A faculty member of the Foundation University College of Arts and Sciences presented a paper that was a research study funded by the Commission on Higher Education during the International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change at the Philippine International Convention Center recently.
Geraldine Quinones presented the paper entitled “Diversity and Taxonomy of Marine Fish Larvae in Bohol Sea and Adjacent Waters” that she said aims to create a database of fish larvae in the Bohol Sea and its adjacent waters and to identify, describe and characterize the fish larvae in the same area.
The study is a collaboration of various institutions such as Silliman University, Camiguin State College, University of Santo Tomas and Siquijor State College.
The paper is an offshoot of the CHED’s biodiversity project.
The Philippines is one of the 18 countries in the world identified by Conservation International as a mega-diverse country. Unfortunately though, experts believe that because of the climate change this biodiversity might be lost by the end of the century.
Because of this, the CHED has come up with the Biodiversity Projects in order to have an inventory of all the species in the above-mentioned area for data base purposes and to be able to account for all the species before this biodiversity loss.
Quinones' research had the full support of the University that is a staunch supporter of efforts to preserve the environment, as well as topics relating to climate change.
Dr. Eva Melon, FU vice president for academic affairs, said university administrators believe that this is one way for them to contribute to the study on biodiversity, in particular, and to the advancement of science, in general.
Melon said the study of Quinones should inspire other faculty members to embark on more research projects.*RG
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