Dr. Milagrosa R. Martinez-Goss is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Biological Sciences recognized for her important contributions to the field of phycology. Dr. Martinez-She is the MNH's curator for algae and diatoms. She is a Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UPLB. Prof. Emeritus Goss has a PhD in Botany with specialization in Phycology (1976) from UPLB.

Her MS in Botany was obtained from the University of Maryland in 1968 while her BS Biology degree was awarded by UP Diliman in 1962. Her research interests in on the biology of blue-green algae and diatoms.

Ma'm Goss is dubbed the “great algal-agriculturist of the sea” for her exceptional contributions in the study of diatoms and algal taxonomy, a field dominated by foreign researchers. She has described around 20 new species and varieties of algae and determined 20 more as new country records for the Philippines. After retiring, Dr. Martinez-Goss continues to be involved in research and extension work, focusing on studies to mass cultivate freshwater microalgae for biodiesel feedstock and other phycological researches.

Selected Publications

  • EDLR Arguelles, AC Laurena, RG Monsalud, MR Martinez-Goss (2019) High lipid and protein-producing epilithic microalga, Desmodesmus sp. (U-AU2): a promising alternative feedstock for biodiesel and animal feed production. Philippine Journal of Crop Science 44(2):13-23
  • MR Martinez-Goss, JEB Manlapa, EDLR Arguelles (2019) Cyanobacteria and diatoms in the cyanobacterial mats in a natural salt water hot spring in Coron, Palawan, Philippines. Philippine Science Letters 12 (Supplement):11-32
  • EDLR Arguelles, MR Martinez-Goss (2019) Diversity of Philippine Photosynthetic Euglenophytes and their Potential Biotechnological Uses: A Review. International Journal on Emerging Technologies 10(4): 24-31
  • EDLR Arguelles, AC Laurena, MR Martinez-Goss, RG Monsalud (2017) Antibacterial Activity, Total Phenolic Content and Antioxidant Capacity of a Green Microalga Desmodesmus sp. (U-AU2) from Los Baños, Laguna (Philippines). Journal of Nature Studies 16(2):1-13
  • MR Martinez-Goss, EDLR Arguelles, JOO Nacorda (2016) Some Pediastrum species (Chlorophyceae) from Laguna de Bay (Philippines) and its vicinities. Philippine Scientist 53:31-51
  • JJA Polizon, JOO Nacorda, MR Martinez-Goss (2015) Species richness of microalgae in Molawin Creek, Los Banos, Laguna. SDSSU Multidisciplinary Research Journal 3
  • MR Martinez-Goss, NK Torreta, JOO Nacorda, CDS Mendoza (2014) The Algal Culture Collection at the University of the Philippines Los Banos-Museum of Natural History (ACC-UPLB-MNH). Philippine Scientist 51:66-103
  • SS Garibay, VD Sadio, MR Martinez-Goss, MJC Esprela, MFS Muegue (2014) Diversity of Planktonic Organisms in Selected Areas of Panay Island, Philippines. Philippine Scientist 51:104-121
  • MR Martinez-Goss (2014). Checklist of Photosynthetic Euglenophytes (Euglenophyta, Euglenophyceae) from the Philippines. Philippine Scientist 51:37-65
  • AED Matanguihan, ML Dionisio-Sese, MR Martinez-Goss (2014) Combined Effect of CO2-Enriehment and Shaking on the Growth of Nostoc commune Vaucher (Cyanobacteria). Philippine Scientist 51:145-155
  • MR Martinez-Goss, RB Demafelis (2014) Sensory Evaluation on Selected Food Preparations of Nostoc commune Vaucher (Cyanobacteria). Philippine Scientist 51:156-166
  • AQ Hurtado, MNE Montaño, MR Martinez-Goss (2013). Commercial production of carrageenophytes in the Philippines: Ensuring long-term sustainability for the industry. Journal of Applied Phycology. 25. 10.1007/s10811-012-9945-7. 
  • DEO Santiago, RB Demafelis, MR Martinez-Goss, JOO Nacorda, NK Torreta, BG Bataller, MJH Redondo, NL Jao, LSH Dizon (2013) Design, fabrication and performance evaluation of a photobioreactor for the cultivation of Chlorella vulgaris (Beijerinck). Philippine Journal of Crop Science 38(2):21-29
  • MR Martinez-Goss, LT Evangelista (2010). A check-list of Mastogloia (class Bacillariophyceae) of the Philippines. Philippine Journal of Science 139(2):207-217.
  • JO Nacorda, MR Martinez-Goss, NK Torreta, FE Merca (2007) Metal Resistance and bioaccumulation in two strains of the green alga, Chlorella vulgaris Beijerinck isolated from Laguna de Bay, Philippines. J. Appl. Phycol. 19(6):701-710.
  • MP Briones-Nagata, MR Martinez-Goss, K Hori (2007) A comparison of the morpho-cytology and chemical composition of the two forms of cyanobacterium, Nostoc commune Vauch. from the Philippines and Japan. J. Appl. Phycol. 19(6):675-683.
  • MCM Cremen, MR Martinez-Goss, VL Corre, RV Azanza (2007) Phytoplankton bloom in commercial shrimp ponds using green water technology. J. Appl. Phycol. 19(6):615-624.
  • L Intong, MR Martinez-Goss (2001). A freshwater red alga Compsopogon coeruleus (Balbis) Montagne from Bucal, Calamba, Laguna, Philippines (Abstract only). In C. B. Santiago, M. L. Cuvin-Aralar, & Z. U. Basiao (Eds.), Conservation and Ecological Management of Philippine Lakes in Relation to Fisheries and Aquaculture (p. 159)
  • MR Martinez-Goss (2001). A checklist of Navicula (Class Bacillariophyceae) of the Philippines. Science Diliman 13(1).
  • A Israel, MR Martinez-Goss, M. Friedlander (1999) Effect of salinity and pH on growth and agar yield of Gracilaria tenuistipitata var. liui in laboratory and outdoor cultivation. J. Appl. Phycol. 11:543-549.
  • LB Alcantara, HP Calumpong, MR Martinez-Goss, EG Meñez, A Israel (1999) Comparison of the performance of the agarophyte, Gracilariopsis bailinae, and the milkfish, Chanos chanos, in mono- and biculture. In: Kain J.M., Brown M.T., Lahaye M. (eds) Sixteenth International Seaweed Symposium. Developments in Hydrobiology, vol 137. Springer, Dordrecht
  • MR Martinez-Goss (1997) New Nitzschia and Tryblionella from Laguna de Bay, Philippines. Proc. of the Academy of Nat. Sci. of Philadelphia 147:119-123.
  • MPP Briones, K Hori, MR Martinez-Goss, G Ishibashi, T Okita (1997) A comparison of physical properties, oxalate-oxalic acid soluble substance, protein content, and in vitro protein digestibility of the blue-green alga, Nostoc commune Vauch. from the Philippines and Japan. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 50:287-294.
  • R Antoine, K Benson-Evans, MR Martinez-Goss (1997) Paleolimnological studies of Laguna de Bay, Philippines: Evidence from Diatoms. Limnologica 27(2):165-177.
  • MPP Briones, MR Martinez-Goss (1994) Response of Nostoc commune Vauch. to different irradiances and photoperiods. Asia Life Sciences 3(1):11-20
  • MR Martinez, NLL Borje, HT Guevarra, VM Marcelino (1992) Habitat and phenology of a freshwater red alga, Compsopogon coeruleus (Balb.) Mantagne from Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. Asia Life Sciences (1&2): 9-34.
  • NM Palacpac, MR Martinez, S Boussiba (1990) Mass Cultivation of an indigenous nitrogen-fixing blue-green alga, Gloeotrichia natans. J. Appl. Phycol. 2:319-325.
  • HD Catling, MR Martinez, Z Islam (1981) Survey of algae associated with deepwater rice in Bangladesh. Cryptogamie, Algologie, II, 2:109-121.