Dr. Edwino S. Fernando is MNH's curator for Palms and other Forest Plants. Fernando is currently Professor 12 at the Department of Forest Biological Sciences, College of Forestry and Natural Resources,University of the Philippines Los Baños. Edwino is a forest botanist  and plant taxonomist and specialized in the following areas: Biodiversity & Protected Areas, Biodiversity Conservation Policy and Planning, and Conservation Biology and Plant Genetic Resources.

He earned his PhD Botany (1994)from the University of New South Wales (Australia); MSc Plant Taxonomy (1981) from the University of Reading (England);  MSc Forestry (major in Forest Botany) (1980) and BS Forestry (major in Forest Biological Sciences) (1975) from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

Edwino has conducted extensive field work and taxonomic research on Philippine plants, including Arecaceae (at least 15 species have been discovered and described as new to science), and molecular phylogenetics of Simaroubaceae and allied families in Sapindales. He was a Visiting Research Fellow in the following institutions: Kyushu University, Japan (1984), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England (1986), and Molecular Systematics Laboratory, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (1996). Fernando is currently undertaking taxonomic research on the genus Calamus section Podocephalus (Arecaceae) and the ecology and conservation of metallophytes in forests on ultramafic rocks and serpentine soils.  With keen interest in plant conservation and forest restoration using native species.

Dr. Fernando has authored and co-authored more than 70 scientific and technical papers and books mainly in the fields of plant biodiversity and plant taxonomy since 1976, published mostly in international scientific journals, some of which are listed below.

Selected Publications

Lapitan, P.G., E.S. FERNANDO, M.H. Suh, R.U. Fuentes, Y.K. Shin, N.M. Pampolina, M.L. Castillo, R.P. Cereno, J.H. Lee, S. Han, & D.K. Lee (eds.). 2011. Biodiversity and Natural Resources Conservation in Protected Areas of Korea and the Philippines, 248p. ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Unit, Seoul National University, Korea. ISBN 978-89-6558-009-6.

FERNANDO, E.S. & R.P. Cereno. 2011. Biodiversity and natural resources management in the Mt Pulag National Park. Chapter 4, pp. 120-177, In Lapitan, P.G., E.S. Fernando, M.H. Suh et al. (eds.), Biodiversity and Natural Resources Conservation in Protected Areas of Korea and the Philippines, ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Unit, Seoul National University, Korea. ISBN 978-89-6558-009-6.

FERNANDO, E.S. & R.P. Cereno. 2011. Mt Pulag National Park: Conserving Biodiversity and Natural Resources on Luzon’s Highest Mountains. 32p. ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Unit, Seoul National University, Korea. ISBN 978-89-6558-008-9.

FERNANDO, E.S. 2011. Adonidia merrillii - a new wild population in the Philippines.  PALMS, Journal of the International Palm Society 55(2): 57-61.

Barcelona, J.F., E.S. FERNANDO, D.L. Nickrent, D.S. Balete, & P.B. Pelser. 2011. An amended description of Rafflesia leonardi and a revised key to Philippine Rafflesia (Rafflesiaceae). Phytotaxa 24: 24: 11-18.

Polidoro, B.A., K.E. Carpenter, L. Collins, N.C. Duke, A.M. Ellison, J.C. Ellison, E.J. Farnsworth, E.S. FERNANDO, K. Kathiresan, N.E. Koedam, S.R. Livingstone, T. Miyagi, G.E. Moore, V.N. Nam, J.E. Ong, J.H. Primavera, S.G. Salmo III, J. Sanciangco, S. Sukardjo, Y. Wang, & J.W.-H. Yong. 2010. The loss of species: Mangrove extinction risk and geographic areas of global concern. PLoS ONE 5(4): e10095. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010095.

Abraham, E.R.G., J.C.T. Gonzalez, M.L. Castillo, I.L. Lit Jr., & E.S. FERNANDO. 2010. Forest cover and biodiversity profile of the crater area of Mt Makiling, Luzon, Philippines. Asia Life Sciences Suppl. 4: 49-82.

FERNANDO, E.S., A.C. Manila, & T.M.S. Lim. 2009. Framework for the Philippine Plant Conservation Strategy and Action Plan. Pp. 92-105. In K.Y. Choo, R. Jalonen, L.T. Hong, & H.C. Sim (eds.), Forest Genetic Resources Conservation and Management: National Consultative Workshops of Seven South and Southeast Asian Countries. APFORGEN, FRIM, Bioversity International, and APAFRI, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ISBN 978-967-5221-20-0

Abasolo, M.A., E.S. FERNANDO, T.H. Borromeo, & D.M. Hautea. 2009. Cross-species amplification of Shorea microsatellite DNA markers in Parashorea malaanonan (Dipterocarpaceae). Philippine Journal of Science 138 (1): 23-28.

FERNANDO, E.S., R.P. Cereno, & S. Zona. 2009. The palms of the Makiling Botanic Gardens, Philippines. PALMS, Journal of the International Palm Society 53(1): 31-36.

FERNANDO, E.S., M.J.M. Bande, R.A. Piollo, D.D. Sopot, N.E. Dolotina, & W.G. Granert. 2009. Dipterocarpaceae of Bohol Island, Philippines. Asia Life Sciences 18(1): 121-138.

FERNANDO, E.S., M.H. Suh, J. Lee, & D.K. Lee. 2008. Forest Formations of the Philippines. 232p. ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Unit, Seoul National University, Korea. ISBN 978-89-92239-40-0

Bantayan, N.C., E.R.G. Abraham, & E.S. FERNANDO. 2008. Geodatabase development for forest restoration and biodiversity conservation in the Mt Makiling Forest Reserve, Philippines. Philippine Agricultural Scientist 91(4): 365-371. 

FERNANDO, E.S., L.L. Co, D.A. Lagunzad, W.S. Gruèzo, J.F. Barcelona, D.A. Madulid, A.B. Lapis, G.I. Texon, A.C. Manila, & P.M. Zamora. 2008. Threatened plants of the Philippines: a preliminary assessment. Asia Life Sciences Suppl. 3: 1-52.

FERNANDO, E.S. 2008. Vandopsis lissochiloides. The Orchid Review, Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society (U.K.) 116 (1280): 86-88.

Hipol, R.M., D.B. Tolentino, E.S. FERNANDO, & N.M. Cadiz. 2007. Life strategies of mosses in Mt Pulag, Benguet Province, Philippines. Philippine Journal of Science 136(1): 11-18.

Clayton, J.W., E.S. FERNANDO, P.S. Soltis, & D.E. Soltis. 2007. Molecular phylogeny of the Tree-of-Heaven family (Simaroubaceae) based on chloroplast and nuclear markers. International Journal of Plant Sciences 168(9): 1325–1339.

Clayton, J.W., E.S. FERNANDO, P.S. Soltis, & D.E. Soltis. 2007. Historical biogeography and diversification in the tree-of-heaven family (Simaroubaceae, Sapindales) (Abstract). p. 178, In Plant Biology and Botany 2007 Program and Abstract Book. Botanical Society of America, Chicago, USA.

Norup, M.V., J. Dransfield, M.W. Chase, A.S. Barfod, E.S. Fernando, & W.J. Baker. 2006. Homoplasious character combinations and generic delimitation: a case study from the Indo-Pacific arecoid palms (Arecaceae: Areceae). American Journal of Botany 93(7): 1065-1080.

Calderon, M.M., J.T. Dizon, R.P. Cereno, J.R. Barile, A.L.S. Bais, & E.S. FERNANDO. 2006. Water users and the management of the Mt. Isarog Natural Park:  a contingent valuation study. Journal of Environmental Science and Management 9(1): 30-43.

Koh, K.S., E.S. FERNANDO, B.Y. Sun, M.H. Suh, & H.Y. Kong. 2006. Information management of plant biodiversity in tropical forests. Forest Science and Technology 2(1): 13-17

Fernando, E.S., D.A. Lagunzad, N.A. Mallari, & P.L. Alviola. 2005. Chapter 6, Biodiversity. Pp. 151-166. In R.D. Lasco & M.V.O. Espaldon (eds.), Ecosystems and People: The Philippine Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) Sub-Global Assessment. College of Forestry and Natural Resources, The University of the Philippines - Los Baños. ISBN 971-547-237-0. 

FERNANDO, E.S. 2005. Restoring the Philippine Rain Forests. Haribon Policy Paper No. 2, 48p. Haribon Foundation, Quezon City, Philippines. ISBN 971-93188-8-0.

FERNANDO, E.S. & P.S. Ong. 2005. The genus Rafflesia R.Br. (Rafflesiaceae) in the Philippines. Asia Life Sciences 14(2): 263-270.

FERNANDO, E.S., B.Y. Sun, M.H. Suh, H.Y. Kong, & K.S. Koh. 2004. Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mt Makiling. 368p. ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Unit, Seoul National University, Korea. ISBN 89-955147-1-X 96480. (reprinted in 2005).

Malabrigo, P.L. Jr. & E.S. FERNANDO. 2003. Interactive identification and information retrieval on the Philippine rattans (Abstract). Proceedings of the XIIth World Forestry Congress, September 2003 Quebec, Canada.

FERNANDO, E.S. 2003. Biotechnology in the context of biodiversity.  In Proceedings of the Brainstorming Session on Enabling Regulatory Framework for the Promotion of Agricultural Developments in Biotechnology. 19 November 2003, PCARRD, Los Baños. In CD-ROM format. Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development, Los Baños.

Razal, R.A, E.L. Tolentino, Jr., M.U. Garcia, E.S. FERNANDO, N.T. Baguinon, M.O. Quimado, L.A. Donoso, & A.C. Luna. 2003.  Status of forest genetic resources conservation and management in the Philippines. Pp. 229-264. In T. Luano-aho, L.T. Hong, V. Ramanatha Rao & H.C. Sim (eds.), Forest Genetic Resources Conservation and Management: Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Forest Genetic Resources Programme (APFORGEN) Inception Workshop, July 15-18, 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

FERNANDO, E.S. 2002. Comments on R.J. Fisher’s “Common Property Regimes in Mountain Regions: Risks and Governance of Biodiversity”. In Proceedings of the Asia High Summit 2002. 06-10 May 2002, Kathmandu, Nepal. In CD-ROM format. International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu. www.icimod.org.np. ISBN 929115622-1.

Barcelona, J.F. & E.S. FERNANDO. 2002. A new species of Rafflesia (Rafflesiaceae) from Panay Island, Philippines. Kew Bulletin 57(3): 647-651.

FERNANDO, E.S. 2001. Diversity, endemism, and rarity in the palm flora of the Philippines. Pp. 182-195. In D.S. Cho (ed.), Biodiversity – Status, Conservation and Restoration: Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Plant Biology, , The Botanical Society of Korea, The Botanical Society of Japan, and The Catholic University of Korea, Puchon, Korea.

FERNANDO, E.S. 2001. Genetic resource conservation strategies for timber trees in the Philippines. Pp. 69-82. In B.A. Thielges, S.S. Sastrapradja, & A. Rimbawanto (eds.), In Situ and Ex Situ Conservation of Commercial Tropical Trees, International Tropical Timber Organization and Gadja Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. ISBN 979-96652-0-5.

FERNANDO, E.S. & E.D. Sotalbo. 2001. A new species of Heterospathe with undivided leaves from the Philippines. PALMS, Journal of the International Palm Society 45(3): 118-122.

Malabrigo, P.L. Jr. & E.S. FERNANDO. 2001. An account of the rattan flora of the Philippines. FPRDI Journal 27 (1 & 2): 113-120.

FERNANDO, E.S., C.S. Torres, J.O. Sargento, E.O. Peralta, & J.R. Barile.  2000. Mt Makiling Conservation and Development Master Plan: An Overview. Pp. 25-32. In H.A. Francisco et al., (eds.), Economic Instruments for the Makiling Forest Reserve. College of Forestry and Natural Resources, The University of the Philippines - Los Baños.

FERNANDO, E.S. & R.P. Cereno. 2000. Pinanga bicolana: a critically endangered palm species from the Philippines. Species 33: 62.