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 47: Ba’t Kailangang Pangalagaan Ang Mga Paniki?
This episode features Jay Fidelino, a wildlife biologist working with the Biodiversity Research Laboratory of the University of the Philippines Diliman’s Institute of Biology. We talked about life as a wildlife biologist, working in a research laboratory, the many fascinating things about bats, common misconceptions about bats, initiatives for conservation education, and more.
[0:00] A quotable quote from Jay Fidelino.
[1:42] Introducing Jay.
[2:26] How Jay fell in love with science.
[9:34] Jay’s mission as a scientist.
[10:54] What the life of a wildlife biologist looks like.
[18:32] The work that a wildlife biologist does in a research laboratory.
[26:10] Why Jay decided to specialize in bats, and what he finds unique and fascinating about them.
[33:23] The most common misconceptions about bats.
[39:33] Upcoming development projects in the Philippines that pose environmental risks.
[43:46] Jay’s initiatives for conservation education.
[50:38] Information about Jay’s book on Philippine vertebrate biodiversity.
[58:14] The best way to reach out to Jay.
[1:00:29] Jay’s advice to aspiring Filipino scientists.
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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.