Dr. Maricar S. Prudente is presently a Full Professor of the Science Education Department of De La Salle University-Manila. She finished her BSE degree major in Natural Sciences from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila as a city government scholar, and obtained her Masters degree in Teaching Physics at De La Salle University-Manila. Professor Prudente completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology at Ehime University as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Ronpaku Fellow.
As an educator, Dr. Prudente has served as administrator in various capacities at De La Salle University-Manila. Presently, she is the Academic Chairperson of the Science Education Department and the Research Director of the Lasallian Institute for Development and Educational Research (LIDER). Dr. Prudente has also served as a resource person, facilitator and coordinator in various seminars, workshops and training programs dealing with research, environmental issues and science education, specifically in the recent trainings of research managers of the 122 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the Philippines, in the Department of Education’s Schools Superintendents Leadership Training Program and in the Action Research Seminar-Workshops for basic education teachers in the country.
As a researcher, Dr. Prudente has been actively conducting researches on environmental monitoring of Persistent Organic Pollutants and to date has published 40 scientific research articles in high-impact peer-reviewed ISI journals. Her involvement in research was recognized in 2015 when she was awarded the Lasallian Pillar of Excellence in Research by De La Salle University-Manila. Currently her recent Google Scholar profile shows her total citations at 2966 and an h-index of 27, placing her 2nd in rank among Philippine Scientists.
Dr. Prudente is one of the recipients of the 2015 National Achievement Award of the National Research Council of the Philippines in view of her research works in Science and Science Education. Her recent research involvements include: as the Research Team Leader of a UNIDO-funded research on National Inventory of POPs in the Philippines; as Lead researcher of the DOST-NRCP Project no. A-100 entitled “Drawing Best Practices of Community Adaptation to Climate Change: Implications to Institutional Program Development”; and as Assistant Project Leader of the 3rd Graduate Tracer Study funded by the Commission on Higher Education. In the field of science education, Dr. Prudente’s research work is focused on action research and the integration of technology and 21st century skills in the teaching of science.
As an ecotoxicologist, she has been actively participating in numerous international research projects and scientific conferences dealing with environmental issues and concerns either as a participating scientist, resource person or as facilitator. Dr. Prudente is likewise involved in an international cooperative research project on the Monitoring of New POPs in Human Breast Milk in Southeast Asian countries under a Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) Research Grant and as collaborating scientist on a research project with Kumamoto University funded by Japan Science and Technology (JST), which dealt with monitoring the chemical pollutants in central Visayas affected by typhoon Haiyan.
Among her peers, Dr. Prudente has served as the National President of the JSPS Fellows Alumni Association of the Philippines for FY 2012-2014. Moreover, Prof. Prudente is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Environmental Science as well as a reviewer of a number of scientific journals in her field. She is also one of the Roster of Experts on POPs of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
For AY2016-2018, Dr. Prudente will sit as a Member of the Governing Board and Chairperson of Division 1 (Educational, Govenmental and International Policies) of the National Research Council of the Philippines.