Thomasian limnologists present papers during International Tropical Limnology conference in Indonesia; Peralta wins Best Presenter

Five Thomasian limnologists presented research papers during the recently concluded joint 2nd International Conference and Scientific Meeting of the Indonesian Limnology Society and 4th International Conference on Tropical Limnology, which was held from December 6 to 7, 2023, at the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) in Bogor, Indonesia.

The two-day hybrid conference, which was attended by participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, China, and Japan was organized by the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) and supported by the Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU), National University of Laos (NuoL), South East Asia Limnological Network (SEALNet), Research Centre for Limnology and Water Resources, United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), and Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the International Society of Limnology.

The UST delegation included Science Dean Prof. Rey Donne S. Papa, Ph.D., Senior Teacher Dino T. Tordesillas, Ph.D. of the UST Senior High School, Biology instructor Ms. Justine R. De Leon, M.Sc., Organismic and Environmental Biology Cluster Coordinator Mr. Elfritzson M. Peralta, M.Sc., and M.Sc. student Ms. Kristine Sandoval (who represented National University – Laguna). All five Thomasians presented papers during the parallel sessions of the conference.

Peralta was awarded “Best Presenter (Student)” during the closing ceremonies of the two-day event. His paper, titled “Watershed Ecology: Assessment of Valuable Ecosystems in Freshwater Protected Areas (WEAVE FPAs) of the Philippines” discussed the importance of Freshwater Protected Areas for effective conservation and management of inland aquatic ecosystems. Peralta is currently enrolled under the Ph.D. Biology program of the UST Graduate School.

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