Focuses on activities and research looking at how to manage the occurrence and impacts of HABs at different scales 


Focuses on tools, methods and concepts to enhance detection and monitoring of HABs


Recent programs and initiatives on HABs in the Philippines


Presenters from EASTHAB focusing on new observations of HAB species in the region


Focuses on different aspects of HABs from the physics, chemistry, geology and biology, as well as integrated research


Presenters from EASTHAB focusing on current efforts towards monitoring and general HAB research


December 10, 2019: Registration from 2 - 5pm
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Updated as of December 9, 2019
Day 4: December 14, 2019
Field Trip (optional and own expense)


Keynote Speakers


Professor Yasuwo Fukuyo’s interest in dinoflagellates was sparked by PSP events in Ofunato Bay in the 1960s and 1970s, which had been tentatively attributed to a ‘Gonyaulax’ species. All the important HAB discoveries of the late 1970's in Japan required teamwork by chemists, taxonomists, toxicologists and Yasuwo was the taxonomist who guaranteed correct morphotaxonomy of the causative organisms, including the first identification of Dinophysis fortii as the causative agent of DSP, and description of the new species Gambierdiscus toxicus as the causative agent of ciguatera. Other HAB species such as Ostreopsis ovataO. lenticularis, Alexandrium affine, A. hiranoi; A. satoanum, Prorocentrum concavum, P. emarginatum, P. vietnamensis were all first described by him.

Yasuwo has been a key figure in the organization of many training courses, conferences, and workshops, at the IOC-WESTPAC Scientific Symposia on Marine Science, the International Conferences on Molluscan Shellfish Safety, and International Conferences on Harmful Microalgae. He served an advisor to the Japanese Delegation to the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the development of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast water and Sediments, and the International Measures for Minimizing the Transfer of Aquatic Invasive Aquatic Species through Biofouling of Ships. He played a leading role in the establishment of IOC-HAB Programme from its early beginnings and supported its activities as Japan’s delegate to the Intergovernmental Panel meetings on Harmful Algal Blooms (IPHAB), the IOC Executive Committee, and IOC General Assembly. He also served on the Science Steering Committee of the IOC SCOR Programme Development for Harmful Algal Blooms and the Global Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (GEOHAB). At a regional level, in 1992 he took over the leadership from Professor Okaichi on the HAB project of IOC/WESTPAC and served as the coordinator for nearly 20 years. He is also one of the focal points of Japan on the HAB Working Group of North Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP))/UNEP and endeavoured to create a HAB network within PICES (North Pacific Marine Science Organization) and a HAB Project of IOC/WESTPAC.

There is no one in the harmful algal bloom research community who has not benefited greatly from his legendary generosity, beautifully presented images of algae and his pedagogy and public service sustained over three decades.

Emeritus Professor

University of Tokyo

Yasuwo Fukuyo

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Prof. Douding Lu is a Senior Scientist in the Lab of Marine Ecosystem and Biogeochemistry at the Second Institute of Oceanography (SIO) of the Ministry of Nature Resources located in Hangzhou, China. He is Co-chairman of the Section on Ecology of Harmful Algal Blooms in The North Pacific (PICES), an executive member of Chinese Society of Phycology, and founding member of EASTHAB.

Douding graduated from China Ocean University in 1979. He worked as visiting scientist at Florida Institute of Technology,USA with Prof. Dean R. Norris in 1985 and at Trondheim Biological Station, Norwegian University of Science and Technology under Prof. Egil Sakshaug in 1995-1996. Douding’ research interests mainly focus on taxonomy and bloom dynamics of marine harmful algae particularly toxic dinoflagellates. He has authored over 100 scientific papers including 28 SCI publications. 

Douding has been involved in a number of national projects such as national basic research program, high tech projects, Chinese Ecology and Oceanography on harmful Algal Blooms (CEOHAB), national science foundation of China as well as regional cooperative initiatives such as EASTHAB and GEOHAB Asia. He was a Chinese partner of bilateral cooperative project with Dr. Goebel in the State Agency of Nature and Environment, Schleswig- Holstein and Dr. Horstmann at Institute of Marine Science in Kiel, Germany. He has participated a number of international scientific symposiums as invited speakers including PICES 2007 Annual Meeting held in Vectoria, Canada. Together with Dr.Vera Trainer (USA), he served as a convener for a workshop on “Contrasting conditions for success of fish-killing flagellate species in the western and eastern Pacific –A comparative ecosystem approach” during the 2015 Annual Meeting. He was one of the conveners of several EASTHAB Meetings (Qingdao 2005, Hangzhou 2008, Guangzhou 2015) held in China

Professor/ Senior Scientist

Second Institute of Oceanography

Douding Lu

Plenary Speakers


Dr. Rhodora V. Azanza,  is a Professor Emeritus of the Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman and President/Academician, National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST-PHL).  She has extended her expertise to the University in various positions including being the first woman dean of the College of Science – Diliman; government agencies and international organizations. Concurrently she was vice-chairman of UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IPHAB) and leader of IOC’s Harmful Algal Blooms in Southeast Asia (HABSEA) Portal and e-learning for 7 years. The ASEAN Red Tide Network, was coordinated by Dr. Azanza for more than 10 years.

Dr. Azanza has more than 80 publications in international books and journals on the biology and culture of economically important seaweeds and in the biology and management of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Most recently, Prof. Azanza is actively involved in valuing and promoting sustainable Blue Economy that highlight the importance of the Philippine marine and coastal domains. Dr. Azanza received numerous scientific awards which include the 2013 UPAA lifetime Distinguished Achievement Awards from the University of the Philippines Alumni Association. Recently she has been named as the 2015 Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources and Research (DOST-PCAARRD) Pantas Awardee for Most Outstanding Researcher/Scientist.

Early this year she was elected as one of the lifetime members of the International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA), a distinction of being the only Filipino and one of the five Asians in its list of 25 HAB Trailblazers.

Professor Emeritus

Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman

Rhodora V. Azanza


Dr. Iwataki is an Associate Professor at the Asian Natural Environmental Science Center of the University of Tokyo.  His specialty lies in the taxonomy and phylogeny of microalgae. He is the Project Leader of the IOC/WESTPAC-HAB and serves as Associate Editor for Sorui and Phycological Research as well as the Editorial Board of the Harmful Algae journal. Dr. Iwataki is a member of the IP-HAB task team on algal taxonomy.

Associate Professor

University of Tokyo

Mitsunori Iwataki

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Dr. San Diego-McGlone is a Professor and former Director of the UP Marine Science Institute.  Her research interests include nutrient biogeochemistry of coastal systems, estuarine chemistry, sediment-water interaction, and marine pollution.  Her current research involvement includes coastal ecosystem response to anthropogenic stressors, ocean acidification, blue carbon, and harmful algal bloom mitigation.  She has been interested in issues such as fish kills and the environmental consequences of mariculture and aquaculture activities.  From her research works she has published 70 papers in international and local journals.  Dr. San Diego-McGlone has also been involved in various environmental impact assessments, resource and ecological assessments, and was a resource person and regional mentor for an international initiative to examine land-ocean interaction in the coastal zone.  She has a PhD in Chemical Oceanography from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Her lab website is at:


Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman

Ma. Lourdes San Diego-McGlone

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Professor Imai is a Professor Emeritus at the Hokkaido University ans was formerly a Professor in the Plankton Laboratory, Division of Marine Bioresource and Environmental Science. His research interests  lie in the fields of Planktology, Biology, Ecology and Life Cycle of harmful algae, Mitigation strategies of HABs. He has been awarded awarded by the Japanese Society of Fisheries Science, the Japanese Society of Scientific Fisheries and during the 3rd Asian Marine Biology symposium for his many scientific contributions.  

Professor Emeritus

Hokkaido University

Ichiro Imai

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Prof. Songhui Lu is a Chinese phycologist, working particularly with the classification and ecology of algae, focusing on dinoflagellates. He works at the Institute of Marine Biology and Harmful Algae at the Jinan University. He has published over 200 scientific papers.

Dr. Lu has his doctorate in ecology, the University of Hong Kong, and has worked in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as an visiting scholarship. His major areas of research include the taxonomy of harmful algae, toxic dinoflagellates, and ecology of the planktonic and benthic algae.


Jinan University

Songhui Lu


Dr. Aletta T. Yñiguez is an Assistant Professor at the Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines in Diliman where she heads the lab Biological Oceanography and Modeling of Ecosystems or BiOME. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami in Florida with the support of Fulbright and Maytag Scholarships. She uses an arsenal of field, laboratory and computer modelling approaches to investigate the potential effects of environmental conditions including anthropogenic activities and climate change on the base of the marine food web and how these can impact Philippine fisheries including the occurrence of harmful algal blooms or red tide.  She is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the IOC/WESTPAC HAB and the EASTHAB. Her research efforts have been locally and internationally recognized. She was the recipient of the 2012 L’Oreal -UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship, and was awarded as an Outstanding Young Scientist by the Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology in 2017. In 2018 as well, she was one of the 8 Filipinos who were part of the Asian Scientist 100 list. The Senate of the Philippines honored her and the other 7 scientists by adopting Senate Resolution No. 141 on May 2019. Beyond research, Dr. Yñiguez advocates education and critical thinking through experiential learning. She has been the Camp Director of the DOST SEI-UPMSI Marine Science and Climate Change Summer Camp for public high school students for eleven years. Just recently, she became one of the four teachers honored by the Bato-Balani Foundation and Diwa Learning Systems in The Many Faces of the Teacher award.

Assistant Professor

Marine Science Institute

University of the Philippines Diliman

Aletta Yñiguez

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Dr. Mari-Ann M. Acedera is the Director of the Marine Resources Research Division (MRRD) of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). As the Director of MRRD, she has provided dedicated leadership in directing the identification, planning, monitoring and evaluation of the R&D programs/projects, and in establishing relevant linkages for the management and conservation of the marine resources. She represents DOST-PCAARRD in
various Committees and Technical Working Groups related to the marine resources sector. Dr. Acedera is a graduate of BS Fisheries from the University of the Philippines Diliman; and MS in Environmental Studies with minor in Resource Economics and Ph.D. in Environmental Science with cognate in Community Development both from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM). In 2018, she was awarded as one of the Distinguished Alumni Awardees of the University of the Philippines Los Baños as SESAM’s Outstanding Alumna for Research and Development.


Marine Resources Research Division

Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Department of Science and Technology

Mari-Ann M. Acedera

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