Dr. Manuel L. Castillo is MNH's curator for Native Forest Trees. He is at present Professor 4 at the Department of Forest Biological Sciences, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UPLB. Sir Manny finished his studies in UPLB: PhD in Forestry: Forest Biological Sciences (Forest Taxonomy-Floristics) in 2001; Master of Forestry in 1988; and BS Forestry in 1983.

Sir Manny is a much sought after lecturer and trainer on biodiversity impact assessment, environmental rehabilitation and restoration, establishment and use of permanent plots, collection and preservation of plant specimens for herbarium, dendrology and tree identification, and preparation of biodiversity management plans.

Selected Publications

  • ML Castillo, LA Castillo, MS Canceran, KJP Gonzalvo, LD Barua, AC Algere, VO Barredo-Parducho, EC Gestiada, RV Breva, NC Bantayan (2018) Distribution, Diversity and Spatial Analysis of Tree Species in a Long-Term Ecological Research Plot in Molawin-Dampalit Watershed, Mount Makiling Forest Reserve. Asian Journal of Biodiversity 9:12-36
  • PG Lapitan, NM Balahadia, JB Balatibat, NC Bantayan, CA Calimag, ML Castillo, PC Dolom, PJM Eleazar, AM Mora, NM Pampolina, EO Peralta (2018) Science-based Management and Upland Community Development in the Philippines: The Case of Mount Makiling Forest Reserve. University of the Philippines Press.
  • EC Gestiada, AS Gestiada, ML Castillo, NC Bantayan, JB Balatibat (2016) Tree Vegetation Diversity, Distribution and Structure across the Elevation Gradients and Habitat Types of Mt. Banahaw de Majayjay, Philippines. Ecosystems and Development Journal 6(1): 23-26
  • JT Dizon, ML Castillo (2016) Threats assessment and management of the Baua-Wangag Watershed Forest Reserve in Gonzaga, Cagayan Province, Philippines. Asia Life Sciences 25(1):367-378
  • RJL Argamosa, EC Paringit, GP Zaragosa, NC Bantayan, CAG Ibañez, RAG Faelga, MAV Posilero, NA Dimayacyac, KJ Gonzalvo, ML Castillo (2015) Estimation of tropical forest tree diameter at breast height from airborne lidar metrics. Proceedings of the 2015 Asian Conference on Remote Sensing.
  • LA Castillo, PG Lapitan, JB Balatibat, ML Castillo, NC Bantayan (2015) Spatial Distribution of Kalantas (Toona calantas Merr. & Rolfe) in the Molawin-Dampalit Watershed, Mount Makiling Forest Reserve, Philippines. Ecosystems and Development Journal 5(3)
  • EC Gestiada, ML Castillo, NC Bantayan, JB Balatibat (2014) Butterfly Species Diversity and Habitat Heterogeneity across Altitudinal Gradients of Mt. Banahaw de Majayjay, Philippines. Ecosystems and Development Journal 5(1)
  • HJ Kim, TG Kim, EH Kim, ML Castillo, DS Cho (2011) Gap characteristics and natural regeneration in Mt. Makiling rainforest, the Philippines. Journal of Ecology and Environment 34(2):157-165
  • ERG Abraham, JCT Gonzalez, ML Castillo, IL Lit Jr, ES Fernando (2010) Forest cover and biodiversity profile of the crater area of Mt. Makiling, Luzon, Philippines. Asia Life Sciences Supplement 4:49-82
  • LA Bugayong, JT Dizon, RRE Mariano, NM Balahadia, LA Castillo, RV Breva, RF Paelmo, PG Lapitan (2008) The socio-economic dimensions of sustainable management at the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. USM R&D Journal 16(1):78-88
  • Y Choung, D Cho, K Bae, ML Castillo, S Woo,Y Lee, DK Lee (2005) Stand Structure and Dynamics in a Tropical Rainforest of Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve, Philippines. Integrative Biosciences 9, p.B411.