MNH Director Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez, along with Drs. Leticia E. Afuang, Ryan Emmanuel C. de Chavez, curators of the UPLB Museum of Natural History, were at the University of Eastern Philippines, Northern Samar from 14 – 17 April 2015 and participated in the 24th Annual Philippine Biodiversity Symposium.

Gonzalez also presented on behalf of his co-authors from the Zoological Museum two papers, namely "Forest-associated vertebrates as key indicators of biodiversity in mega natural parks of the Philippines" which he wrote with Prof. Andres Tomas L. Dans, and "D.S. Rabor's Bird Collection and Knowledge on Philippine Avifauna" which we co-authored with James DV. Alvarez.

Aside from attending the symposium, Dr. Gonzalez moderated one of the sessions and judged the student presentations both oral and poster competitions. He also emceed the tribute for the late Dr. William LR. Oliver, a stout supporter of the Rabor Collection and former speaker in one of the Museum's seminars.

With the theme "Island Biodiversity Conservation: Successes, Challenges and Future Directions,” the symposium coincided with the general assembly of the Biodiversity Conservation Society of the Philippines. During the assembly, Dr. Gonzalez was elected as member of the board of the organization and will serve as its Auditor.

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