Dean Rey Donne Papa of the UST College of Science has been elected as chairperson of the research council of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) for Taal Volcano Protected Landscape.

“The research council is a provision which calls for the creation of a group of scientists to provide scientific advice to the PAMB as well as review and endorse research proposals to be conducted within Taal Volcano,” Papa told the Varsitarian.

Limnology, or the study of freshwater ecosystems, is Papa’s field of expertise. He has been doing research on Lake Taal since 2003.

He was part of the team of aquatic biology researchers that visited Taal in December 2020 to propose conservation and management measures after the volcanic eruption that same year.

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He is also one of the project leaders of the Taal Post-Eruption Ecological Research program funded by the National Research Council of the Philippines.

The Protected Area Management Board is a decision-making body which exercises jurisdiction over a protected region within its area of responsibility. Louise Marie Therese B. Padillo


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