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CSSAC conducts biodiversity lecture series

PILI, CAMARINES SUR (17 August) -— The Camarines Sur State Agricultural College (CSSAC) conducted the C.N. Divinagracia Lecture Series on Biodiversity Thursday, August 11, at the C.N. Divinagracia Hall, CSSAC main campus here.

The Lecture Series featured Dr. Jodi L. Sedlock, assistant professor of Biology at the Lawrence University, Wisconsin, USA, who discussed her paper entitled “Bat Diversity in an Agriculture Forest Mosaic on Mt. Isarog.”

The study was conducted in the area of Ocampo town in Camarines Sur with PLDT site, Barangays Pasto and Tabuan as study areas.

The study aims to: 1) augment the mammal survey conducted by Dr. Lawrence Heaney in 1989-90; 2) investigate how a long history of disturbance has impacted the bat community; 3) train students, faculty and Dep’t. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) staff on how to conduct a field study on bats; 4) rapidly produce an educational poster on the benefits of bats to be reproduced and distributed to barangays around the mountain, particularly areas with CSSAC’s Bayanihan Learning Communities (BLCs).

Generally, Dr. Sedlock’s team collected and identified a total of 24 species of bats in the three elevations at the Ocampo side of Mt. Isarog Natural Park (MINP). These species were collected using three different sampling methods (harp, tunnel, mist net methods).

Sedlock emphasized that her study on existing bat species at MINP is far from over. She believes that there are other species that exists in the other areas of the natural park.

Dr. Sedlock recommends that a comparable study on the Panicuason side can be conducted. She also recommends studying the foraging ecology of bats feeding over fields and the pollination and seed dispersal services of fruit bats. CSSAC also hosted the Field Course on Biodiversity Research Review Workshop from August 10-12.

The workshop sponsored by the Haribon Foundation was aimed at reviewing the file course modules conducted towards strengthening partner capacities towards biodiversity field research. The workshop identified and discussed areas of strength and areas for enhancement and came up with recommendations regarding the field course contents and processes to make them more responsive to the needs of the participants.

Participants to workshop were field course trainees from the various partner-academic centers of excellence (ACE) of the Haribon Foundation. The ACE partners were: Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology, Siliman University; De la Salle University - Dasmariñas, and the Camarines Sur State Agricultural College.

This workshop is part of the continuing efforts of the Haribon Foundation towards Biodiversity Conservation in partnership with the various Academic Centers of Excellence like the Camarines Sur State Agricultural College. (CSSAC release) [top]

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