For his pioneering works and invaluable contributions to marine biology, National Scientist (NS) and Marine Science Institute founding director Edgardo Dizon Gomez was conferred the honorary degree Doctor of Science during the 176th commencement exercises of De La Salle University, held at the Philippine International Convention Center last June 18.
“…as a marine biologist, my focus has been on our oceans and coasts, specifically the coral reefs and important invertebrates. Indeed, the focus on their conservation and my relative successes contributed largely to my being honored today with a Degree of Science, a distinction that precious few individuals obtain. Indeed, this is an unexpected honor, but an honor that vindicates my pursuing a career in marine biology and conservation…” NS Gomez mentioned in his commencement speech.
Invertebrate biology and ecology, true giant clam (Tridacna gigas) culture and restoration, and coral reef assessment and conservation are among the noteworthy contributions of NS Gomez that resulted in applications of public, industrial, and scientific significance.
He also led the world’s first national-scale assessment of coral reefs leading to international conservation initiatives such as coral reef rehabilitation. In 1993, he was elected to the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST PHL), Philippines as Academician and was conferred the Order of National Scientist in 2014.
(This article first appeared on the NAST PHL website.)
Read the speech of National Scientist Gomez at the conferment of the honorary degree.