Dr. Marie Antonette J. Meñez is a pioneer invertebrate scientist extraordinaire, outstanding marine conservationist and development worker. She is a very prolific scientist with 1667 citations in 2018, with 883 of these citations in the last five (5) years.
These research focus on invertebrate phylogeography and fisheries of high-value species such as lobsters, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and giant clams. Dr. Meñez is recognized for her well balanced practical applications of theory and practice in coastal resources management and enviromental governance.
She was involved in various regional scientific and interagency workshops related to "Managing potential conflicts in the South China Sea", particularly in joint marine scientific research and development. Currently she is a member of the informal advisory group (IAG) for ecologically or biologically significant marine areas - Convention on Biological Biodiversity.