Jesus Bream, a Marine Biology masteral student and Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff, won the Best Paper Award during the Western Philippines University Research and Extension Forum last March 2, 2015. His paper focused on the effects of oil pollution on the fertilization and larval survival rates of two echinoid species, the collector urchin (tripneustes gratilla
), locally known as tirik
, and the long-spined sea urchin (diodema setosum
), locally known as tayum
. Both species were exposed to different oil-based toxicants, and his findings showed that long-spined sea urchins are more resistant to these toxicants than the collector urchins.