ask theory, marine mammal conservation, lemnuel aragones

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 105: Kulang Ba Ang Alam Natin Sa Sarili Nating Marine Mammals?

Dr. Lemnuel Aragones is a professor at UP Diliman’s Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM). He has been studying marine mammals since 1988. He is recognized for his significant contributions in marine zoology research, particularly on the biology, ecology, and conservation of the dugong (sea cow) and the green turtle.

We talked about the different marine mammals in the Philippines, why strandings happen and what we can learn from them, why the Philippines lacks a true “culture of science,” why there are so few scientists studying marine mammals in the Philippines, concrete ways an ordinary Filipino can help save marine animals, and more.

How to contact Dr. Lemnuel:

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  • Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network (PMMSN):

Listen to Ask Theory Episode 105 here:

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