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.

JC's research interests include the following: Ornithology, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Biology, Vertebrate Systematics and Phylogeography, Tropical Evolutionary Ecology and Ethno-ornithology.  He was a Visiting Lecturer/Professor and Museum Curator at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy Sciences in 2018; a Visiting Lecturer/Professor and Museum Curator at the Kansas Natural History & Biodiversity Institute, Kansas in 2018; and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Ecology, Philipps-University Marbug in 2015.

He is recipient of the 2018 Outstanding UPLB Alumni for Biodiversity Conservation and Education, 2011 National Academy of Science and Technology (Philippines) Outstanding Young Scientist Award for Zoology, 2008 UPLB Outstanding Teacher Award for Biological Sciences, 2002 CAS Outstanding Alumni for Extension, and the 1992 Luisito S. Cuy Memorial Award for Best Undergraduate Thesis in Wildlife Biology and Systematics.

He is a member of the Biodiversity Conservation Society of the Philippines and the Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc where he became an official and trustee. Aside from these he is involved in the DA-BFAR Philippine Aquatic Red List Committee, DENR Philippine Red List Committee for Wild Fauna, Philippine Red List Committee Technical Working Group (served as Chair for Birds), NASTPh Philippine Science Heritage Center Steering Committee and the DENR Region IV-A CALABARZON Regional Cave Committee.

Selected Publications

  • 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.
  • ANG Kirschel, EC Nwankwo, JCT Gonzalez (2018) Investigation of the status of the enigmatic white-chested tinkerbird Pogoniulus makawai using molecular analysis of the type specimen. Ibis 160(3):673-680. doi:10.1111/ibi.12597
  • JCT Gonzalez, CAA Layusa, LE Afuang, MRM Duya, LR Heaney, DS Balete, DGE Tabaranza, CP Española, WAC van de Ven, AC Diesmos, RM Causaren, MLL Diesmos, RT Lagat, NDC Realubit, EY Sy, ILL Lit, Jr., JCB Naredo, EA Lastica-Ternura, SA Pasicolan, AM Tagtag, JL De Leon, TMS Lim, PS Ong. (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):73-144.
  • RC Urriza, JCT Gonzalez, MS Sanchez, JB Balatibat (2017) Post breeding biology of the Philippine eagle-owl Bubo philippensis (Strigiformes: Strigidae) on Luzon. NMP Journal of Natural History 2(1) 25-32.
  • JCT Gonzalez (2015) Growing interest for student research supports conservation of Philippine hornbills. Coraciiformes Tag: From Inside the Cavity 1(1):7-8.
  • DGE Tabaranza, E Schutz, JCT Gonzalez, LM Espiritu-Afuang (2017) Chapter 16 – Mindoro Warty Pig Sus oliveri (Groves, 1997). In Part II – Species Accounts, edited by Mario Melletti and Erik Meijaard, pp 162-169. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • PHP Gojo Cruz, LE Afuang, JCT Gonzalez, DGE Tabaranza, MD Alejado, MAO Cajano, DLE Afuang (2015) Diversity and distribution of herpetofauna in Balesin Island, Polillo, Quezon, Philippines. Sylvatrop, the Technical Journal of Philippine Ecosystems and Natural Resources 25(1 &2):37-56.
  • Manual on Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring System for Terrestrial Ecosystems: How-To Guidelines. Philippines: Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Biodiversity Management Bureau.
  • BKC Ong, VGV Paller, APO de Guia, JB Balatibat, JCT Gonzalez (2015) Prevalence of avian haemosporidians among understorey birds of Mt. Banahaw de Lucban, Philippines. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 63:279-286.
  • JCT Gonzalez, WR Oliver (2015) Philippine hornbills’ conservation status: problems and prospects. Malayan Nature Journal, 67(2):187-202.
  • 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.
  • JCT Gonzalez, BC Sheldon, NJ Collar, JA Tobias (2014) Corrigendum to a comprehensive molecular phylogeny for the hornbills (Aves: Bucerotidae), Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution  Vol. 67 (2): 468–483, MPE 68: 715. 
  • M Böhm, B Collen, JEM Baillie, P Bowles, J Chanson, N Cox, G Hammerson et al. (2013) The conservation status of the world’s reptiles. Biological Conservation 157:372-385.
  • JCT Gonzalez, BC Sheldon, JA Tobias (2013). Environmental stability and the evolution of cooperative breeding in hornbills. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280(1768):20131297.
  • JCT Gonzalez, BC Sheldon, NJ Collar, JA Tobias (2013). A comprehensive molecular phylogeny for the hornbills (Aves: Bucerotidae). Molecular phylogenetics and evolution 67(2):468-483.
  • JCT Gonzalez (2011). Enumerating the ethno-ornithological importance of Philippine hornbills. Raffles Bull Zool 24:149-161.
  • (2011) Small Mammal And Understorey Bird Species Diversity Along Elevational Gradients In Mount Makiling, Philippines, NRCP Research Journal 11(1)
  • PA Townsend, T Brooks, A Gamauf, JCT Gonzalez, NAD Mallari, G Dutson, SE Bush, DH Clayton, R Fernandez. (2008) The Avifauna of Mt. Kitanglad, Bukidnon Province, Mindanao, Philippines." Fieldiana Zoology 2008(114):1-43.
  • DE Allen, CA Oliveros, CA Española, GE Broad, JCT Gonzalez (2004) A new species of Gallirallus from Calayan island, Philippines. Forktail 20:1-7.
  • Y Shigeta, T Hiraoka, JCT Gonzalez (2002). The First Authentic Record of the Latham's Snipe Gallinago hardwickii for the Philippines. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 34(1):240-244.
  • JCT Gonzalez (1995) Status of Birds at the UP Laguna Land Grant, Luzon, Philippines. Journal of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology 27(1):12-29.