Leticia E. Afuang

Leticia E. Afuang
University of the Philippines Los Baños | UPLB · Animal Biology Division, Institute of Biological Sciences and Museum of Natural History, Los Banos Laguna

PhD Environmental Science and Management

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Introduction
I am currently a Professor at the Animal Biology Division, Institute of Biological Sciences and a Curator at the Museum of Natural History, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). My researches are on Biology, Ecology, Distribution, Conservation Biology and Systematics (Taxonomy) of Philippine wildlife, primarily the amphibians and reptiles. I actively lead or engage in wildlife conservation education to communities and local teachers (DEPED and SCUs).

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Montane amphibians are vulnerable to environmental and climatic changes. Species response to these changes can be better understood by analyzing how amphibian communities differ along environmental gradients. We utilized both taxonomic and functional approaches to determine patterns of distribution in montane amphibians in the southern Philippines....
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The book is a teaching reference guide for both science and non-science teachers who handle primary and secondary education. It provides quick data information on Philippine and Mindoro biodiversity. It is designed as a special information and inspiration source adapted to the new K-12 Curriculum and focused on Mindoro’s biodiversity and its conser...
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The herpetological knowledge of southern Mindanao is one of the largest gaps in Philippine herpetology. To augment this, we generated a comprehensive list of amphibians and reptiles found along the southern slope of Mount Busa in Sarangani Province, Philippines between June 2018 and August 2020 using opportunistic sampling in various microhabitats...
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Distribution mapping surveys of the endangered endemic Philippine teak (Tectona philippinensis Benth. & Hook.f.) was conducted on Ilin and Ambulong Islands, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines from 2017–2019. It aimed to provide critical and updated information for the management and conservation of the species. A total of 2,140 Philippine teak individ...
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The recent extensive survey conducted in the Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed, located in the Caraballo Mountain Range during the rainy season (October to November) resulted in the recording of fifty-nine (59) species of amphibians and reptiles (17 frogs, 14 skinks, 3 agamids, 6 gekkonid lizards, 2 varanids and 17 snakes). Out of 59 species, 42 spe...
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We present detailed species accounts for fifty-nine (59) species of amphibians and reptiles (17 frogs, 14 skinks, 3 agamids, 6 gekkonid lizards, 2 varanids, and 17 snakes) from Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed, which lies within the Caraballo Mountain Range, whose biota is poorly-known. This was also the first extensive survey of herpetofauna withi...
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In 2004, the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources issued the National List of Threatened Fauna Species. Between 2015 and 2017, this was reviewed by assessing 1994 taxa, including 57 mammals, 683 birds, 355 reptiles, 115 amphibians, and 784 invertebrates, using the threatened categories specified in the 2001 Wildlife Reso...
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Our recent survey in the Caraballo Mountain Range contributed knowledge about the distribution of herpetofauna of Luzon Island, and allowed comparison of species composition among Luzon’s biogeographic regions. Data collection was done using intensive herpetofaunal survey in the sampling area in Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed in Carranglan, Nueva...
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A survey of the ecosystems and herpetofauna of Balesin Island in the Polillo group of islands was conducted on 19-22 July 2015. The survey was part of a bigger biodiversity study of the whole island for a conservation management program planning for Balesin Island Resort. Several standard survey techniques were used to assess the island's herpetofa...
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The herpetological fauna of the Philippine Islands is high in diversity and endemism (Brown and Diesmos 2009; Brown et al. 2013; Diesmos et al. 2014), yet faces threats such as habitat mod- ification and loss, natural catastrophes (i.e., Typhoon Haiyan), invasive species, hunting for food or the pet trade, and the spread of chytrid fungus (Sodhi et...
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A comprehensive study of amphibians and reptiles (herpetofauna) using a variety of standard methods was completed at selected study sites on the islands of Itbayat, Batan, Sabtang, and Ivuhos in Batanes Province, Philippines. This paper reports a total of 19 species representing one frog (Family Rhacophoridae) and 18 species of reptiles for Batanes...
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Effective and targeted conservation action requires detailed information about species, their distribution, systematics and ecology as well as the distribution of threat processes which affect them. Knowledge of reptilian diversity remains surprisingly disparate, and innovative means of gaining rapid insight into the status of reptiles are needed i...
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A total of 32 species of herpetofauna, including 15 endemic species, were recorded in different habitat types on Mount Malasimbo, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. Standard transect methods were used in conducting the survey. The amphibians accounted for 11 species representing five families, while the 21 species of reptiles from nine families i...
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This study examined the environmental changes in Mt. Data watershed, Northern Philippines over the last 50 years and how such changes affected sustainable management. The site is a protected area and forms part of the Kabatangan Ancestral Domain, home of the Kankana-eys. Using an exploratory case study approach, the researcher conducted key informa...

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