DR. DEO FLORENCE L. ONDA
Associate Professor and the current Deputy Director for Research
UP Marine Science Institute

He is an Associate Professor and the current Deputy Director for Research of the UP Marine Science Institute. He obtained his Interuniversity PhD in Oceanography in Université Laval in Quebec, Canada and a post-doctoral work in Alfred Wegener Institute – Hemholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research. He returned to the Philippines in 2018 as a Balik PhD Fellow of the UP System and a Balik Scientist Fellow of the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology. His work is mainly focused on understanding biological responses to changes in the environment, for which he received several international awards and fellowships. He is actively participating and leading expeditions in the Arctic region, Pacific Ocean, West Philippines Sea, and hadal depths of the Philippine Trench. He was the first Filipino to descend into the Emdem Deep in the Philippine Trench on March 23, 2021, on board the DSV Limiting Factor and in the company of Caladan Oceanic founder, Victor Vescovo. He is also running several research projects as the Program or Project Leader focusing on harmful algal blooms, microbial biodiversity, conservation, and emerging threats such as climate and plastics pollution. He was recognized as one of the 40 Gen. T “leader of tomorrow” honorees from the Philippines in 2021, given by Tatler Asia.