UP TALKS | From Experimental Marine Biology to Complex Systems
FROM EXPERIMENTAL MARINE BIOLOGY TO COMPLEX SYSTEMS
Dr. Helen Yap
Dr. Helen T. Yap, Professor of Marine Science, graduated from the University of the Philippines – Diliman (BSc Marine Biology, magna cum laude), and obtained her doctorate from the Wilhelm-Pieck University in Rostock, the German Democratic Republic.
Among awards she has received are the Third World Academy of Science-National Academy of Science and Technology Science Prize; Outstanding Young Scientist; Outstanding Professional Awardee of the UP Alumni Association; Chancellor’s Award for Most Outstanding Researcher; and The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS). She was also a finalist for the 7th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award (presented by Likhaan, University of the Philippines Institute of Creative Writing).
She served as Vice-Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility; Vice-Chair of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), Scientific Steering Committee; and two-time Chair of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine environmental Protection (GESAMP), an advisory body to the United Nations system.
After a career built on doing ecological experiments mostly underwater, she has developed an interest in complex systems, applying this to a “ONE-ECOSYSTEM” perspective encompassing terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats and the quality of life of rural human populations.