By Development Communication Section
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.