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GARDENER OF THE SEA: A Story about Nida Calumpong


Story by Didith T. Rodrigo

Illustrations by Corrine Golez

Hilconida P. Calumpong is professor of biology at the Department of Biology and Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences, Silliman University, Dumaguete City. It was from Silliman that she received her BS in Medical Technology and MS in Biology. She obtained her PhD in Botany from the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Calumpong has over 30 years of research and publication experience on algae, seagrass, mangroves, giant clams, and sea hares. Her work has received national acclaim. The Manila Critics Circle bestowed the National Book Award (Sciences) on her co-authored book, “Field Guide to the Common Mangroves, Seagrasses, and Algae of the Philippines” in 1997. The Commission on Higher Education named her work the Best Higher Education Research Program in both 2006 and 2009. A globally-recognized specialist in marine botany and coastal resource management, Dr. Calumpong is a member of the United Nations Group of Experts of the Regular Process for the First Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of Marine Environment, including socioeconomic aspects. Dr. Calumpong has been a scuba diver for more than half her life, as diving is a necessary skill in her field. “Every time I dive,” she says, “I always see something new.” She believes that “working in the sciences does strengthen your faith; that there is a God and it is up to you to discover His ways.”

Copyright © 2017

ISBN: 978-971-569-914-3

8 x 10 inches | 20 pages | full-color | C2S paper 

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