Apollo Marco Dalonos Lizano

Researcher Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
+47 75 51 70 14
Bodø, Torggården 408

About me

I grew up in the Philippines surrounded by turquoise marine waters and fascinating biodiversity. These inspired me to become a marine scientist. I earned my master's degree from the Marine Science Institute University of the Philippines Diliman in 2017. My interest in application of molecular techniques to answer questions in ecology and evolution started when I first became a field assistant under the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (SI-NMNH). We collected commercial fish species around the country and identify them using DNA barcoding technique. After which, I joined the National Fisheries Research Development Institute (NFRDI) in the Philippines to continue my work focusing on CITES listed invertebrates in the country. I was then able to publish my first paper about the updates on giant clams in the Philippines using mtDNA Co1 and 16s rRNA genes. In 2012, I joined the Marine Molecular Ecology & Evolution Laboratory at UP MSI after receiving a scholarship from USAID NSF-PEER project. This funded my master's thesis which aims to solve cryptic speciation and delineate connectivity patterns among high-value sea cucumber species across the archipelago. I am currently a Phd student working on the genome and transcriptome of Calanus in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.


The first chapter of my research will focus on comparing transcriptomes between seven species of Calanus in the Northern Seas. The second chapter will focus on delineating genetic connectivity patterns among populations of Calanus across their whole distribution in the Arctic & Atlantic oceans. As the genomes of these species are particularly large (~6-12Gbp), the use of ten to thousands of molecular markers is necessary to investigate the variability at a genome-wide level. Gene capture enrichment techniques coupled with Next-Generation Sequencing will be used to generate these large number of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) markers which will be applied for subsequent population genomic analyses. Lastly, the third chapter of my thesis will focus on the use of target capture technique to isolate whole mitochondrial genomes of Calanus and use these information to infer evolutionary and historical information among the species. Data generated from this study will enable us to understand abd capture both the historical and contemporary insights on the ecology of Calanus in the Northern Seas