Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences

Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences


Head: Director
Janet S. Estacion
Phone: +035 (035) 420 9002


Silliman University Marine Laboratory (SUML) was established as a research facility of the University in 1974, with materials recycled from a torn Science Building in the main campus. Facilities have improved considerably since then, from a one-building unit to four buildings. Today it boasts of a two-storey facility constructed with support from the United States Agency for International Development under its Coastal Resource Management program.

The new building houses four laboratories: marine botany, biochemistry and genetics, invertebrate and vertebrate. It has a modest library, herbarium and zoological museum, conference room, visiting scientists’ and administrative offices. There is also a dive shop, flowing seawater/freshwater systems, stand-by generator, experimental ponds and tanks, culture facilities and mangrove garden. IEMS is also equipped with wireless networks available for scientists and students.

On August 25, 2009, the buildings and grounds of SUML were renamed Dr. Angel C. Alcala Environment and Marine Science Laboratories. It was in recognition of Dr. Alcala who together with Prof. Rodolfo Gonzales and other faculty of the biology department, established the marine laboratory in 1974.


To become a global leader in environmental and marine research and education, producing competent and responsible graduates trained within the Christian framework of stewardship.


  • Provide quality education in marine biology, natural resource management, specifically ICRM and environmental science;
  • Produce graduates with competency in marine science and environmental science, coastal resource management and environmental policy;
  • Undertake basic research in coastal, marine and environmental sciences with emphasis on the shallow coastal ecosystems, such as coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangrove forests, and soft-bottom communities;
  • Provide laboratory facilities for biological courses of the University;
  • Promote local and international exchange of scientists and students in marine and environmental science;
  • Assist public and private agencies in coastal management training, resource and ecological assessment, marine parks, aquaculture, and pollution studies;
  • Link marine science and humanity;
  • Promote environmental stewardship;
  • Conduct resource and ecological assessments as well as environmental impact studies on proposed and on-going industries; and
  • Provide a marine interpretive facility with nature trails and exhibits.

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Estacion ,
Janet S.
Rank: Professor
  • PhD-Zoology
Calumpong ,
Hilconida P.
Rank: Professor
  • PhD-Botany
Reboton ,
Clarissa Encarnita
Rank: Instructor
  • M-Marine Biology