Arvin C. Diesmos
Field of award: Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Science
Year awarded: 2008
Division: Biological Sciences
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of wildlife ecology and environmental science particularly on systematics, ecology, and conservation of Philippine amphibians and reptiles. His over 30 scientific works on invasion biology, taxonomic descriptions and revisions, biogeography, evolutionary biology, conservation status assessments, and faunistics have been published in international and national peer-reviewed journals. He is actively involved in the periodic assessments of the conservation status of the country’s amphibian and reptilian species. Along with Filipino and American colleagues, he has championed herpetological research in the Philippines, which has led to discoveries of over 60 new species of frogs, lizards, and snakes. These collaborative activities bring the Philippines to the front of global amphibian and reptilian biodiversity and endemism research and herpetological conservation.
Education: MS (Wildlife Studies) (Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Science), University of the Philippines Los Baños; BS (Biology) (Animal Ecology), University of the Philippines Los Baños