Dr. Rafael D. Guerrero III graduated with the B.S. in Zoology from the University of the Philippines (Diliman), Master of Science in Applied Zoology (U.P. Los Banos) and Ph.D. in Fisheries Management (Auburn University, USA). He served as Dean of the College of Inland Fisheries, Central Luzon State University; Director for Extension and Training, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center; and Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development.
For spearheading the commercialization of the artificial sex reversal technology for tilapia which is considered a “milestone” in world aquaculture, he was awarded the Presidential Rizal Pro Patria (1976), one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (1978), Outstanding Young Scientist (1981), IBM Science and Technology (1986) and Msgr. Heine Memorial Award of the International Tilapia Foundation (1996). For exemplary public service, he was conferred the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award in 1994 by the Civil Service Commission. In 2008, he was recognized as one of The Outstanding Filipinos (TOFIL) for his pioneering work on vermiculture in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Dr. Guerrero is currently an Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology and Professorial Lecturer of the School of Environmental Science and Management of the U.P. Los Banos.