Dr. Wilfredo Licuanan, Full Professor and founding Director of the Alfred Shields Ocean Research Center, received the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)- National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Environmental Science Award for his outstanding, three-decade work on surveying and monitoring coral reefs. The awarding ceremony took place last April 23 in Pasay City, Manila.
The researcher and marine ecologist was honored for “selflessly devoting his work in protecting the environment,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña. He was also commended for his three-decade career on studying coral and marine life.
For earning the Environmental Award, Licuanan was given a Php 100,000 cash prize. In addition, the full professor presented his study on the Tubbataha Reef entitled “Coral benchmarks in the center of biodiversity.” The paper focuses on the urgent need to quantify coral reef benchmarks that can help assess changes and recovery rates for conservation efforts. Licuanan will automatically receive a Php 1-Million grant from NAST, upon submitting a new research proposal on corals and marine biodiversity. DOST and NAST are committed to supporting scientific research geared towards safeguarding the environment.