Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.
Episode 44: Paano Makakuha Ng Post-Grad Scholarship Sa Tropical Biodiversity And Ecosystems Program?
This episode features Kristine Buenafe, a quantitative marine biologist. She is a graduate of the TROPIMUNDO program, an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems. We talked about quantitative marine biology, community-based species conservation and management, marine protected areas, the TROPIMUNDO program, the dynamics of biodiversity conservation, and more.
[0:00] A quotable quote from Kristine Buenafe.
[1:33] Introducing Kristine.
[2:00] More information about Kristine.
[3:42] Kristine’s mission as a scientist.
[4:55] The work of a quantitative marine biologist.
[7:48] Why it’s important to clearly define the boundaries of a marine protected area (MPA).
[9:30] Why some fisheries managers don’t like to hear the word “conservation.”
[11:15] The complex dynamics of biodiversity conservation.
[15:00] Why species conservation must be inclusive, and why the Philippines is considered a pioneer in community-based species conservation and management.
[16:50] The biggest challenge Kristine faced as a researcher.
[18:50] More information about the Erasmus Mundus TROPIMUNDO Master Degree Program, and why Pinoys would want to apply for it.
[23:12] The perks of being in the TROPIMUNDO program.
[24:16] The application timeline and process for the 2021 TROPIMUNDO program.
[26:49] What Kristine learned after joining the TROPIMUNDO program.
[31:40] Applying the lessons from the TROPIMUNDO program in Kristine’s professional career.
[33:54] The best way to reach out to Kristine.
[35:17] Kristine’s advice to aspiring Filipino scientists.
How to contact Kristine:
Facebook: Tin Buenafe
TROPIMUNDO Program FAQ: https://tropimundo.eu/userfiles/files/tropimundo_faq.pdf
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Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco
Bitten by the science writing bug, Mikael has years of writing and editorial experience under his belt. As the editor-in-chief of FlipScience, Mikael has sworn to help make science more fun and interesting for geeky readers and casual audiences alike.