Dr. Melba Horton

Assistant Professor mdhorton@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BSC in Marine Biology, Mindanao State University, Philippines
MSC in Marine Science, University of the Philippines, Philippines
PHD in Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University, Michigan


Dr. Melba D. Horton started her teaching career right after graduation at Mindanao State University, Philippines where she was hired as a pioneer alumna in the Marine Biology program. She was awarded a scholarship by the Department of Science and Technology to pursue her Master’s degree in Marine Science for her research work on seaweed cultivation and coastal conservation. She was then selected as a Research Fellow through the Monbukagakusho Scholarship Program in Japan working on the alginate content of brown seaweeds at Kitasato University. Because of her contributions to the improvement of seaweed farming and coastal management in Asia, she was selected for the Group Study Exchange (GSE) Program by the Rotary Club, International to share her experience with various organizations throughout Southeast Asia. Through a research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) at Michigan Technological University on the role of extracellular polymeric substance from diatoms, Dr. Horton worked as University Research and Teaching Assistant while pursuing her doctorate degree. This broadened her perspective of biological applications in various fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  

Dr. Horton is a strong advocate of collaborative learning. She launched the “BIO (Biology Integrated Outlook) Expo” at Florida Polytechnic University where STEM students received research funding through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration-Florida Space Grant Consortium as well as other private funding organizations.

Here at Southeastern University, Dr. Horton is launching the “ABLASE (Applied Biological Learning And Scientific Exploration) Forum” where students in Biology present the conceptual framework of their research in a Christ-centered way.  Her personal mantra “We are designed to serve and be the fire of change” motivates her to touch the lives of students as they explore their God-given purpose through education.