MNH thesis student and BS Biology graduate Sharri L. Guerra won first place for Undergraduate Oral Presentation during the 26th Philippine Biodiversity Symposium at Ateneo de Manila University last 18-22 July 2017. The symposium, themed "New and Emerging New Trends in Biodiversity Research and Conservation" was organized by the Biodiversity Conservation Society of the Philippines.

Sharri's presentation on the "Bioacoustics of Philippine Hornbills" and garnered the highest score from the panel of judges. As part of her thesis, she recorded and analyzed calls of captive hornbills at Avilon Zoo in Rodriguez, Rizal and evaluated the difference in their call signatures as a criteria to delineate species of Philippine hornbills. Her research outcompeted 6 undergraduate presentations.

Sharri Guerra, second from left, is awarded by BCSP officials.

Three more MNH thesis students also presented their papers at the symposium. Frex Dimaculangan presented his research on the emergence behavior of a multi-species assemblage of bats in a cave in Mt. Makiling while Dave Bernaldez discussed on the rates of ectoparasitism in the bat Scotophilus kuhlii. Maezzie Toledo presented on the sensory cues in the feeding of the fruit bat Ptenochirus jagori.

Curator for Mammals Dr. Anna Pauline de Guia also presented the initial results of the MNH-based Forest Canopi Project while museum researcher David Emmanuel General talked about the new genus of ant he has discovered. Finally, researcher Julius Parcon also presented a poster which he co-authored with MNH curator Dr. Emmanuel Ryan De Chavez on the diversity of mollusks at the UP Land Grant.

BCSP organizes the said annual symposium to provide a platform for biodiversity researchers, students, conservationists, and enthusiasts to present their outputs and projects. This year's symposium highlighted the technologies and breakthroughs that are can be used in biodiversity research and conservation.


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