Ma. Josefa R. Pante, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor 

Ph.D. Animal Breeding and Genetics  
University of Guelph, Canada

Research Interests: 
Quantitative genetics 

Selected Publications:
  • Amor, E.A., Catap, E.S., Estacio, M.A.C., Pante, M.J.R., Saloma, C.P., Rubio, R.O. 2018. The UPD IACUC Handbook on the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. University of the Philippines Diliman, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
  • Lluisma, A.O., M.J.R. Pante, M.N.E. Montano. 2008. Marine Biotechnology, In: Straight Talk on Biotechnology Vol 1/edited by B.D. Peczon and A.J. Manalo, Ateneo de Manila University Press, Quezon City, pp 113-124.
  • Lester, L.J. and M.J.R. Pante. 1992. Genetics of Penaeus species, In: Fast, A.W. and L.J. Lester (editors) Marine Shrimp Culture: Principles and Practices, Elsevier Science Publishers, Netherlands, pp. 29-52.
  • Lester, L.J. and M.J.R. Pante. 1992. Penaeid temperature and salinity responses, In: Fast, A.W. and L.J. Lester (editors) Marine Shrimp Culture: Principles and Practices, Elsevier Science Publishers, Netherlands, pp. 519-538.
  • Kevin Labrador, Altair Agmata, Joseph Dominic Palermo, Jhunrey Follante, Ma. Josefa Pante. 2019. Authentication of processed Philippine sardine products using Hotshot DNA extraction and minibarcode amplification. Food Control 98: 150-155,
  • Rachel Ravago-Gotanco, Talna Lorena de la Cruz, Ma Josefa Pante, Philippe Borsa. 2018. Cryptic genetic diversity in the mottled rabbitfish Siganus fuscescens with mitochondrial introgression at a contact zone in the South China Sea. PloS one 13(2): e0193220
  • Cruz, R. A. L., M. J. R. Pante, and F. J. Rohlf. 2012. Geometric morphometric analysis of shell shape variation in Conus (Gastropoda: Conidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 165: 296-310.
  • Ravago-Gotanco, R., M.T. Manglicmot, M.J.R. Pante. 2010. Multiplex PCR and RFLP approaches for identification of rabbitfish (Siganus) species using mitochondrial gene regions Molecular Ecology Resources 10: 741–743. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2009.02829.x
  • Ravago-Gotanco, R., C.Y. Lumibao, M.J.R. Pante. 2010. Isolation and characterization of thirteen microsatellite markers for the rabbitfish, Siganus fuscescens. Conservation Genet Resour  2:225–227. DOI 10.1007/s12686-009-9148-y
  • Ravago-Gotanco, R., C.Y. Lumibao, M.J.R. Pante. 2008. Isolation of microsatellite markers for the mottled spinefoot Siganus fuscescens. UPV J. Nat. Sci. 13: 25-29.
  • Pante, M.J.R., T.L.P. dela Cruz, J.J.J. Garvida. 2007. Growth performance and initial heritability estimates for growth traits in juvenile sea urchin Tripneustes gratilla. Science Diliman 19 (1): 1-6
  • B. Gjerde, Pante, M.J.R., G. Baeverfjord. 2005. Genetic variation for a vertebral deformity in Atlantic salmon, (Salmo salar). Aquaculture 244: 77-87.
  • Pante, M.J.R., B. Gjerde, I. McMillan, I. Misztal. 2002. Estimation of additive and dominance genetic variances for body weight at harvest in rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. Aquaculture 204: 383-392.
  • Pante, D.R., L.E.Salamante, M.L. San Diego-McGlone. 2002. Cultivable Marine Organisms Information Database (CMOID), AQUA Beat: The Official Newsletter of the National Aquaculture Research, Development and Extension Network. Vol.2, Issue 2, July-December 2002.
  • Pante, M.J.R., B. Gjerde, I. McMillan. 2001. Effect of inbreeding on body weight at harvest in rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss.. Aquaculture 192 (2-4):201-211.
  • Pante, M.J.R., B. Gjerde, I. McMillan. 2001. Inbreeding levels in selected populations of rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. Aquaculture 192 (2-4):213-224.
  • Pante, M.J.R., B. Gjerde, I. McMillan. 1998. Inbreeding levels and inbreeding depression in a farmed population of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Proceedings of the 6th WCGALP, 27:119-122.
  • Velasco, R.R., M.J.R. Pante, J.M. Macaranas, C.C. Janagap, A.E. Eknath. 1996. Truss morphometric characterization of eight strains of Nile tilapia (Orechromis niloticus), ICLARM Conference Proceedings No. 41, Makati City, Philippines.
  • Macaranas, J.M., L.Q. Agustin, M.C.A. Ablan, M.J.R. Pante, A.A. Eknath, R.S.V. Pullin. 1995. Genetic improvement of farmed tilapias: Biochemical characterization of strain differences in Nile tilapia. Aquaculture International 3(1): 43-54.
  • Macaranas, J.M., C.A. Ablan, M.J.R. Pante, J.A.H. Benzie and S.T. Williams. 1992. Genetic structure of giant clam (Tridacna derasa) populations from reefs in the Indo-Pacific. Marine Biology. 113(2):231-238.
  • Eknath, A.E., J.M. Macaranas, L.Q. Agustin, R.R. Velasco, M.C. Ablan, M.J.R. Pante, R.S.V. Pullin. 1991. Biochemical and morphometric approaches to characterize farmed tilapias. NAGA, The ICLARM Quarterly. 14(2):7-9.
  • Macaranas, J.M., M.J.R. Pante, and L.V. Benitez. 1990. Heterogeneity in Philippine milkfish populations, The Second Asian Fisheries Forum. Proceedings of the Second Asian Fisheries Forum, Tokyo, Japan, 17-22 April 1989.
  • Pante, M.J.R., J.M. Macaranas, J.B. Capili, M.M. Tayamen, M.A.P. Bimbao, M.C.A. Ablan. 1990. Development of research methods to evaluate Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) strains in the Philippines, In: T. Gjedrem (editor), Genetics in Aquaculture III, Elsevier Science Publishers, Netherlands.
  • Pante, M.J.R. 1989. Genetic improvement of fish for aquaculture through foreign gene transfer. Aquabyte. 2(2):2-4.
  • Pante, M.J.R. 1988. Multivariate analysis of morphometric/meristic data, In: R.S.V. Pullin (editor), Tilapia genetic resources for aquaculture, ICLARM Conference Proceedings 16, 108p. International Centre for Living Aquatic Resources Management Center, Manila, Philippines.
  • Pante, M.J.R., L.J. Lester and R.S.V. Pullin. 1988. A preliminary study on the use of canonical discriminant analysis of morphometric and meristic characters to identify cultured tilapias, In: Pullin, R.S.V., T. Bhukaswan, K. Tonguthai and J.L. Maclean (editors), The Second International Symposium on Tilapia in Aquaculture, ICLARM Conference Proceedings 15, 632p. Department of Fisheries, Bangkok, Thailand and International Centre for Living Aquatic Resources Management Center, Manila, Philippines.
  • Macaranas, J.M., N. Taniguchi, M.J.R. Pante, J.B. Capili, and R.S.V. Pullin. 1986. Electrophoretic evidence for extensive hybrid gene introgression into commercial Oreochromis niloticus (L.) stocks in the Philippines. Aquaculture Research 17:249-258. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2109.1986.tb00111.x
  • Pante, M.J.R., and J.M. Macaranas. 1989. Genetic characterization of cultured Philippine tilapia stocks, In: PCAMRD, ICLARM, Tilapia Genetics and Culture, Freshwater Aquaculture Center, Central Luzon State University, Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, June 20-22, 1985, Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development, Los Baños, Laguna, International Centre for Living Aquatic Resources Management Center, Manila, Philippines, 1989 62p.(Book Series No. 01/1989).


Ph.D. Students

Pastor Malabrigo

Graduated Advisees:

Ph.D. Students

Rachel June Gotanco

Dissertation Topic: Genetic connectivity of Philippine populations of Siganus fuscescens across multiple spatial scales  (2010) co-adviser


MS Students

Estelita Emily Capuli

Thesis Topic:  (1991) co-adviser

Ronald Allan Cruz 

Thesis Topic: Shell geometric morphometrics and design pattern analysis for species discrimination in Conus (Gastropoda: Conidae)  (2009) 

Jonathan Patrick Yan 

Thesis Topic: Geometric morphometic analysis of selected Philippine pomocentridae (2013) 

Talna Lorena Dela Cruz 

Thesis Topic: Use of Geometric Morphometrics to Differentiate Species and Populations of Rabbitfishes (Perciformes: Siganidae) in the Philippines (2011)