AQD scientist receives award for contributions in freshwater research

By Development Communication Section

SEAFDEC/AQD Scientist Dr. Maria Lourdes Cuvin-Aralar (2nd from right) together with the other recipients of the 1st Philippine Symposium on Freshwater Biodiversity and Ecosystems special awards for contribution to freshwater biodiversity and ecosystems science
SEAFDEC/AQD Scientist Dr. Maria Lourdes Cuvin-Aralar (2nd from right) together with the other recipients of the 1st Philippine Symposium on Freshwater Biodiversity and Ecosystems special awards for contribution to freshwater biodiversity and ecosystems science

Dr. Maria Lourdes Cuvin-Aralar, a SEAFDEC/AQD scientist, was given a special award for her contributions to freshwater biodiversity and ecosystems science during the 1st Philippine Symposium on Freshwater Biodiversity and Ecosystems held at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines from 7 to 10 June 2016.

During the event, Dr. Cuvin-Aralar also talked about the Impact of aquaculture on fish biodiversity in the freshwater lake Laguna de Bay, Philippines and served as one of the judges during a Graduate Student Oral Competition.

Dr. Cuvin-Aralar has worked with SEAFDEC/AQD for about 30 years where her expertise in freshwater species was underscored when she became leader of the Small-holder freshwater aquaculture program. She obtained her BSc Zoology and MSc Biology degrees from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman in Quezon City, Philippines and MSc Zoology from the University of Glasgow in United Kingdom through a grant from the British Council Scholarship. She graduated magna cum laude from Hohenheim University in Germany with a Dr. Sc. Agr. through the German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship. Dr. Cuvin-Aralar has also taught at UP Diliman Institute of Biology and has been invited as a resource person for various training courses on giant freshwater prawn culture, water quality, and site selection.

Dr. Cuvin-Aralar talks about the Impact of aquaculture on fish biodiversity in the freshwater lake Laguna de Bay, Philippines during the symposium
Dr. Cuvin-Aralar talks about the Impact of aquaculture on fish biodiversity in the freshwater lake Laguna de Bay, Philippines during the symposium
Dr. Cuvin-Aralar (left) with fellow judges, Dr. Noboru Okuda and Laguna Lake Development Authority’s Ms. Adelina Santos-Borja, for the Graduate Student Oral competition
Dr. Cuvin-Aralar (left) with fellow judges, Dr. Noboru Okuda and Laguna Lake Development Authority’s Ms. Adelina Santos-Borja, for the Graduate Student Oral competition

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