MNH researcher James DV. Alvarez and graduate student Camila G. Meneses recently presented the outputs of their research during the Rufford Small Grants Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam from 19-20 October 2018.

The conference themed "Strengthening the Network of the Rufford Foundation Recipients in Southeast Asia" convened past and current recipients of the Rufford Smalls Grants (RSG). The RSG is a UK-based organization which provides grants for research and conservation projects.

Alvarez and Meneses received their RSG grants in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The grants supported their research work in Mt. Guiting-guiting Natural Park (MGGNP) in Sibuyan Island, Romblon.

Meneses presented on the amphibians and repltiles of MGGNP while Alvarez discussed about the bats of the island. Both of their projects further highlighted the collaborative work between the UPLB Musuem of Natural History and the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources in pursuing biodiversity research in the island.

Four other representatives from the University of the Philippines attended the conference: aProf. Zhereeleen Meneses (Institute of Biological Sciences, UPLB), Al John Cabanas (UPLB Graduate School, UPLB), Rica Teresa Dungong and Gianinan Cassandra May Apego (Institute of Biology, UP Diliman).


 


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