The UPLB Museum of Natural History recently conducted the latest offering of its Summer Short Course on "Biodiversity for Beginners: Methods and Analysis for Biodiversity Field Surveys" from April 24 to May 1, 2014. The latest batch of graduates of the course included 13 BS Biology students from Adamson University accompanied by their teacher-companion, Dr. Ramon Luber, Chairman of the university's Biology Department. Five participants came from Catanduanes State College, Bicol University, Partido State University, Benguet State University and a private environmental consultancy group.

Participants were introduced to biological diversity and its conservation and the underlying and related concepts and principles, including species richness, evolution and natural selection, systematics/taxonomy, ecosystems, biotic interactions, endangered species, impacts of introduced organisms. 

They were able to hear several lectures delivered by Museum Curators which included Director Ireneo L. Lit, Jr., Prof. Phillip A. Alviola, Dr. Aimee Lynn B. Dupo, Prof. Ivy Amor F. Lambio, Dr. Nelson M. Pampolina, and Dr. Marian P. De Leon.

According to Course Coordinator Florante A. Cruz, the participants were also trained on various field survey techniques. He added that they were also able to learn skills such as taxidermy, entomotaxy, culture collection techniques, mycological field surveying, and herbarium specimen collection and preservation.

The learning sessions for the said survey techniques were facilitated by the Museum researchers with the help of the ever-dependable technicians of the Museum.

The course was also made special with the special participation of Macare Medicals, Inc., a trusted distributor of high-tech microscopes, who demonstrated the use of their high-tech upright and inverted microscopes that have imaging systems and software for image acquisition, processing & analysis. Participants were able to use the microscopes provided by Macare to view the specimens they have prepared during the length of the course.

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