Marine Invertebrate Ecology Laboratory

Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman

The Marine Invertebrate Ecology Laboratory focuses on understanding the basic biology and ecology of high value marine invertebrates to develop a model invertebrate management system which supports sustainable aquaculture, increases invertebrate natural stocks and provides high-value products to fishers. This is to augment capture production and rebuild natural stocks of exploited marine invertebrates. Our research is geared towards expanding options for sustainable and competitive mariculture industry which provides equitable economic benefits to various stakeholders (e.g. fishers, growers, processors, traders, etc.) while maintaining the productivity and biodiversity of commercially important invertebrate fishery resources in the country.


Identifying ecologically meaningful management units for high value sea cucumber species, Holothuria scabra and Stichopus horrens

(Funding agency: DOST - Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development)

Uncontrolled and non-selective harvesting of sea cucumbers has lead to the depletion of high value species such as Holothuria scabra and Stichopus horrens. Hatchery culture can facilitate recovery of natural populations, but guidelines must be established to mitigate risks. The project aims to infer ecologically-meaningful management units based on integrated information on species biology, ecology, population genetic connectivity, and biophysical modelling. Manipulative experiments examining the species biology were carried out in Bolinao Marine Laboratory, while tissue sample collection, habitat surveys, and fishery-dependent surveys are being conducted across specific sites in the different biogeographic regions of the country.

Expansion and diversification of production and management systems for sea cucumbers in the Philippines, Vietnam and northern Australia

(Funding agency: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research)

Factors affecting growth and and survival of Holothuria scabra juveniles is ocean-based nursery system

(Funding agency: University of the Philippines Diliman)

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Velasquez Street

University of the Philippines

Diliman, Quezon City 1101


Director’s Office:

(632) 922-3962

(632) 981-8500 local 2902