The UPLB Museum of Natural History family has reaped another bountiful harvest in this year's university awards for outstanding employees.

In ceremonies to held today at the Student Union Makiling Ballroom, MNH technician Eduardo G. Eres along with curators Prof. Ivy Amor F. Lambio, Dr. Sheryl A. Yap and DOST Scientist I Mario V. Navasero will be feted as among the university's best during the annual Convocation Program for Outstanding UPLB Personnel.

Mr. Eduardo G. Eres, Museum Technician I was adjudged as the 2015 Outstanding Administrative Staff (Craftsman/Technician Category).

Kuya Ed was cited for his vital and notable contributions to the Museum of Natural History as exemplified by his dedication to and perseverance in his work. His willingness to learn and share knowledge has ensured efficient delivery of MNH services despite the limited resources of the Museum.

On the other hand, Prof. Ivy Amor F. Lambio, MNH Curator for Mosses and Assistant Professor 2 at the Institute of Biological Sciences was chosen as the 2015 Outstanding Teacher Award in the Biological Sciences discipline (Senior Faculty category).

Ma'm Ivy was recognized for her innovative teaching style which has transformed traditional classroom activities into dynamic hubs of creativity and critical thinking, and for bringing the wonders of local scientific research into the classroom.

Another awardee, Dr. Sheryl A. Yap, Assistant Professor 2 at the Crop Protection Cluster and MNH Curator for Weevils and Hoppers won the 2015 Outstanding Researcher Award (Junior Faculty/Natural Sciences Category).

Ma'm Sheng was chosen to receive the award for her discovery, co-discovery and description of seven insect species which provided additional information on their biodiversity and species composition. She was cited for also establishing and maintaining research collaboration with international partners on the documentation of Philippine biodiversity.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mario V. Navasero, MNH Curator for Psylloids and Scientist I at the Crop Protection Cluster, received the 2015 Outstanding Researcher Award (Senior REPS/Natural Sciences Category)

Sir Mario was recognized for his significant contribution in the understanding and management of the most recent pest outbreak of the coconut scale insect (CSI) in the CALABARZON and for discovering an encyrtid parasitoid of the adult CSI. Navasero was also recognized for contributing information through research on other emerging insect pests such as Brontispa in coconut and the black armyworm, Spodoptera exempta

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