R.G., (2004) Status of spiny lobster resources in the Philippines
    • In: Spiny lobster ecology and exploitation in the South China Sea region. Williams, K.C. (editor). ACIAR Proceedings No. 120: 3-6. ACIAR, Canberra
    • Juinio-Menez, M.A., Magsino, R.M., Ravago-Gotanco, R., Yu, E.T., (2003) Genetic structure of Linckia laevigata and Tridacna croceo populations in the Palawan shelf and shoal reefs
    • Marine Biology Volume 142
    • Ravago-Gotanco, R., Juinio-Menez, M.A.R., (2003) Phylogenetic position of the striped-legged forms of Panulirus longipes (A. Milne-Edwards,1868) (Decapoda, Palinuridae) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences
    • Crustaceans Volume 75
    • Ravago, R.G., Monje, V.D., Juinio-Meñez, M.A., (2002) Length and sequence variability it the mitochondrial control region of the milkfish, Chanos chanos
    • Marine Biotechnology Volume 4, No. 1
    • Magsino, R.M., Ravago, R.G., Juinio-Menez, M.A., (2000) Genetic relationship of Linckia laevigata color morphs in the Kalayaan Islands Group, Western Philippines: preliminary evidence
    • Proceedings of the 9th International Coral Reef Symposium Volume 1
    • Magsino, R.M., Juinio-Menez, M.A., Ravago, R.G., (2000) Development and application of genetic markers for population structure analysis of the blue coral reef starfish, Linckia laevigata (Echinodermata:Asteroidea)
    • Science Diliman Volume 12
    • Yu, E.T., Ravago, M.A., Monje, V.D., (1999) Development of RAPDmarkers for the prawn, Penaeus monodon
    • Proceedigs of the Symposium on Marine Biodiversity in the Visayas and Mindanao, UPV, Iloilo City
    • Ravago, R.G., David, L.S., Juinio-Menez, M.A., Monje, V.D., (1999) Allozyme electrophoresis and PCR-RFLP analysis of mtDNA of the milkfish Chanos chanos
    • In: Proceedings of the 13th Philippine Chemistry Congress, 29-31 May 1997, Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan
    • Ravago-Gotanco, R.G., Magsino, R.M., Juinio-Meñez, M.A., (2007) Influence of the North Equatorial Current on the population genetic structure of Tridacna crocea (Mollusca: Tridacnidae) along the eastern Philippine seaboard
    • Marine Ecology Progress Series Volume 336
    • Ravago-Gotanco, R.G, Lumibao C.Y., Pante M.J.R., (2010) Isolation and characterization of thirteen microsatellite markers for the rabbitfish, Siganus fuscescens
    • Conservation Genetics Resources Volume 2

Trainings

    • Workshop entitled Inferring Population Connectivity: Tools and Approaches, 2009 Ap, Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines
    • 11th International Coral Reef Symposium., 2008 Je, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
    • Symposium on Marine Biodiversity in the Visayas and Mindanao, 1999, UPV, Iloilo City
    • 13th Philippine Chemistry Congress, 1997 My 29-31, Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan
    • 5th National Symposium in Marine Science, 1999 O, Manila, Philippines
    • GEF Future Leaders Forum, 2007 D, Brisbane, Australia
    • 8th National Symposium in Marine SCience, 2005 O 20-22, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
    • 9th National Symposium in Marine SCience, 2007 O 23-25, Iloilo, Philippines
    • 7th National Symposium in Marine SCienc, 2003 O 22-25, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
    • 9th International Coral Reef Symposium, 2000 O 23-27, Bali, Indonesia
    • 4th International Conference on the Marine Biology of the South China Sea, 1999 O 20-22, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon Cuty