Cremen Lectures on Taxonomy
A Thomasian alumna, Asst. Prof. Maria Chiela M. Cremen delivered a lecture last January 27, 2016 on “Taxonomic Revision of Halimeda in Southwestern Australia” at Rm 320, Main Building, University of Sto. Tomas.
The lecture covered her recent research on Halimeda, a species of green macroalgae and its revision in taxonomy after determining the difference between the two species of Halimeda namely, Halimeda versatilis and Halimeda gigas which are both found in the marine diversity of Australia.The diversity was established through physical characteristics and various DNA sampling and sequencing. The methodologies included the collection of samples in the field to the bringing and extracting of samples in the laboratory.
Asst. Prof.Cremen is currently a researcher in the University of Melbourne. She belongs to the last batch of BS Botany under the Faculty of Pharmacy and a product of UST Graduate School. Although she specializes in researches related to phytoplanktons, she now prefers research associated with macroscopic green algae, as she revealed during her lecture.
After her lecture, she shared her experiences as a researcher. As a piece of advice, she pointed out that students have to take on the particular career they are most interested in, setting herself as an example. She said that she goes to the laboratory and does not feel as if it is work at all mainly because she enjoys her specific line of work. She provided insights emphasizing not only the importance of studies but guiding them as to the career path to follow. As the event ends, she was handed a Certificate of Appreciation by the Department of Biological Sciences.
“[The lecture was] very relevant and updated, especially for the fact that there are different species of Halimeda that were presented that are part of the tropical region of Australia,” shared Asst. Prof. Marilyn Rimando, a faculty of UST- Department of Biological Sciences.
“It’s a debunking of an already well known knowledge of the taxonomic distribution. Even knowledge that has been confirmed for a lot of years, just because it was established before [it] doesn’t mean it’s already final. In science kasi, facts are very short- lived. Most of the time[s], the ideas and information keep changing…” says Romeo Manuel Silva from 2MB when asked about the insights he learned from the lecture.
The lecture was attended by students and professors of the Biology department who got first-hand information from a researcher in the field.