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Vol. XXVI, 2nd Quarter
April–June 2008

Technology Generator

Dr. Angel AlcalaDr. Angel C. Alcala is the principal Filipino scientist in a research program regarded as an outstanding contribution to Philippine biological sciences comprising studies on land vertebrates and marine biodiversity of the Philippines that involved ecology systematics and conservation biology based in Silliman University, Dumaguete City, spanning 1955 through 2008.  The program produced empirical scientific data that were put to practical use in terms of special development and academic programs at the university level.

The research collaboration resulted to substantial publication outputs of 169 scientific papers and books. Dr. Alcala authored either by himself or as first author of 86 [51%] of the articles and books on the program.

He is the first Filipino to put together the most comprehensive studies on Philippine amphibians and reptiles, with minor contributions to birds and mammals.  His fieldwork from 1954 to 1999 resulted to addition of 50 new species of amphibians and reptiles out of the 400 known species. International conservationists now have a reliable basis for establishing conservation programs on Philippine vertebrate biodiversity because of the works done at SU on ecology and taxonomy.

Dr. Alcala is presently Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, and Director of Silliman University-Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management.  He is concurrently Director of the Commission on Higher Education Zonal Research Center at Silliman University. 

Dr. Alcala is recipient of numerous recognition including the Biodiversity Award from Field Museum, Chicago; Magsaysay Award for Public Service; and Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, among others.  He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Honorary Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and member of the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines.