Papa and Alejandro Win Best Posters
In the gathering of systematic biologists and biodiversity enthusiasts from the Philippines and other countries, who shared research findings on Philippine and Asian biodiversity, it is Assoc. Prof. Rey Donne S. Papa, Ph. D. and Prof. Grecebio Jonathan D. Alejandro, Ph.D. of UST – College of Science who stood out. They are this year’s recipients of Best Poster Award for Zoology and Botany, respectively. The award was given during the annual meeting of the Association of Systematic Biologists (ASBP) of the Philippines 2013 held on May 23-25, 2013 at Saint Louis University, Baguio City.
Dr. Papa’s poster is Biodiversity of freshwater gastropods in Lake Taal with emphasis on radular morphology. This was co-authored with Jaybee J. Balilea, Yuri A. Cabiscuelas, Lexus P. Cahimat, Edwin L. Divina, and Anne-Geneve A. Adorable.
Dr. Bong Alejandro whose poster is in the field of Botany worked with Nicole B. Manalastas, Ma. Angelica Patricia F. Belen, Julienne Francine R. Buhay, Rafael A. Espejo, and Mark P. Mangila in conceptualizing and working on the Phylogenetic studies of two endemic Philippine species of Ixora L. (Rubiaceae) including a novel species.
Likewise, Dr. Alejandro’s student, Ms. Aby Sanota who represented the group won 2nd Place in the Young Systematists Forum. MA Poblete, LA Suyo, VM Uy, and JGD Alejandro are also part of the group that developed the paper, Reinstatement of Drepananthus philippinensis (Annonaceae) and the discovery of a novel Philippine endemic species of Mycetia (Rubiaceae).
These posters presented are in response to this year’s theme, “Systematics in Ethnobiology: Biology in partnership with culture and economy”. An annual activity, this year’s academic gathering was hosted by the Department of Biology, School of Natural Sciences, Saint Louis University, Baguio City in cooperation with the Department of Biology of the University of the Philippines -- Baguio and the Benguet State University.