Comprehensive Biotic Survey of Philippine Land Vertebrates and their Parasites

(see NSF Abstract)

This project represents an integrated team effort to comprehensively survey, review, and summarize the biodiversity of terrestrial vertebrates and parasites from the “megadiverse," “global conservation hotspot” of the Philippines.

Together with many collaborators and students we will survey vertebrate and parasite diversity at more than 50 sites throughout the country—across elevational, climatological, habitat, and seasonal gradients.

Field work has already begun and New biodiversity information products will include digital collection data, faunal summaries, keys and field guides, and descriptions of new host and parasite taxa for use by biodiversity specialists.

This research will provide significant educational opportunities for many undergraduate and graduate students (in the Philippines and US), wildlife managers, govenment biologists, and protected area staff and management.

See our project websites at:

http://www.herpwatch.org/

and

http://www.cbcpv.org/

and:

http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0743491