• Marine biologist tackles biodiversity

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    IN celebration of Coral Triangle Day (on June 9), the US Embassy in Manila announced the visit of eminent US marine biologist Dr. Nancy Knowlton of the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History.

    Dr. Knowlton whose visit is sponsored the US Department of State’s US Speaker Program will tackle coral reefs, biodiversity conservation efforts, and marine research in the Philippines with Filipino students, academics, government officials and museum curators in Manila and Batangas.

    Planned events during the speaking tour from June 17 to 22 include an outreach event at Batangas National High School in Batangas City, and an interaction with students at the Philippine Science High School in Quezon City.

    Dr. Knowlton will also meet with students and researchers from De La Salle University and the University of the Philippines at the Br. Alfred Shields Marine Biological Station in Lian, Batangas, for hands-on consultations and a dive to an area where these institutions are carrying out research in coral reef conservation. Dr. Knowlton’s interaction with marine researchers will support enhanced bilateral engagement under the June 2012 US-Philippines Science & Technology Agreement.

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