Environmental Biology Division

The Environmental Biology Division

30 Years of “Ecological Succession”

The Environmental Biology Division (EBD) offers major courses in Ecology and other related disciplines as part of the B.S. Biology curriculum. Ecology as a major field under the B.S. Biology Program of UPLB was instituted in February 8, 1975 to meet the challenges posed by increasing environmental degradation caused by man’s activities that have tremendously altered ecosystems. It was initially offered under the then Department of Life Sciences, College of Sciences and Humanities but was later on transferred to the Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS) upon its establishment on March 23, 1983. Since then, the B.S. Biology major in Ecology Program has evolved from a general area of study to one that includes more specialized fields.

EBD originated from the Ecology and Palynology Laboratory (1983-1985) which was headed by Dr. Percy E. Sajise. It was later on renamed as the Ecology Laboratory (1985-1995) actively conducting basic and applied ecological researches on lake and forest ecosystems. During this period, the Laboratory was headed by Dr. Benjamin C. Legaspi, Jr. (1985-1991), Dr. Macrina T. Zafaralla (1991-1992), Dr. Pacifico C. Payawal (1992-1994), and Dr. Zenaida N. Sierra (1994-2003). During Dr. Sierra’s term as Laboratory Head (1995), IBS was reorganized into five Divisions and the Ecology Laboratory became the Environmental Biology Division. After Dr. Sierra’s retirement, Dr. Damasa M. Macandog became the Division Head from 2004-2008. At present, EBD is headed by Dr. Virginia C. Cuevas.

Current research activities of EBD Faculty are on Plant Ecology, Insect Ecology, Aquatic Ecology (freshwater and marine), Applied Microbial Ecology, Ecoinformatics, and Pollination Biology. New fields of study being developed are Cave Ecology, Conservation Biology, and Restoration Ecology. As a Division, EBD aims to achieve excellence in teaching, research, and extension in Ecology and Environmental Biology with relevance to present-day needs for national development, productive ecosystems, and improvement of human conditions.

Major in Ecology

Brief Description of the Major Field

The BS Biology Ecology Major Program is designed to provide the fundamentals of ecology while allowing flexibility for application to specific areas of study. This major program allows for specializations under the fields of expertise of the faculty members, namely – Plant Ecology, Marine Ecology, Insect Ecology, Animal Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Freshwater Ecology, Bioinformatics/Ecosystem Modeling, Palynology/Pollination Ecology, Cave Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, and Conservation Biology.

 A good foundation in ecology is essential in all applied studies in biology, as well as in other allied fields such as environmental science and resource management. It is hoped that a good background in ecology will enable graduates to pursue various career opportunities related to the field.

 The program has a current teaching staff of fifteen (15) faculty members (six with doctorate degree, four with master’s degree and five with baccalaureate degree), one professor emeritus, one adjunct faculty, and two support staff.

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