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Edgardo Dizon Gomez, ONS (November 7, 1938 – December 1, 2019)[1] was a Filipino biologist who was conferred the rank of National Scientist of the Philippines in 2014.[2][3] He was a professor emeritus for marine biology at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute.

Edgardo D. Gomez
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Gomez in 2017
Born(1938-11-07)7 November 1938
Died1 December 2019(2019-12-01) (aged 81)
NationalityFilipino
Alma materDe La Salle University
St. Mary's University of Minnesota
University of California, San Diego
OccupationBiologist
AwardsNational Scientist of the Philippines

Education and careerEdit

Gomez obtained his bachelor's degree in education, major in English and Social Science (summa cum laude) from De La Salle University, his master's degree in Biology as a Fulbright Travel Grantee from St. Mary's University of Minnesota and Ph.D. degree in Marine Biology from University of California, San Diego.[4] He was the founding director of the Marine Science Institute at the University of the Philippines Diliman upon his return in 1973 after his doctorate studies.

ContributionsEdit

Gomez saw the need to protect the Philippine archipelago's vast marine resources in particular that of coral reefs. He led the world’s first national-scale assessment of damage to coral reefs leading to international conservation initiatives such as the replanting of corals.[2][5] He also pioneered giant clam (Tridacna gigas) breeding stationed in Bolinao and other protective areas for coastal communities of the Philippines.[2][6]

Additionally, he took part in creating the baseline map of the Philippines, and provided information to the Philippine government during talks over the territorial disputes in the Spratly Islands.[2] In 2007, he pioneered the study on ocean acidification caused by increased levels of absorbed carbon dioxide in the ocean.[5]

Gomez was conferred the rank of National Scientist of the Philippines in 2014 by Benigno Aquino III, the President of the Philippines. This award, which comes with a lifetime pension, has been bestowed upon over thirty leading scientists. The confirmation ceremony took place at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace where Gomez was awarded for his research and conservation efforts in invertebrate biology and ecology on 12 August 2014.[2]

Awards and recognitionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National Scientist Edgardo Gomez, coral reef conservation champion, dies". Rappler. December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Sabillo, Kristine Angeli (August 12, 2014). "Who are the 4 new National Scientists of PH". Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "National Scientist Dr. Edgardo D. Gomez". UP Marine Science Institute. August 14, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Gomez, Edgardo D." National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines. Archived from the original on August 27, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Pazzibugan, Dona (September 14, 2014). "Sea lover with positive attitude sees hope for reefs, marine life". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Plata, Karen. "Great Leaders in Our Midst". Retrieved August 25, 2014.

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