ask theory, wildlife studies, al john cabanas

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 134: Paano Ginagamit Ang “Camera Trapping” Sa Wildlife Conservation?

Al John “AJ” Cabanas is a college instructor and a former radio DJ. He took up MS Wildlife Studies minor in Animal Science at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. His research interests include camera trapping and human-wildlife interaction. He is working on a project which mainly involves studying the ecology of Philippine endemic wild pigs.

We talked about using camera trapping for environment research, shifting to a career in science, the challenges in getting funding for research in the Philippines, the Next Generation One Health fellowship, one of the world’s worst invasive species, and more.

How to contact AJ:

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  • Instagram: @ajcabanas

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