Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences

Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences


Head: Director
Janet S. Estacion
Phone: +035 522 7482


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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Admission Procedure and Requirement

Undergraduate Programs

  • BS Marine Biology
  • BS Environmental Science

The Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences (IEMS) is open to all SHS graduates regardless of their tracks. To apply for admission at IEMS, read the procedure and requirements at:

For further details, contact the IEMS Secretary at (035) 522 7482 local 104 or email [email protected].

Abesamis ,
Rene A.
Rank: Adjunct Professor
  • Ph.D. Marine Biology (James Cook University, Australia)
  • M.S. Marine Biology (James Cook University, Australia)
  • B.S. Biology (University of the Philippines, Diliman)
Alcala ,
Angel C.
Rank: Professor
  • Ph.D. Biological Science (Stanford University, USA)
  • M.S. Biological Science (Stanford University, USA)
  • B.S. Biology (Silliman University)
Cadiz ,
Pablina L.
Rank: Instructor
  • PhD Marine and Coastal Resource Management (Prince of Songkla University, Thailand)
  • M.S. Biology (Silliman University)
  • B.S. General Science and Biology (Silliman University)
Calumpong ,
Hilconida P.
Rank: Professor
  • PhD Botany (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • MS Bilogy (Silliman University)
  • BS Medical Technology (Silliman University)
Carpenter ,
Kent E.
Rank: Adjunct Professor
  • Ph.D. Zoology (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii, USA)
  • B.S. Biology (Florida Institute of Technology, Florida, USA)
Emmanuel ,
Rank: Adjunct Professor
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (University of Michigan, USA)
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • B.S. Chemistry (North Carolina State University, USA)
Estacion ,
Janet S.
Rank: Professor
  • PhD-Zoology (James Cook University, Australia)
  • MS Marine Biology (University of the Philippines, Diliman)
  • BS Biology (Silliman University)
Klaus ,
Stiefel M.
Rank: Adjunct Professor
  • Ph.D. Zoology (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • B.S. Microbiology (University of Vienna, Austria)
Malayang ,
Ben S.
Rank: Adjunct Professor
  • Ph.D. Wildland Resource Science (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • M.A. Philosophy (Ohio University, USA)
  • M.A. International Affairs (Ohio University, USA)
  • B.A. Philosophy (University of the Philippines, Diliman)
Reboton ,
Clarissa T.
Rank: Instructor
  • M.S. Biology (Silliman University)
  • B.S. Biology (Silliman University)
Rice ,
Michael A.
Rank: Adjunct Professor
Sikkel ,
Rank: Adjunct Professor