Marine Science Institute

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The Marine Science Institute
UP Diliman Marine Science Institute Logo.jpg
EstablishedMarch 28, 1974 (as Marine Sciences Center)
April 23, 1985 (as Marine Science Institute)
DirectorDr. Fernando Siringan

The Marine Science Institute (MSI) is one of seven academic institutes of the University of the Philippines' College of Science. It is housed in its own building complex within the UP Diliman Campus in Quezon City. The Marine Science Institute offers MSc and PhD degrees in Marine Science. Students taking either degree are asked to choose to specialize in a specific field, either Marine Biology, Marine Physical Science or Marine Biotechnology. MSI is the leading center for marine and coastal research in the Philippines.


The University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute was originally established as the Marine Sciences Center with the approval of its charter by the Board of Regents on 28 March 1974.

The Marine Science Center served as the university's coordinating base for marine research. In June of the same year, its first advisory executive council was formed with the appointment of Dr. Edgardo D. Gomez as acting director. The center commenced its operations in February 1975 at the building of the U.P. Natural Sciences Research Institute. With its transformation into an institute on 23 April 1985, it began offering graduate programs.

It is now tasked to pursue research, teaching, and extension work in marine biology, marine chemistry, physical oceanography, marine geology, and related disciplines. Various graduate courses are offered by the institute. In addition to its plethora of graduate courses, the institute also offers several introductory courses for interested undergraduates.

Research interests[edit]

The institute engages in various avenues of research within the marine sciences from oceanography, marine biology and marine biotechnology.

The largest phycological herbarium in the country – the G.T. Velasquez Herbarium was founded here by Professor Gavino Trono.[1] It has over 55, 000 dried specimens from 70 countries. 96% of these are seaweed.[2]


The Marine Science Institute has three National Scientists in its history: Lourdes Cruz, Edgardo Gomez and Gavino Trono.


  1. ^ Sabillo, Kristine Angelli (August 12, 2014). "Who are the 4 new National Scientists of PH?". Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  2. ^ New Herborium,, retrieved 29 August 2014

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