ask theory, biodiversity conservation, lisa paguntalan

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 46: Paano Maililigtas Ng Ordinaryong Tao Ang Mga Endangered Species?

This episode features Lisa Paguntalan, the Executive Director of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. We talked about the work of a biodiversity conservationist, the challenges in Philippine biodiversity conservation, inspiring ordinary citizens to become biodiversity conservationists, the amazing rediscovery of a Philippine species once thought extinct, and more.

[0:00] A quotable quote from Lisa Paguntalan.
[1:00] Introducing Lisa.
[1:39] How Lisa fell in love with science.
[7:58] Lisa’s mission as a scientist.
[12:03] How to become a biodiversity conservationist.
[19:09] Does biodiversity conservation work ever stop?
[23:12] Giving attention to less popular endangered species.
[32:02] The species that got Lisa started in the conservation world.
[38:28] How a conservation effort saved species, improved a town’s reputation, and inspired citizens to act.
[50:34] Measuring the success of conservation efforts through an inclusive citizen campaign.
[1:03:22] The best way to reach out to Lisa – and how PBCFI can collaborate with biologists and scientists-in-training.
[1:07:10] Lisa’s advice to aspiring Filipino scientists and biodiversity conservationists.

How to contact Lisa:
Facebook: Lisa J. Paguntalan
Facebook Page: Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc.
Email: lisapaguntalan@philbio.org.ph

Listen to Ask Theory Episode 46 here:

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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.