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Jose Christopher Mendoza


Dr. Jose Christopher Escaño Mendoza started his career in Biology in 1999, just after graduating from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP Diliman) where he majored in Cell and Molecular Biology. He began as an instructor at the UP Institute of Biology, teaching in diverse lab courses such as General Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology, and Invertebrate Biology. In 2004, Dr. Mendoza attained his Master of Science (Biology) while on a faculty scholarship from his alma mater, and was recognised as an outstanding Masters candidate. Thereafter, in 2005, he went on to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (Biological Sciences) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) on the NUS Research Scholarship. He was named valedictorian of his cohort in May 2011.

During his five years as a graduate student at NUS, Dr. Mendoza trained under Prof. Peter Ng in systematics & taxonomy. His main focus was on the xanthid crabs (Brachyura: Xanthidae) of the Philippines and a systematic revision of the subfamilies Euxanthinae and Antrocarcininae. Dr. Mendoza spent his time in research, field expeditions, museum visits, and teaching – eventually yielding at least 12 scientific publications and two teaching awards. Since graduation, he has since been working as a research fellow in NUS’ Department of Biological Sciences (Systematics and Ecology Laboratory, and the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research) on various projects involving crab taxonomy & systematics.

Dr. Mendoza believes that as a scientist, his main goal is to contribute to the uplifting of his fellow man through the practice of Science. While all the world's problems cannot be single-handedly solved, one person patiently chipping away at specific problems can make a difference in the long run. In his case, it is the discovery of new species and the desire to bring to a wider audience an understanding of and appreciation for such wonders of nature which fuel his passion for his chosen field.

Selected publications in carcinology (in chronological order)

Mendoza, J. C. E. & P. K. L. Ng, 2011. The Polydectinae Dana, 1851, of the Philippines, with description of a new genus for Lybia hatagumoana Sakai, 1961 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Xanthidae). Zootaxa, 3052: 51–61.

Lai, J. C. Y., J. C. E. Mendoza, D. Guinot, P. K. L. Ng & P. F. Clark, 2011. Xanthidae MacLeay, 1838 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Xanthoidea) systematics: A multi-gene approach with support from adult and larval morphology. Zoologischer Anzeiger, 250(4): 407–448.

Mendoza, J. C. E. & D. Guinot, 2011. Revision of the genus Glyptoxanthus A. Milne-Edwards, 1879, and establishment of Glyptoxanthinae nov. subfam. (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Xanthidae). Zootaxa, 3015: 29–51.

Mendoza, J. C. E. & P. K. L. Ng, 2011. Leelumnus radium, a new genus and species of pilumnid crab from marine encrusting communities in Singapore (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Pilumnidae). Zootaxa, 2809: 58–66.

Lasley, R. M. Jr., J. C. E. Mendoza & P. K. L. Ng, 2010. Two new species of Guitonia Garth & Iliffe, 1992 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Xanthidae) from the central and western Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa, 2684: 1–13.

Mendoza, J. C. E. & T. Naruse, 2010. A new species of riverine crab of the genus Sundathelphusa Bott, 1969 (Crustacea: Brachyura: Gecarcinucidae), from northeastern Luzon, Philippines. Philippine Journal of Science, 139(1): 61–70, frontispiece.

Mendoza, J. C. E. & P. K. L. Ng, 2010. The euxanthine crabs (Crustacea: Brachyura: Xanthidae) of the Philippines. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 58(1): 57–74.

Mendoza, J. C. E., T. Naruse, S.-H. Tan, T.-Y. Chan, B. Richer de Forges & P. K. L. Ng, 2010. Case studies on decapod crustaceans from the Philippines reveal deep, steep underwater slopes as prime habitats for ‘rare’ species. Biodiversity & Conservation, 19(2): 575–586.

Mendoza, J. C. E., V. C. Chong & P. K. L. Ng, 2009. A new xanthid crab of the genus Medaeops Guinot, 1967, from Peninsular Malaysia, with a note on Leptodius granulosus Haswell, 1882 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Xanthidae). Zootaxa, 2297: 44–54.

Mendoza, J. C. E. & T. Naruse, 2009. A new species of Macrophthalmus Desmarest, 1823 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Macrophthalmidae) from Bohol Island, the Philippines. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 57(2): 475–480.

Ng, P. K. L., J. C. E. Mendoza & M. R. Manuel-Santos, 2009. Tangle net fishing, an indigenous method used in Balicasag island, central Philippines. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Suppl. 20: 39–46.

Mendoza, J. C. E., M. R. Manuel-Santos & P. K. L. Ng, 2009. Rediscovery of the rare euxanthine crab, Guinotellus melvillensis Serène, 1971 (Decapoda, Brachyura, Xanthidae) in the Philippines. Crustaceana, 82(1): 39–51.

Naruse, T., J. C. E. Mendoza & P. K. L. Ng, 2008. Descriptions of five new species of false spider crabs (Decapoda: Brachyura: Hymenosomatidae) from the Philippines. Marine Biology Research, 4(6): 429–441.

Mendoza, J. C. E. & P. K. L. Ng, 2008. A new species of Alainodaeus Davie, 1993 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Xanthidae) from Balicasag Island, Philippines, with a key to the genus. Zootaxa, 1897: 53–63.

Mendoza, J. C. E. & P. K. L. Ng, 2008. New genera and species of euxanthine crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Xanthidae) from the Bohol Sea, the Philippines. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 56(2): 385–404.

Mendoza, J. C. E. & P. K. L. Ng, 2007. Macrophthalmus (Euplax) H. Milne Edwards, 1852, a valid subgenus of ocypodoid crab (Decapoda: Brachyura: Macrophthalmidae), with description of a new species from the Philippines. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 27(4): 670–680.

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