Ephrime B. Metillo
Field of award: Zoology
Year awarded: 2007
Division: Biological Sciences
In recognition of his significant contribution to the largely unexplored feeding biology and ecology of the micronekton, an important group of aquatic organisms that form a pivotal link between zooplankton production and fisheries. His diverse but integrated studies have generated breakthrough knowledge on the ultrastructure of mouthparts and stomach, predatory feeding mechanisms, optimal gustatory chemoreception, digestive enzymes eco-physiology, and in situ feeding rate and diet selectivity in micronektonic shrimps. He also pioneered in the culturing of a calanoid copepod species that was fed to the micronektonic larval stages of a commercially important fish species. Dr. Metillo’s contributions offer valuable insights towards a deeper but practical understanding of the feeding biology and ecology of the micronekton with direct impact on aquaculture, fisheries, and science-based integrated resource conservation and management.
Current Position: Professor
Office Address: Department of Biological Sciences, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City, Philippines 9200
Education: PhD (Zoology), University of Tasmania, Australia 1995; Graduate Diploma of Science (Zoology), University of Tasmania 1992; BS (Zoology) Mindanao State University, Marawi City 1988