• The Biodiversity Research Laboratory was set up to answer a very simple question: “Are we succeeding in conserving Philippine Biodiversity?” Long term ecological research is key to produce answers that are comparable across space and across time. Major research components include understanding tropical forest dynamics and how wildlife responds, biology of selected Philippine biodiversity including Philippine Eagles, tarsiers, flying foxes, and pangolins, among others and establishing a reference collection of DNA barcodes of Philippine biodiversity and wildlife forensics. Funding had been provided by the Energy Development Corporation, FG Hydro, Holcim, Foundation for the Philippine Environment, Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Diliman Science Research Foundation, Foundation for Integrative and Development Studies, UP, Commision on Higher Education, Biodiversity Management Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources) and international organizations (ASEAN Center for Biodiversity and the Center for Tropical Forest Science-Smithsonian Institution).

  • Perry S. Ong, Ph.D. (Head)
    Professor 11, UP Scientist III
    Ph.D. Behavioral Ecology
    Wildlife Biology, Biodiversity Conservation, and Behavior Ecology
    Francis S. Magbanua, PH.D.
    Assistant Professor 7
    Ph.D. Zoology
    Freshwater Ecology
    Jonathan A. Anticamara, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor 2
    Ph.D. Resource Management and Environmental Studies
    Conservation and Restoration Ecology
    Carmela P. Española, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor 6
    Ph.D. Conservation Ecology
    Conservation Ecology; Wildlife Biology; Ornithology; Avian Frugivore Ecology
    Lillian Jennifer V. Rodriguez, M.Sc.
    Instructor
    M.S.Biology
    Plant-Insect Interactions
    Mariano Roy M. Duya, M.Sc.
    Senior Biologist, Senior Lecturer
    MS in Wildlife Studies
    Taxonomy, Biogeography and Ecology of Wildlife Vertebrates
    Melizar V. Duya, B.Sc.
    Senior Biologist
    B. Sc. Biology
    Comprehensive Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring Program of the Pantabangan-Caranglan Watershed (FGEN)
    Marisol dG. Pedregosa, M.Sc.
    University Researcher/Senior Lecturer
    M.Sc. in Wildlife Studies
    Biodiversity Conservation and Monitoring Program (BCMP)
    John Michael M. Galindon, B.Sc.
    Research Assistant
    B.Sc. Forestry
    Comprehensive Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring Program of the Pantabangan-Caranglan Watershed (FGEN)
    Jay S. Fidelino, B.Sc.
    Research Assistant
    B.Sc. Biology
    Biodiversity Conservation and Monitoring Program (UP-EDC)
    Claire Ann G. Elmido, B.Sc.
    Research Assistant
    B.Sc. Forestry
    Biodiversity Conservation and Monitoring Program (UP-EDC)
    Josemaria M. Fuentes, B. Sc.
    Research Assistant
    B.Sc. Biology
    Reintroduction of the Phil. Eagle in Leyte: Ensuring the Survival of the King of Birds (UP-DENR-PEF)
    Jaime M. Mangalindan
    Local Researcher
    Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed Program (FGEN)
    Mimie M. Ledesma
    Senior Biologist
    M.Sc. Wildlife Studies
    Biodiversity Action Plan (HOLCIM)
    Renz Angelo J. Duco
    Research Assistant
    B.Sc. Biology
    Biodiversity Action Plan (HOLCIM)
    Lemuel A. Pabico
    Research Assistant
    B.Sc. Biology
    Comprehensive Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring Program of the Pantabangan-Caranglan Watershed (FGEN)
    Lindsay Claire D. Carandang
    Research Assistant
    B.Sc. Biology
    Biodiversity Action Plan (HOLCIM)
    Russel R. Atienza
    Research Assistant
    B.Sc. Biology
    Biodiversity Action Plan (HOLCIM)
    Lystra Zyrill A. Dayapera
    Research Assistant
    B.Sc. Biology
    Entering Interdisciplinary Research Program in Palanan, Isabela (EIDR)
    Christopher John A. Pueblo
    Research Assistant
    B.Sc. Biology
    Entering Interdisciplinary Research Program in Palanan, Isabela (EIDR)
    Janine R. Tolod
    Research Assistant
    B.Sc. Biology
    Unlocking the Mysteries of the Rafflesia: Long-term Monitoring of the Pantabangan Rafflesia (FGEN)

    Collaborators

    Dr. Rafe M. Brown – University of Kansas
    Dr. Lawrence R. Heaney – Field Museum of Natural History
    Mr. Danilo S. Balete – Field Museum of Natural History
    Dr. Arvin C. Diesmos – National Museum of the Philippines
    Ms. Ma. Josefa S. Veluz – National Museum of the Philippines
    Dr. Victor B. Amoroso – Central Mindanao University
    Visayas State University
    Philippine Eagle Foundation
    Protected Areas & Wildlife Bureau – DENR

    • Mist Netting in Permanent Forest Dynamics Plot
    • Biodiversity Baseline Assessment (Trapping, Bird and Herps Transect)
    • Habitat Analysis and Characterization
    • Philippine Eagle Prey-based Assessment
    • Canopy Crown Cover Transect
    • Wild Duck Monitoring
    • Flying Fox Monitoring
    • Telemetry of Fruit Bats and Tarsier
    • Building Library of Bat Acoustics
    • Museum Work (Cataloging Specimens)
    • Database Work
  • Current Projects

    • 2016-Present: From Genes to Ecosystems: Understanding Fruit Bat Diversity and its Ecological Interactions with Plants in Tropical Lowland Forests (UP-EIDR)

      Project sites: Palanan, Isabela

    • 2008 – present: Biodiversity Conservation and Monitoring Program in Five(5) Energy Development Corporation Geothermal Power Plants

      Project sites: Northern & Southern Negros, Albay-Sorsogon, Southern Leyte, and Northern Mindanao

    • 2011 – present: Biodiversity Conservation and Monitoring Program – Wildlife Flagship Species Program

      Project sites: Northern & Southern Negros, Albay-Sorsogon, Southern Leyte, and Northern Mindanao

    • 2011 – present: Comprehensive Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring Program of the Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed, First Gen Hydro Power Corporation

      Project site: Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija

    • 2013 – present: Reintroducing the Philippine eagle in Leyte: Ensuring the Survival of the King of Birds

      Project site: Leyte and Samar

    • 2013 – 2014 (Completed): Commission on Higher Education Biodiversity and Resilience Program (From Genes to Ecosystems: Understanding Biodiversity at Various Scales)

      Project sites: Isabela and Southern Leyte

    • 2013 – 2014 (Completed): Using Science-based Evidence to prosecute the Pangolin Poachers

      Project site: Palawan

    • 2013: University of the Philippines-Holcim Philippines, Inc.: Biodiversity Action Plan Implementation and Monitoring Program

      Project sites: La Union, Bulacan, Pangasinan, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Misamis Oriental, and Sarangani

    • 2013: University of the Philippines-Energy Development Corporation Forest Succession Project.


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    • Ramsier, M.A., Cunningham, A.J., Moritz, G.L., Finneran, J.J., Williams, C.V., Ong, P.S., Gursky-Doyen, S.L., and Dominy, N.J. 2012.Primate communication in the pure ultrasound. Biology Letters 8(4): 508-511.
    • Anticamara, J. A., Pasion, B. O., Gonzales,R. S., Duya, M.R. M., Ong, P. S. 2012. Understanding High Altitude Reforestation in Mt. Apo, Philippines. Eurasian Journal of Forest Research, 15(1): 31-43.
    • Luczon, A.U., Torres, A.F., Quilang, J.P., Ong, P.S. and Fontanilla, I.K.C. 2013. DNA barcoding of birds in the University of the Philippines Diliman campus, with emphasis on striated grassbirds Megalurus palustris. Philippine Journal of Science 142(1): 1-11.
    • Ramsier, M. A., Cunningham, A. J., Moritz, G. L., Williams, C. V., Ong, P. S., & Dominy, N. J. 2011. Auditory sensitivity of the Philippine tarsier, Tarsius syrichta. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 144: 247-248.
    • Aquino L.M.G., Tango J.M., Canoy R.J.C., Fontanilla I.K.C., Basiao Z.U., Ong P.S., Quilang JP. 2011. DNA barcoding of fishes of Laguna de Bay, Philippines. Mitochondrial DNA 22(4): 143–153.
    • Quilang J.P., Santos B.S., Ong P.S., Basiao Z.U., Fontanilla I.K.C., and Cao E.P. 2011. DNA Barcoding of the Philippine endemic freshwater sardine Sardinella tawilis (Clupeiformes: Clupeidae) and its marine relatives. Philippine Agricultural Scientist 94(3): 248-257.
    • Aquilino, S.V.L., Tango, J.M., Fontanilla, I.K.C.,Pagulayan, R.C., Basiao, Z.U., Ong, P.S. and Quilang, J.P. 2011. DNA barcoding of the icthyofauna of Taal Lake, Philippines. Molecular Ecology Resources.
    • Ong, P.S., Luczon, A.U., Quilang, J.P., Sumaya, A.M.T., Ibañez, J.C., Salvador, D.J. and Fontanilla, I.K.C. 2011. DNA barcodes of Philippine accipitrids. Molecular Ecology Resources 11: 245-254.
    • Luczon, Adrian U., A. H. M. M. Isa, J. P. Quilang, P. S. Ong, I. K. C. Fontanilla. 2010. DNA barcoding of the White-Collared KingfisherTodiramphus chloris (Boddaert 1783) (Alcedinidae) using the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I gene. Philippine Science Letters 3: 74-77.
    • Lohman, David J., K. K. Ingram, D. M. Prawiradilaga, K. Winker, F. H. Sheldon, R. G. Moyle, P. K.L. Ng, P. S. Ong, L. K. Wang, T. M. Braile, D. Astuti, R. Meier. 2010. Cryptic genetic diversity in “widespread” Southeast Asian bird species suggests that Philippine avian endemism is gravely underestimated. Biological Conservation 143: 1885-1890
    • LAWRENCE R. HEANEY, DANILO S. BALETE. PHILLIP A. ALVIOLA, MARIANO ROY M. DUYA, ERIC A. RICKART. Submitted.TheSmall Mammals of Mt. Anacuao, Northeastern Luzon Island, Philippines: A Test of Predictions of Luzon Mammal BiodiversityPatterns National Museum Papers, Vol. xx, No. xx, xxxx.
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    • SILER, C.D., P. ALVIOLA, R.D. BANIQUED AND M.R. DUYA. 2012. Natural history notes on diet of Brachymelesboulengeri. Herpetological Review. 43(1):130.
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    • WELTON, L.J., C. D. SILER, D. BENNETT, A. DIESMOS, MARIANO ROY M. DUYA, R. DUGAY, E. L. B. RICO, M. VAN WEERD AND R. M. BROWN 2010. A spectacular new Philippine monitor lizard reveals a hidden biogeographic boundary and a novel flagship species for conservation. Biol. Lett. published online 7 April 2010. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0119
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    • BROWN, R. M., C. W. LINKEM, A. C. DIESMOS, D. S. BALETE, MELIZAR V. DUYA AND J. FERNER. 2010. Species boundaries in Philippine montane forest Sphenomorphus: three new species from the mountains of Luzon and clarification of the status of the poorly-known S. beyeri, and S. knollmanaeand S. laterimaculatus. Scientific Papers of the Natural History Museum of the University of Kansas 42:1–27
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