To lead the country to greater heights through scientific research. This is the vision of Dr. Carmelita A. Belda-Baillie, a young biologist at the Marine Science Institute at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
Dr. Belda-Baillie is the 1996 Outstanding Young Scientist in the Field of Zoology awardee. This is a search sponsored by the National academy of Science and Technology. This award is one of the citations given her since she was a student at the U.P.
Dr. Belda-Baillie started her good track record when she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from U.P. in 1985. In 1990 she garnered a Dean’s Gold Medal for Outstanding Mater’s Student in Marine Science from the same university
It was during her post graduate course when she first gave a notable contribution in the field of mariculture. She conducted a study which focused on the larval bioloby, growth, and nutrition of marine bivalves such as scallops and giant clams. It was aimed to enhance the production of marine food organisms. The success of the study was manifested when it was published in international journals and proceedings.
Later on, she completed her doctorate studies in Zoology as a fellow in Australia. Here she won the Best Paper Award in a departmental graduate student conference in 1992. Her thesis results were also published in international primary journals. – Bato Balani
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