Get ready to meet the Keynote Speaker and Plenary Speakers of the 16th International Kuroshio Science Symposium to be held at Villa Caceres Hotel, Naga City on December 16-17, 2023!


The 16th IKSS Keynote Speaker, the remarkable Commissioner Aldrin A. Darilag, is all set to take us on an exhilarating journey exploring the Internationalization of Philippine HEIs and Expanding the Kuroshio Science Network in the Philippines with the help of the CHED. Dr. Darilag is a highly distinguished scholar and leader, who has been spearheading the advancement of various disciplines in higher education. With his extensive experience and expertise, he has been instrumental in revolutionizing teacher education and quality, gender and development, and extension programs for state universities and colleges.


Dr. Ito is the Deputy Chief of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) and has devoted his life to studying aquatic species. His research ranges from practical studies on stock management of small-scale fisheries in Laos to resource management along the Pacific coast of eastern Hokkaido, Japan. He is an expert in conservation biology and behavioral ecology, and his scientific works have contributed significantly to the field.


Dr. Danilo M. Gerona, a renowned historian with over 30 published books under his belt, will be our next plenary speaker.

Dr. Gerona's speech will focus on the fascinating Role of Kuroshio Current in the History and Culture of the Philippines and other countries.

With his extensive research on archives in Spain, Portugal, and Italy, Dr. Gerona is an expert on the Magellan expedition and has delivered captivating lectures all around the world, including Spain, Portugal, Taiwan, and Sweden.


Our third plenary speaker is none other than the distinguished Dr. Wilfredo Campos.

Dr. Campos is going to take us on an exhilarating journey as he talks about Approaches to Coral Reef Restoration: Resiliency and Sustainability of Ecosystems.

Dr. Campos is an expert in biological oceanography, coral reef ecology and fisheries, and marine protected areas. He has many professional engagements and scientific awards, including being a UP Scientist 3. His recent projects include coral reef conservation and sardine fisheries off the Zamboanga peninsula.


Our fourth plenary speaker is none other than the renowned Dr. Rafe M. Brown, who will be taking the stage to talk about the incredible Kuroshio Current. This powerful force in the ocean is responsible for the northward dispersal of terrestrial vertebrates - and Dr. Brown is the perfect person to tell us all about it.

As a distinguished scientist and Professor at Kansas University, USA, Dr. Brown specializes in evolutionary patterns, biogeography, phylogenetic systematics, and conservation genetics of terrestrial vertebrates in island archipelagos. He is a leading expert in Southeast Asian amphibians and reptiles' diversity and conservation, and we can't wait to hear what he has to say.


Dr. Dan Nover is a water resources engineer with over 20 years of experience in water quality management, environmental pollution control, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and international development. With his extensive expertise, he has been instrumental in building resilient water and sanitation systems in low-resource environments and planning flood and drought risk management schemes.


Dr. Babaran is an expert in fisheries science, particularly in Philippine tuna fisheries and the impact of fish aggregating devices. His research delves into fish behavior and the effects of these devices. He collaborates with Filipino scientists to study otoliths and has led projects with state universities in Panay Island, all funded by the Commission on Higher Education. Currently, he leads a research team at UP Visayas exploring practical applications of otolith research for fisheries management.

Dr. Acabado is a true visionary in the field of environmental archaeology. He blends cutting-edge archaeological techniques with ethnographic insights and environmental science to unravel the mysteries of how the Ifugao people have adapted to and transformed their environment. Through his groundbreaking research, Dr. Acabado has discovered how indigenous knowledge systems and sustainable agricultural practices have played a critical role in managing landscapes and preserving biodiversity. His work is a shining example of how traditional wisdom can help us maintain ecological balance in the modern world.

As a professor of anthropology at the prestigious University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Acabado is renowned for his integrative approach that combines diverse fields of study. 


Dr. Shashank Keshavmurthy is an expert in coral-Symbiodinium eco-physiology, reproduction, and stress physiology. He has dedicated his life to understanding the diversity and distribution of Symbiodinium in corals from various regions. With a B.Sc, M.Sc, and a Ph.D. in Science, he has worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at several universities.


Dr. Kubota is a professor at Kochi University specializing in aquaculture, food science, and marine resource science. In the Kuroshio Science Program, he was appointed as Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee in April 2016 and Head in April 2020, and is actively developing "Kuroshio Science," a symbolic research field for the realization of Interdisciplinary Research and Education, through higher education and collaborative research in East, South-East and South Asia, especially in the Philippines and Taiwan.

Brace yourselves for a thrilling session and talks that will be given by experts! See you at 16th IKSS!

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