Training Programs

Biodiversity & Conservation

Biodiversity for Beginners: Methods and Analysis for Biodiversity Field Surveys

Introduction to Biological Diversity and its conservation and the underlying and related concepts and principles, including species richness, evolution and natural selection, systematics/ taxonomy, ecosystems, biotic interactions, endangered species, impacts of of introduced organisms. Includes lectures on insects and other arthropods, vertebrate wildlife and vascular plants. Field survey techniques will be demonstrated with hands-on exercises. The course is beneficial to college students conducting biodiversity assessment problems, and beginning environmentalists.

  • By arrangement
  • Duration: 7-8 days
  • P4,000 per person (exclusive of meals, local transfer and accommodation)
  • Min. no. of participants: 5
  • Coordinator: James Alvarez and Florante Cruz
  • Telefax: (049) 536-3669
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  • Venue: MNH Bldg., UPLB or can be arranged

Clinical Aspects of Wildlife Medicine (Basic Wildlife Medicine)

The course will deal with basic wild animal management, clinical evaluation and treatment, clinical evaluation and treatment and is geared towards understanding the reptile patient.

  • July 29-30, 2015 (2 days from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
  • Venue: CVM VTH - Diliman Station Lecture Room 2, UP Diliman
  • Minimum number of participants: 15
  • Coordinator: Marianne Leila S. Flores/Emilia A. Lastica-Ternura/Arville Pajas/Karlo R. Gicana
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  • Contact number: (049) 536-6901

Evolution for Beginners

Introduction to the concepts that compose the scientific theory of evolution. Emphasis will be given on existence and recognition of variation in populations of organisms, how natural selection works to give rise to adaptations, species organisms and the great biological diversity. Will include some practical exercises on adaptation and natural selection and examination of some fossil specimens. The course is beneficial to college students and general biology teachers.

  • Schedule can be made by arrangement
  • P 2,000.00 per person (exclusive of meals, local transfer and accommodation)
  • Min. no. of participants: 5
  • Coordinator: James Alvarez and Florante Cruz
  • Telefax: (049) 536-3669
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  • Venue: MNH  Bldg., UPLB  or can be arranged

Getting to Know the Spiders

Spiders make up a considerable portion of the Philippine fauna but little is known about them. This course provides basic information on studying, collecting, preserving and identifying spiders through lectures and brief field trip. Target course participants are high school and elementary science teachers, eco-tourism coordinators, college students and hobbyists.

  • Schedule can be made by arrangement
  • P3,000 per person (exclusive of meals, local transfer and accommodation)
  • Min. no. of participants: 5
  • Coordinator: James Alvarez and Florante Cruz
  • Telefax: (049) 536-3669
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  • Venue: MNH Bldg., UPLB or can be arranged

Microbial Diversity: Basics and Applications

The course includes lectures and demonstrations on basic techniques in the isolation and identification of isolated microbial cultures focusing on bacteria, yeast and molds. Fieldtrips and actual sample collection on identified habitat will be conducted for further laboratory works, including isolation and cultural identification using conventional methods. Biotechnological potential of these micro-organisms will be discussed. The course will be most beneficial to science, biology and/or microbiology teachers particularly those handling laboratories.

  • Schedule can be made by arrangement
  • P2,500 per participant (exclusive of meals, local transfer and accommodation)
  • Min. no. of participants: 5
  • Coordinator: James Alvarez and Florante Cruz
  • Telefax (049) 536-3669
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  • Venue: MNH Building, Forestry Campus, UPLB or can be arranged

Techniques in the Preservation of Selected Biological Specimens

Collection, preparation and preservation of higher vascular plants (as herbarium specimens), fungi (pickled or dried specimens), birds and mammals (taxidermy and skeleton display), reptiles and amphibians (wet preserved), will be shown with hands-on exercises.; useful to biology teachers, students and hobbyists.

  • By arrangement
  • Length: at most 5 days
  • P2,500 per person (exclusive of meals, local transfer and accommodation)
  • Minimum number of participants: 5
  • Coordinator: James Alvarez and Florante Cruz
  • Telefax (049) 536-3669
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  • Venue: MNH Bldg., Upper (Forestry) Campus or can be arranged

The Ex-Tree Challenge: Getting to Know Forest Trees

A crash course on dendrology for non-foresters as well as a refresher course for those with background in forestry. Familiarization with forest trees that will be useful for science teachers, eco-tour organizers, hobbyists, conservation and environment enthusiasts as well as nature lovers and the general public.

  • Schedule can be made by arrangement
  • P2,500 per person
  • Min. no. of participants: 5
  • Coordinator: Florante Cruz/James Alvarez
  • Telefax: (049) 536-3669
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  • Venue: MNH Building, Forestry Campus, UPLB or can be arranged

Training Course on Zoological Techniques: Capacity building on collection and preservation of selected vertebrate and invertebrate systems

Zoological specimens are the most easily perishable objects. They require special care and attention. Scientific knowledge and skills are essential for the proper identification and preservation of animal specimens. There are various modes and techniques to prepare biological specimens for teaching and research purposes, however, scientific knowledge and skills are lacking. In the advent of K-12 education, there is a need to further hone our teachers and researchers, both in the secondary and tertiary levels, to promote an outcome-based education in the biological sciences. This 5-day training course on zoological techniques aims to equip professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills on the collection, processing, and preservation of selected vertebrate and invertebrate systems.

Course objectives

  • To perform various laboratory procedures for proper collection and identification of selected animal groups;
  • To demonstrate specific methods and procedures for preservation and processing of selected animal specimens; and
  • To evaluate the ecological significance of animal diversity, and apply these concepts in relation to environment, human health, and conservation issues.

Course activities

  • Intensive laboratory-based course
  • Lectures/discussions, videos and films, digital tools
  • Core activities are: Lectures and discussions, Hands-on laboratory activities on collection and preservation of selected animal samples, Digital geometric morphometrics, and Field activities

Lecture Topics

  • Philippine fauna: a call for conservation and management
  • Collecting biological specimens: essential to science and conservation
  • Polyphasic species identification of animals
  • Understudied invertebrate fauna: neglected but not forgotten
  • Parasite biodiversity: relevance to human and environmental health, and conservation

Laboratory Activities

  • Collection and preservation from the wild
  • Collection and isolation from environmental samples (soil, water, plants, etc)
  • Digital Geometric Morphometrics (laptop required)
  • Taxidermy
  • Herping and bird watching in Mount Makiling
  • Permanent mount slide preparations of selected invertebrates
  • Macrobenthic fauna in aquatic ecosystems

  • Date: July 3-7, 2017
  • Fee: P6,000.00 (inclusive of lunch and snacks)
  • Minimum number of participants: 15
  • Course Coordinator: Vachel Gay V. Paller, PhD (Head, Animal Biology Division, Institute of Biological Sciences, UPLB
  • Training Coordinator (module): Modesto Z. Bandal, Jr.
  • Contact Numbers: +63-928-351-6174; +63-917-642-1266; (049) 536-2843
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  • Venue: Animal Biology Division, Institute of Biological Sciences, UPLB

Wood Identification

Consists of lecture and laboratory sessions on the classification and identification of commercially important Philippine hardwoods; includes identification techniques based on gross and anatomical features of wood and hands on laboratory exercises and sample preparation; designed for supervisors or technical personnel of wood-based companies as well as research and academic staff of forestry related institutions.

  • 5 days duration, TBA
  • Venue: TREES, CFNR
  • P10,000 per person
  • Minimum no. of participants: 5

Schedule of the Forestry courses will be announced. Course fee covers only lecture materials and certificate of completion; excluding cost of field trips.

For inquiries, please contact:
The Director
Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability (TREES)
College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UPLB
Tel. Nos.: ((049) 536-2736
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