Research and Extension Personnel

  

There are only eight Research and Extension personnel who maintain the museum's eight sections (which is under a set of Curators) and the Director’s Office and provide direct assistance to the Museum's research, extension and public service activities. Below are the short profiles our the Museum's core research and extension staff.

Director Juan Carlos T. Gonzalez is MNH's curator for birds and currently Professor 4 of Zoology at the Animal Biology Division of the Institute of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UPLB. JC obtained his DPhil in Zoology at Edward Grey Institute for Field Ornithology and St. Anne's College, University of Oxford in 2012 through the support of the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program. He earned his MS (1992) and BS Zoology (1997) degrees in UPLB.

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Michelle is a licensed Forester. She finished her Bachelor of Science in Forestry, major in Forest Biotechnology from the University of the Philippines Los Baños and is currently taking her Master of Science in the same university.

Prior to joining the Museum, Michelle worked for the Foundation for the Philippine Environment, Quezon City as a Partnership Building Specialist; Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation as forester; and the San Carlos Development Board, Inc. as an agroforestry management coordinator. 

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Dr. Marian P. De Leon is University Researcher II and Curator of the Microbial Culture Collection of the UPLB Museum of Natural History. She pioneered researches on exploration of Philippine caves for novel and potential microorganisms as well as the antibiogram profile of pathogenic strains. Dr. De Leon is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Los Baños with BS in Food Technology (Major in Microbiology) and MS in Food Science (Major in Biochemistry). She then earned her PhD in Engineering Major in Material and Life Science from Osaka University.

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Jennifer completed her masters program in Plant Pathology from the Washington State University in 2011. Jenn took her BS in Agriculture, major in Plant Pathology at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños. 

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Flor is a communication professional with science, agriculture and development backgrounds and has several years of experience in journalism, semi-technical writing, and editing of news, features, technical and popular publications and documents; and publications management. A creative computer-based worker, Flor has already deployed several websites and other information portals for the academe using both open-source and proprietary platforms and available social networking sites and media. 

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Camila is an MS Wildlife Studies graduate from the University of the Philippines Los Banos, specializing in amphibians and reptiles and their genetics. During her graduate work for her Master of Science in Wildlife Studies, Camila specialized in herpetology. Her study involved a comprehensive inventory of the amphibians and reptiles of Mt. Guiting-Guiting Natural Park, a poorly studied island in the central Philippines (Sibuyan Island).

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Dave recently finished his PhD by Research at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He specializes in Entomology, particularly in ant taxonomy and diversity, but also works on bumblebees and obscure arachnids. Prior to joining the Museum, Dave taught agriculture and forestry courses at the Palawan State University. He was also a research specialist/ program technician at the School of Forestry Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, USA where he received his MS in Forest Resources.

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Jeremy is graduate of MS Forestry: Forest Biological Sciences from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He attained his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture major in entomology from the same university.

Since joining the museum in 2013, Jeremy pursued Acarology, the study of mites, as his specialization. He specifically studies the taxonomy of predatory soil mites from the order Mesostigmata. He has undergone specialized training in acarology under Dr. Leonila A. Corpuz-Raros and the Ohio State University Acarology Summer Program. Through collaborations, he has co-authored several publications describing new species of mites.

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Julius is a 2019 MS Zoology graduate from the University of the Philippines Los Banos. Prior to joining the Museum, he has already achieved experiences as an environmental management specialist, marine park ranger, researcher, and community organizer of several government and non-government organizations in Palawan.

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