Karen Araño Tagulao is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Science and Environment. She obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc degrees in Biology from the University of the Philippines. Her first research endeavor was conducted at the International Rice Research Institute for her B.Sc. thesis on the population dynamics of weeds in lowland rice field. She then continued doing research as a University Research Associate in a joint project between the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, on the Genetic and Chemical Characterization of Agar Producing seaweed. Her M.Sc. thesis examined the Growth and Chemical Characteristics of the seaweed, Gracilaria. She was involved in both ecological/environmental and genetics research during her graduate studies. She was then granted a Ph.D. fellowship by the Netherlands Foundation for the Advancement of Tropical Research in an integrated and sandwich scheme between the Radboud University and UNESCO-International Institute for Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering, the Netherlands, in cooperation with the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute. Her Ph.D. dissertation is on the phylogeographic relationships of Indo-Pacific seagrasses, which mainly applied molecular genetic markers on seagrass populations from Asia to Africa.
She is currently teaching science related modules at USJ and the same time actively involved in both scientific research and science promotion activities. Her most recent work dealt with the ecology of local mangroves and macroalgae. She also gives workshops to local schools about DNA technlogy as part of the university's science promotion program.
Araño Tagulao, K. , Chan S.K., Ang, P.O., Wong, S. and Kam, K. 2012. Macao%u2019s mangroves. Macao, University of St. Joseph R.N. Rollon, M.S. Samson, M.Y. Roleda, K.G. Araño, M.W.B. Vergara and W.Y. Licuanan. 2003. Estimating Biomass from the Cover of Gelidiella acerosa along the Coasts of Eastern Philippines. Botanica Marina. Araño K.G., G.C. Trono, Jr., N.E. Montano, R.D. Villanueva and A. Hurtado. 2000. Selection and development of Gracilaria cultivars for Philippine seaweed farms. Botanica Marina.