“Environmental Protection and Conservation amidst Technology and Scientific Innovation”—the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) held its 4th Research Forum in collaboration with the Research Utilization, Publication and Information Dissemination (RUPID) on Wednesday, March 19 at the CSM Conference Room.
Participated by researchers, students and faculty members of CSM, a total of 13 research papers were presented before the RUPID Director, Dr. Julieta B. Tendero; the OIC-Vice President for Research, Development and Extension, Dr. Roberto B. Torres; CSM Research Coordinator, Prof. Rosalle Perez and the students of CSM.
The papers presented are to wit: “Molluscicidal Potential of Solanum mammosum Fruit Extract against Pomacea canaliculata” by Karen Leigh Maghanoy (BS Biology)—a study that aims to control golden apple snail infestation in rice paddies; “The Feasibility of Alpinia puerpurata as an Acid-base indicator” by Cesar Ian Caermare (BS Chemistry) that tested the effectiveness of red ginger as an acid-base indicator; “L-distance edge – Coloring of Trees” by Vanessa Jay Dablo (BS Math)—a new method of computing trees in maps using a 3-phase algorithm; “Cocos nucifera L. Haustorium as feed supplement for Gallus domesticus” by Minette Emmanuel (BS Biology)—a research that proved how effective coconut haustorium is for broilers as observed in the boost of the chickens’ weight; “Sum of Cubes is Square of Sum”—by Daryll Calumpong (BS Math) who investigated other sets of integers that hold a unique property, where the sum of their cubes is equal to the square of the sum; “Morphological Differentiation of Marine Sponges on the Intertidal Reef Flat of Pahut, Bongao and Tawi-tawi” by Nuron-Nihar Ebbah (BS Biology) who classified the marine sponges found in the study site and determined which species is the most abundant; “The Use of Aquatic Insects as Bioindicator of Water Quality on Muruk and Bituti River, Zamboanga City” by Vanessa Joy Dael (BS Biology)—a paper that determined the distribution and abundance of aquatic insects on selected rivers of Zamboanga City.
Four investigative papers by CSM Researchers of the Department of Biology and Natural Sciences were also presented during the forum. Funded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the papers covered certain marine species found in coastal areas along Sulu and Bohol Seas. Anna Rose T. Espartero discussed the “Species Composition of Marine Macrobenthic Algae” which highlighted the significant role of microalgae in the ecology of coastal zones. Joselito Vega’s paper entitled “Community Structure Analysis of Intertidal Macroalgae Assemblages” cited the reasons for the decline of marine macroalgae. Mark Lacuesta’s research—“Monitoring the Functional Group of Herbivorous Reef Fishes as Indicators of Algal Phase Shifts” assessed the status of the sea grasses present along the coasts of Sulu and Bohol Seas. To supplement the studies on the marine species, Anni Gonzales presented her paper on the “Community Structure and Macrofaunal Specias Associated with Seagrasses” which identified the coral-microalgal phase shift reefs in Zamboanga Peninsula and its present possible factors.
A faculty presenter from the Department of Math and Statistics presented his scholarly paper on the “Enhanced Ridge Estimator in the Existence of Multicollinearity.”
Dr. Roldan Echem, CSM Research Coordinator was among the presenters during the Research Forum. His presentation entitled the “Use of Fish Geometric Morphometric Markers for Characterizing Shape Variations of Selected Fishes: Family Lelognathidae in the Marine waters of Zamboanga City Bay, Western Mindanao, Philippines” was the same paper he presented during the 6th Taiwan-Philippines International Academic Communication Conference where he won 2nd best paper and best presenter in the podium category. This paper determined the extent and degree of morphological diversity among four species of fishes that are brought about by the differences in habitats and feeding habits of the fishes.
The forum organized by CSM is an advocacy of RUPID that is aimed at disseminating research information from published and unpublished researches conducted by WMSU faculty, researchers and students. (AJ Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)