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Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 91: Bakit Kailangan Nating Pag-Aralan Ang West Philippine Sea?

Denise Salvador Janer is a marine geologist who works as a researcher in the UP Marine Science Institute. She has been involved in research expeditions in the West Philippine Sea and Philippine Rise to discover paleo-sea level rise events that happened thousands of years ago and their role in the evolution of marine ecosystems.

We talked about visiting and studying the West Philippine Sea and Benham Rise, why the Philippines must study and protect its own waters, the best and worst things about being a marine scientist, the challenges that make it tough to be a Pinoy scientist, why being a scientist in the Philippines is a worthwhile pursuit, and more.

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Listen to Ask Theory Episode 91 here:

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