Dr. Leticia E. Afuang is a wildlife conservationist, herpetologist and faculty (Professor 2) at the Animal Biology Division of the Institute of Biological Sciences where she does research in wildlife biology, systematics, taxonomy and ecology of herpetofauna. She engages in environmental science conservation and management research and extension in protected and/or biodiversity significant areas. Her research interests include amphibian and reptile biology, diversity, distribution and conservation.

Ma’m Letty got her BS Zoology from UP Diliman in 1979 while her MS Zoology and PhD Environmental Science degrees were garnered from UPLB in 1985 and 2003, respectively.

She is a founding member of the Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc., has served as its founding President and is currently the Vice President. Dr. Afuang is also a founding member of the Biodiversity Conservation Society of the Philippines. She is the vice chair of the Reptiles and Amphibians Technical Working Group (TWG) subcommittee for the Philippine Red List of Threatened Committee for Wild Fauna.

Selected Publications

  • LE Afuang, KL Cielo, NDG Castro (2018) Mindoro Treasures (Teaching Reference for Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Resources): An Environmental Sourcebook. Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (MBCFI). 450 pp.
  • PHP Gojo Cruz, LE Afuang, JCT Gonzalez, WSM Gruezo (2018) Amphibians and Reptiles of Luzon Island, Philippines: the Herpetofauna of Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed, Nueva Ecija Province, Caraballo Mountain Range. Asian Herpetological Research 9(4):201–223 DOI: 10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.180050
  • JCT Gonzalez, CAA Layusa, LE Afuang, MRM Duya, LR Heaney, DS Balete†, DGE Tabaranza, CP Espanola, WAC van de Ven, AC Diesmos, RM Causaren, MLL Diesmos, RT Lagat, NDC Realubit, EY Sy, IL Lit Jr, PAC Buenavente, JCB Naredo, EA Lastica-Ternura, SA Pasicolan, A Tagtag, JL De Leon, PS Ong, TMS Lim (2018) Review and Update of the 2004 National List of Threatened Terrestrial Fauna of the Philippines. SYLVATROP: The Technical Journal of Philippine Ecosystems and Natural Resources 28(1):73-145.
  • PHP Gojo Cruz, LE Afuang, JCT Gonzalez, WSM Gruezo (2018) Distribution and diversity patterns of herpetofauna in the Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed, Nueva Ecija, Caraballo Mountain Range, Philippines. Biodiversity Data Journal doi: 10.3897/BDJ.7.e31638. Open Access in Pensoft Journal. https://arpha.pensoft.net/preview_src.php?document_id28Sept2018.
  • PHP Gojo Cruz, LE Afuang (2018) The Zoogeographic Significance of Caraballo Mountain Range, Luzon Island, Philippines With Focus on the Biogeography of Luzon’s Herpetofauna. Philippine Journal of Science 147(3):393-409
  • EA Lastica-Ternura, LE Afuang, JB Balatibat, JS Masangkay (2016) Ecological implications of domestic cat ranges on the Calayan Rail in the forest sanctuary of Calayan Island. SYLVATROP: The Technical Journal of Philippine Ecosystems and Natural Resources 28(1):18-28.
  • PHP Gojo Cruz, LE Afuang, JCT Gonzalez, GE Tabaranza, MD Alejado, MAO Cajano, DLE Afuang (2016) Diversity and distribution of herpetofauna of Balesin Island, Polillo, Quezon, Philippines. Sylvatrop The Technical Journal of Philippine Ecosystems and Natural Resources. 26(1&2):20-37.
  • AC Diesmos, JL Watters, NA Huron, DR Davis, AC Alcala, RI Crombie, LE Afuang, G Gee-Das, RV Sison, MB Sanguila, ML Penrod, MJ Labonte, CS Davey, EA Leone, ML Diesmos, EY Sy, LJ Welton, RM Brown, CD Siler (2015) Amphibians of the Philippines, Part 1: Checklist of the Species. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences Series 4 Volume 62, Part 3, No. 20
  • AV Lacaste, LE Afuang, JCT Gonzalez (2015) Comparison of herpetofaunal diversity among four major islands of Batanes Province, Northern Philippines. Journal of Nature Studies 14(1):36-46
  • PA Alviola, JPA Macasaet, LE Afuang, EA Cosico, EG Eres (2015) Cave-Dwelling Bats of Marinduque Island, Philippines. Museum Publications in Natural History 4:1-17