About Us

Q-quatics was created to support the assembly and dissemination of key data on living aquatic resources for the development of research tools in collaboration with national and international partners. As such, Q-quatics works closely with the global biodiversity information systems FishBase, SeaLifeBase, and the Catalogue of Life and the global aquatic biogeography initiative AquaMaps.


Q-quatics also supports the cutting-edge databases and research developed by the Sea Around Us, which provides policy options for marine fisheries resources, their sustainable use and possible responses to climate change. As such, it partners with the Sea Around Us in identifying projects that would help initiate or maintain research on global fisheries and biodiversity conservation.


Q-quatics develops and maintains mutually beneficial collaborations and partnerships with academic, conservation and biodiversity research organizations.


Q-quatics operates under the scientific guidance of the FishBase Consortium and is subject to Philippine national laws. Although its primary mission is not as a grant-making institution, Q-quatics can receive and disburse funds for the exclusive use of its affiliated projects, for which it allows indirect costs or overheads (institutional overheads) to a maximum of 10% of direct costs.



We aim to excel in all our endeavors and be the leading global research organization in our chosen field to earn the trust of our donors, partners, collaborators and users of our research results and services.

Work Ethics

We are dedicated to deliver work diligently and on time in honoring commitments to donors, partners, collaborators and co-workers.​


We act with honesty and integrity, uncompromising in seeking, imparting and defending scientific methods and their results.


We treat people in and outside the organization with respect and sensitivity, appreciating the value of their contributions and recognizing the importance of diversity.

Alignment and Accountability

We conduct our work in line with good practices and accept responsibility for our actions and decisions.


We are supportive of each other’s efforts, loyal to one another, and care about each other in the conduct both of our personal and professional life.


We are committed to provide a working environment that strikes a healthy work and life balance.

Open Communication

We encourage dialogue and open exchange of experience, opinions and views for effective and efficient fulfilment of our mandate.

Community and Environment

We are committed to promote and support living sustainably with the ocean and land ecosystems and endeavor to conduct our own work in the most environmental-friendly way.

Equal opportunities

Quantitative Aquatics is an equal opportunity employer.

Q-quatics is a non-profit organization maintaining and developing a network of information systems that provide biodiversity and fisheries data on all aquatic life on earth and the related analytical tools for their sustainable management and/or conservation. Our vision is to provide the basic knowledge of humanity in this domain free of charge primarily via the World Wide Web.

Q-quatics maintains and develops FishBase, SeaLifeBase, AquaMaps, and the Sea Around Us databases and related products, in order to support global management/conservation options for living aquatic resources, including their sustainable use and possible responses to climate change. It operates under the scientific governance of the FishBase Consortium.

Q-quatics seeks active cooperation in order to continuously improve the service and ensure good user experience. The development of new features and/or components are facilitated through fund-raising activities and collaborations.

Board of Trustees

Cornelia E. Nauen (PhD), Chair

Dr. Cornelia Nauen is President of Mundus maris – Sciences and Arts for Sustainability (2010-present), an international non-profit association which seeks to combine scientific concepts with practice embedded in local and global cultural spaces. She worked at FAO’s Fisheries Department on aquatic and coastal pollution issues and later in the species identification programme. She also served at the European Commission in development cooperation and international science cooperation (1986-2012) where she helped fund the early stages of FishBase. She received her PhD in fisheries science from Kiel University in Germany.

Wai Lung (William) Cheung (PhD), Vice Chair

Dr. William Cheung is an Associate Professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) of UBC and the Director of Science of the Nippon Foundation-UBC Nereus Program. His main research areas include understanding the responses and vulnerabilities of marine ecosystems and fisheries to global change, and examining trade-offs in managing and conserving living marine resources. His work cuts across multiple disciplines, from oceanography to ecology, economics and social sciences, and range from local to global scales.

Benjamin M. Vallejo Jr. (PhD), Secretary

Dr. Benjamin Vallejo Jr. works as Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines-Diliman where he teaches Biogeography, Environmental Science, and Science, Technology and Society. His research work deals with the biogeography of the Philippines and Wallacea, coastal and intertidal ecology, urban environments and the biology of invasive species.

Flor B. Maclean, Treasurer

Flor Maclean is the Board Chairman of Action for Care and Development of the Poor in the Philippines (ACAP), a foundation which helps marginalized children get access to education and regular art session therapy. For ten years, she was Secretary to the Board of Directors at Kaibigan Ermita Outreach Foundation. Kaibigan supports to establish better living conditions for more than 450 street children. She also owned and operated Directions Marketing Consultants Services (1993-2005) and represented consulting firms from various sectors at ADB, USAID and World Bank.

Maria L.D. Palomares (PhD), Member

Dr. Maria Lourdes Palomares is a Senior Scientist and Project Manager of the Sea Around Us. She is also the Science Director and Board member of Q-quatics, and serves as the Project Coordinator of SeaLifeBase. Deng obtained her PhD from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse (France) and worked with the FishBase Project at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (Manila, Philippines) for 10 years before joining the Sea Around Us team in 2001.


Luisa Abucay (MSc), Research Officer

Isay leads the Q-quatics team involved in the catch reconstruction of global fisheries led by the Sea Around Us and a member of the Qq species identification team doing image analysis using BRUVS. Luisa also encodes new species information and distribution data in FishBase. She used to work for the Catalogue of Life Project (catalogueoflife.org) and was involved in mapping and digitization of freshwater fishes and aquatic plants using GIS.

Rachel Atanacio, Senior Graphic Artist

Aque is responsible for the Collaborators and PicturesMain tables, and all picture-related work in FishBase. She maintains an extensive network of scientists, aquarists, fish hobbyists, and students who collaborated with FishBase using their photos throughout the years. Aque also provides major artwork requirements of Q-quatics.

Manuel A. Bactong Jr (BSc), Software Engineer

Jimboy handles website development and maintenance for FishBase and SeaLifeBase. He has worked and collaborated with International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau and University of the Philippines Los Baños (ERDB_UPLB) doing what he does best, creating desktop, online and mobile applications. Jimboy Is currently taking up his MSc in Environmental Science at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños.

Nicolas Bailly (PhD), Taxonomy Coordinator

Nicolas Bailly (PhD) is Q-quatics' Taxonomy Coordinator. He was formerly employed at the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) in Paris where he started to develop his experience in Biodiversity Informatics. He helped organize the FishBase Consortium in 2000 and became Chair years later (2004-2005). He joined WorldFish as the FishBase Project Leader (2005-2014) and worked with the LifeWatchGreece Team at the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC), Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Greece (2014-2016).

Lyra Joyce Banasihan (BSc), Librarian

Lyra is responsible for maintaining and organizing the overall collections of Q-quatics. She also assists in searching and critically evaluating relevant information sources for FishBase and SeaLifeBase. She assists staff and collaborators in encoding references. Lyra is currently taking up her masters in Library and Information Science at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Josephine Rius-Barile (BSc), Team Leader

Skit leads the Information Technology Group of Q-quatics. Skit also handles database programming for FishBase and SeaLifeBase, and contributes to the work on AquaMaps. Skit has been with FishBase since 1998 and has since handled the development and production of five CD/DVD releases of FishBase (1998, 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2013).

Elizabeth Bato David (BSc), Research Assistant

Beth encodes geographic and distribution-related data for Q-Quatics and Sea Around Us species. In addition, she also works in reviewing these species' AquaMaps using the species' global distribution data and environmental envelopes. She also handles and updates the PostGIS geographies and GIS maps of the Sea Around Us database.

Mary Ann Bimbao (PhD), Executive Director

She has over 30 years of experience in national and international projects on people’s organizations, government and non-governmental organizations, research organizations and academic institutions.

Cynthia Borbe, CPA (BSA), Finance Officer III

Cynthia handles project accounting tasks such as developing proposal budget based on established guidelines and rates, as well as providing updates, analyzing expenditures for future budget and forward-looking information. Cynthia also performs project and financial accounting functions, controlling and monitoring of project accounts; timely and accurate preparation of periodic project financial reports for management review and submission to donors.

Lucas Brotz (PhD), Cnidaria Scientist

Lucas Brotz (PhD) is Q-quatics’ Cnidaria Scientist and has been studying jellyfish for more than a decade. He has been a member of numerous international working groups on jellyfish, and currently serves on the Scientific Steering Committee for the 6th International Jellyfish Blooms Symposium to be held in South Africa in November 2019. He was previously employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Sea Around Us and is based at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries.

Emily Capuli (MSc), Senior Research Officer

Emily is the Theme Group Leader for Taxonomy, ensuring the validity of names and spatial distribution of species, in collaboration with taxonomists and various database collaborators. She continues to work on the synchronization of FishBase and the Catalog of Fishes, with the help of Dr. Nicolas Bailly and in the development and promotion of FishBase and SeaLifeBase for biodiversity management and conservation.

Jeniffer Conejar-Espedido (BSc), Research Analyst

Encodes key biological information for cnidarians and molluscs and responsible for validating and encoding taxonomic and nomenclatural information, as well as global abundance and introductions information of various species. She is also involved in studies on biofouling and macrobenthic communities specifically on marine non-indigenous species. She now leads the Q-quatics arm of the carry forward of global fisheries catch reconstructions led by the Sea Around Us.

Joann Roxas-Glorioso (BSc), Communications Officer

Joann handles public relations and communications as well as events coordination tasks for Q-quatics. These include managing Q-quatics and FishBase email accounts, social media accounts, Fish Forum and Guestbook; dissemination of scientific news related and relevant to FishBase, SeaLifeBase and AquaMaps; production of the newsletter and participation in the continuous development of the Q-quatics website.

Jeremiah Glenn Jansalin (BSc), Research Officer

Jeremy works on faunal checklists and common names in FishBase. He assists in trainings and carries out presentations on various FishBase tool applications in the field. His main research interest focuses on marine biodiversity and ecosystems management. He is currently pursuing a MSc in Environmental Science at the University of the Philippines - Los Baños.

Frederick Lagasca (BSc), Computer Maintenance Technologist

Fred is responsible for installing and configuring computer workstations and local area networks, operates them, monitors performances, diagnoses and solves problems. Fred also maintains server and domain/hosting for Q-quatics, administers email accounts, manages backups of databases in Q-quatics.

Selina de Leon (BSc), Research Assistant

Primarily involved in the carry forward of global fisheries catch reconstructions led by the Sea Around Us after which she will move on to do fish stock analysis using the Catch Maximum Sustainable Yield (CMSY) method in various projects. Her fascination for the oceans led her to volunteer for the humpback whale research expedition (Balyena.org) in Camiguin Island, Calayan, Cagayan, Phils.

Susan Luna (BSc), Executive Assistant

Tuttay has been with FishBase since its inception in 1990 at ICLARM and has assisted in formatting encoding standards and rigorous testing of the first version of FishBase. She uses this long professional association with FishBase to embark on new responsibilities in Q-quatics. Currently, Tuttay provides high-level support to the Executive Director on all matters pertaining to administrative, human resources, and financial affairs of the organization.

Martin Paulo Nevado, Software Engineer

Martin is responsible for migrating FishBase from MS Access platform to PostgreSQL. He also contributes to the development and maintenance of FishBase and SeaLifeBase websites. He worked as a Database Manager at the C4 Rice Center of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) where he gained experience in computer programming and database management.

Shelumiel R. Ortiz (BSc), Software Engineer

Miel is a Software Engineer of Q-quatics since February 2017. He handles the development and maintenance of the Q-quatics website, including its affiliated websites (Sea Around Us, FishBase, and SeaLifeBase).

Geezle Joy Painaga (BSc), Administrative Assistant

Gee provides secretarial and administrative support to the Executive Director and performs project management and human resources tasks. Gee is responsible for developing and implementing a systematic and efficient filing system for project management, as well as assisting in the planning of administrative and logistics requirements of Q-quatics sponsored conferences, workshops and trainings.

Maria L.D. Palomares (PhD), Science Director

Maria Lourdes Palomares is a senior scientist and the project manager of Sea Around Us (www.seaaroundus.org) and is project lead of SeaLifeBase (www.sealifebase.org). Deng obtained a PhD from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse (France) and worked with the FishBase Project at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (Manila, Philippines) for 10 years before joining the Sea Around Us team in 2001. Deng serves as Science Director for Quantitative Aquatics and is a member of its Board of Trustees.

Vina Angelica Parducho (BSc), Research Assistant

Gelli is involved in CMSY and global fisheries catch reconstructions led by the Sea Around Us. She is also responsible for providing priors data used in CMSY, updating the global stocks spreadsheet for seafood advisory based on stock assessment reports, and encoding life history and population dynamics data of both fish and non-fish species, in FishBase and SeaLifeBase, respectively.

Rubyann Robelle Polido (BSc), Research Assistant

Ruby handles encoding of ecology data, food items and diet information from published and gray literature for both fish and non-fish. She is also involved in the carry forward of global fisheries catch reconstructions led by the Sea Around Us.

Kathleen Kesner-Reyes (BA), Senior Research Officer

Kathy works on data requirements and verification of AquaMaps, the species distribution modelling component of FishBase which matches species tolerances with environmental conditions to predict species ranges. Kathy is also involved in further development of AquaMaps systems for the marine and freshwater domains, and coordinates the implementation of AquaMaps projects for different regions, including Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Rodolfo Reyes Jr. (MENRM), Senior Research Officer

Rudy works on life history information, morphometrics in relation to species identification, and the development of tools that use lifehistory data in FishBase for analyses in general. Rudy also reviews research manuscripts on growth and life history of fishes for international journals. He is an Associate Editor of Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Ichthyology.

Fayte Sicnawa (BSc), Research Assistant

Encodes ecology, length-based and life history traits for FishBase and SeaLifeBase. She is in training for identification of fishes from underwater videos using BRUVS (Baited Remote Underwater Video System) in partnership with the University of Western Australia (UWA). She has embarked on her MSc in Wildlife studies at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños. She aspires to be involved in Philippine faunal conservation.

Armi Torres (PhD), Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Armi works on taxonomy and distribution of freshwater fishes in FishBase. She also handles the IUCN Red List and CITES updates in FishBase. She’s involved in organizing trainings on freshwater fish identification and conservation in collaboration with national and international partners. She’s currently pursuing postdoctoral research on the impacts of climate change on the fisheries of the Great Lakes of North America in partnership with UMN and UBC.

Michael Angelo Yap (BFA), Graphic Artist

Responsible for all graphic-related work in SeaLifeBase, i.e., photos from collaborators, hand draws non-fish species, posters, logos, illustrations for presentations, etc., and encodes occurrence data from photographs. He worked in advertising for 10 years providing artworks and directing TV commercials for Shakey’s, Dunkin Donuts, among others. He now involves himself in artworks for the conservation of marine resources.

Patricia Sorongon-Yap (MSc), Research Analyst

Encodes key biological information on marine vertebrates (mammals, seabirds, reptiles). Faunal work coordinator and responsible for faunal checklists and other geographic distribution-related information. She also handles information on conservation including the update of IUCN Red List and CITES in SeaLifeBase and is actively involved in studies on marine mammal threats, behavior and their conservation in the Philippines.

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Quantitative Aquatics, Inc. (Q-quatics) is a non-stock, non-profit, non-governmental organization established in the Philippines in February 2017 (Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission registration # CN201704543, 09 February 2017; Bureau of Internal Revenue Tax Identification No. 009-556-512, 28 February 2017).