Lemnuel V. Aragones, PhD

Director Professor
PhD Tropical Environmental Studies (Marine Ecology), James Cook University, Australia, 1998

Courses:

Env Sci 1 (Environment & Society), Env Sci 201 (Fundamentals of Environmental Science I), Env Sci 202 (Fundamentals of Environmental Science II – Tropical Ecosystems), Env Sci 212 (Environmental Issues and Problems), Env Sci 221 (Environmental Biology), Env Sci 296 (Graduate Seminar), Env Sci 297 (Special topics – Conservation of Marine Mammals and other Large Marine Vertebrates), Env Sci 299 (Independent Study)

Recent Publications:

  • Obusan, M.C.M., W.L. Rivera, M.A.T. Siringan, L.V. Aragones. 2016. Stranding events in the Philippines provide evidence for impacts of human interaction on cetaceans. Oceans & Coastal Management 134: 41-51.
  • Obusan, M.C.M., L.V. Aragones, C.C. Salibay, M.A.T. Siringan, and W.L. Rivera 2015. Occurrence of human pathogenic bacteria, Toxoplasma gondii in cetaceans stranded in the Philippines: Providing clues on ocean health status. Aquatic Mammals 41(2): 149-166.
  • Ramos, D.A.E., L.V. Aragones, R.N. Rollon. 2015. Linking integrity of coastal habitats and fisheries yield in Mantalip Reef System. Ocean & Coastal Management 111: 62-71.
  • L.V. Aragones, L.J. Suarez, B.G. Espinos, G. Laule. 2015. PMMSN Field guide to the whales and dolphins of the Philippines. A Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Inc publication. ISBN 978-261-95396-0-9.
  • Aragones, L.V., L.T. McManus, M.A. Roque, A.S. Amor, and E.O. Keith. 2013. Dolphin watching in the southern Tañon Strait Protected Seascape, Philippines: Issues and challenges. Science Diliman 25(2):1-34.
  • Aragones, L.V., G.E. Laule, B.G. Espinos (eds). 2013. 2nd Ed. Marine mammal stranding response manual – A guide for the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of stranded cetaceans and dugongs in the Philippines. A Wildlife in Need (WIN) and Ocean Adventure publication. Subic Bay, Freeport. 141 p + iii.
  • Aragones, L.V., Roque, M.A., Diaz, G.C. and Alesna, E.B. 2013. The Philippine marine mammal stranding network. In L.V. Aragones, G.E. Laule, B.G. Espinos (eds) [2nd Ed] Marine mammal stranding response manual, pp 1-5. A Wildlife in Need (WIN) and Ocean Adventure publication. Subic Bay, Freeport.
  • Aragones, L.V., Togle, M.I.C. and Torres, A.T. 2013. Relevant Philippine laws and international agreements regarding marine mammals. In L.V. Aragones, G.E. Laule, B.G. Espinos (eds) [2nd Ed] Marine mammal stranding response manual, pp 111-115. A Wildlife in Need (WIN) and Ocean Adventure publication. Subic Bay, Freeport.
  • Aragones, L.V. 2013. Overview of Philippine marine mammals. In L.V. Aragones, G.E. Laule, B.G. Espinos (eds) [2nd Ed] Marine mammal stranding response manual, pp 6-30. A Wildlife in Need (WIN) and Ocean Adventure publication. Subic Bay, Freeport.
  • Aragones, L.V., Follosco, N.G. and Ledesma, K.C. 2013. Managing community response to strandings. In L.V. Aragones, G.E. Laule, B.G. Espinos (eds) [2nd Ed] Marine mammal stranding response manual, pp 105-110. A Wildlife in Need (WIN) and Ocean Adventure publication. Subic Bay, Freeport.
  • Laule, G.E., Phillips, W.F., Torno, C., Flores, M.B., Encomienda, R.P., Maniago, F.E., Roque, M.A. and Aragones, L.V. 2013. Emergency first response. In L.V. Aragones, G.E. Laule, B.G. Espinos (eds) [2nd Ed] Marine mammal stranding response manual, pp 42-58. A Wildlife in Need (WIN) and Ocean Adventure publication. Subic Bay, Freeport.

Previous Publications:

  • Hines, E., J. Reynolds III, L.V. Aragones, A. Mignucci-Giannoni, M. Marmontel, (eds). 2012. Sirenian conservation: Issues and strategies in developing countries. University Press of Florida. Gainesville, FL, USA. 325 p + xiv.
  • Aragones, L.V., I. Lawler, D. Domning, H. Marsh and A. Hodgson. 2012. Role of the sirenians in the aquatic ecosystem In: E. Hines et al. (eds), Sirenian conservation: Issues and strategies in developing countries, pp 4-11. University Press of Florida. Gainesville, FL, USA.
  • Aragones, L.V., M.Marmontel, S. Kendall, D. Kwan. 2012. Working with communities for sirenian conservation. In: E. Hines et al. (eds), Sirenian conservation: Issues and strategies in developing countries, pp 221-228. University Press of Florida. Gainesville, FL, USA.
  • Aragones, L.V., K. LaCommare, S. Kendall, N. Castelblanco-Martinez, and D. Gonzalez- Socoloske. 2012. Boat and land based surveys for sirenians. In: E. Hines et al. (eds), Sirenian conservation: Issues and strategies in developing countries, pp 179-185. University Press of Florida. Gainesville, FL, USA.
  • Hines, E., K. Adulyanukosol, L.V. Aragones, et al. 2012. Dugongs in Asia. In: E. Hines et al. (eds), Sirenian conservation: Issues and strategies in developing countries, 58-76. University Press of Florida. Gainesville, FL, USA.
  • Hines, E., L.V. Aragones, J. Reynolds, A. Mignucci-Giannoni, M. Marmontel. 2012. The role of scientists in sirenian conservation in developing countries. In: E. Hines et al. (eds), Sirenian conservation: Issues and strategies in developing countries, 243-245. University Press of Florida. Gainesville, FL, USA.
  • Aragones, L.V., M.A. Roque, M.B. Flores, R.P. Encomienda, G.E. Laule, B.G. Espinos, F.E. Maniago, G. Diaz, E.B Alesna and R.C. Braun. 2010. The Philippine marine mammal strandings from 1998 to 2009: Animals in the Philippines peril? Aquatic Mammals 36(3): 219-233.
  • Aragones, L.V., L. Talaue-McManus, M.A. Roque and E.O. Keith. Submitted. Cetacean watching and the development of a participatory management process for protecting cetaceans in the sourthern Tanon Strait, Philippines. Ecology and Society.
  • Aragones, L.V. and G.E. Laule (eds). 2008. Marine mammal stranding response manual – A guide for the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of stranded cetaceans and dugongs in the Philippines. A Wildlife in Need (WIN) and Ocean Adventure publication. Subic Bay, Freeport. 106 p + viii.
  • Aragones, L.V., Alesna, E.B., Follosco, N.G. 2008. An introduction to the Philippine marine mammal stranding network. In L.V. Aragones and G.E. Laule (eds) Marine mammal stranding response manual, pp 1-2. A Wildlife in Need (WIN) and Ocean Adventure publication. Subic Bay, Freeport.
  • Aragones, L.V. 2008. Overview of Philippine marine mammals. In L.V. Aragones and G.E. Laule (eds) Marine mammal stranding response manual, pp 7-30. A Wildlife in Need (WIN) and Ocean Adventure publication. Subic Bay, Freeport.
  • Torres, A.T. and Aragones, L.V. 2008. A compilation of relevant Philippine laws and signed international agreements regarding marine mammals. In L.V. Aragones and G.E. Laule (eds) Marine mammal stranding response manual, pp 3-6. A Wildlife in Need (WIN) and Ocean Adventure publication. Subic Bay, Freeport.
  • Aragones, L.V., Follosco, N.G. and Ledesma, K.C. 2008. Managing community response to strandings. In L.V. Aragones and G.E. Laule (eds) Marine mammal stranding response manual, pp 55-59. A Wildlife in Need (WIN) and Ocean Adventure publication. Subic Bay, Freeport.
  • Laule, G.E., Phillips, W.F., Torno, C., Flores, M.B., Encomienda, R.P., Maniago, F.E., Roque, M.A. and Aragones, L.V. 2008. Emergency first response. In L.V. Aragones and G.E. Laule (eds) Marine mammal stranding response manual, pp 41-54. A Wildlife in Need (WIN) and Ocean Adventure publication. Subic Bay, Freeport.
  • Aragones, L.V., I. Lawler, W. Foley and H. Marsh. 2006. Dugong grazing and turtle cropping: Grazing optimization in tropical seagrass systems? Oecologia 149: 635-647.
  • Lawler, I.,L.V. Aragones, W. Foley, N. Berding and H. Marsh. 2006. Near infrared reflectance spectroscopy as a rapid, cost-effective predictor of seagrass nutrients. Journal of Chemical Ecology 32: 1353-1365.
  • Aragones, L.V. and H. Marsh. 2000. Impact of dugong grazing and turtle cropping on tropical seagrass communities. Pacific Conservation Biology. 5: 277-288.
  • Aragones, L.V. 2000. A review of the role of the green turtle in tropical seagrass ecosystems. Pp. 69-85. In: N. Pilcher and G. Ismail (eds.), Sea Turtles of the Indo-Pacific: Research Management and Conservation. ASEAN Academic Press Ltd, London.
  • Foley, W.J., A. MacIlwee, I. Lawler, L. V. Aragones, A.P. Woolnough, and N. Berding. 1998. Ecological application of near infrared reflectance spectroscopy- a tool for rapid, cost-effective prediction of the composition of plant and animal tissues and aspects of animal performance. Oecologia 116: 293-305.
  • Aragones, L.V., T. Jefferson, and H. Marsh. 1997. Marine mammal survey techniques applicable in developing countries. Asian Marine Biology 14: 15-39.
  • Aragones, L.V. 1994. Observations on dugongs at Calauit Island, Busuanga, Palawan, Philippines. Wildlife Research 21: 709-717.
  • Dolar, L.S., S. Leatherwood, C. Wood, M. Alava, C. Hill and L. Aragones. 1994. Directed fisheries for cetaceans in the Philippines. Report of the International Whaling Commission 44: 439-449.
  • Leatherwood, S., L. Dolar, C. Wood, L. Aragones and C. Hill. 1992. Marine mammal species confirmed from Philippines waters. Silliman Journal 36: 65-86.

Current research projects:

  • The Philippine marine mammal strandings (influence of natural and anthropogenic factors) – Facilitates and trains locals on marine mammal stranding response (through the Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network/ PMMSN) – Conducts research on various aspects regarding stranded marine mammals
  • Ecology and conservation of small cetaceans in southern Tañon Strait
  • Dugong conservation in Busuanga and Guimaras
  • Assessment of the fisheries and marine wildlife resources of Guimaras
  • Examination of the exposure to infectious agents and impact of human interaction on stranded cetaceans in the Philippines: Sentinel species providing clues on ocean and human health
  • Functional relationships of habitats in the Mantalip Reef System (Negros Oriental)
  • Effectivity of law mandated fish sanctuaries in the Philippines
  • Ecotoxicological and biomarker approach assessment of health adverse effects in Philippine marine mammals
  • Bycatch rates of sea turtles in Tawi-Tawi
  • Genetic variability and phylogeography of spinner dolphin populations in the Philippines
  • Review on the compliance of Provision 91 of RA 8550

Interests

  • Biology/Ecology, Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals and other large marine vertebrates (sea turtles, sharks and rays)
  • Marine Ecology/Biology & Integrated Coastal Resources Management
  • Conservation Biology (Ecological Sustainable Development)
  • Coral Reef Ecology, Seagrass Biology/Ecology
  • Vertebrate Biology/Ecology, Behavior & Nutritional Ecology

Other Relevant Information

  • Outstanding Young Scientist Award in Marine Biology (National Academy of Science and Technology-Philippines) (12 July 2001)
  • Sirenian Specialist Group Member (since 1992) of the Species Survival Commission, IUCN – The World Conservation Union
  • President – Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network Inc (PMMSN)
  • President – Philippine Environmental Science Association Inc (PESA)
  • Chair – Asian Marine Mammal Stranding Network (formerly South East Asian Marine Mammal Stranding Network/ SEAMMSN)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, RSMAS, University of Miami (2001-2006)
  • Assistant Professor VII (Tenured), Institute of Biological Sciences, UPLB (1986-88, 1990-2003)
  • Accredited EIS Preparer (Environmental Professional, Certificate#98-EMB-BULJA0004)
  • Curator of Marine Mammals, Museum of Natural History, UPLB (1996-2001)
  • Served as external thesis examiner for the University of Malaysia Sabah (June-July 1999, August-September 2000)
  • Served as committee member for advising MA/MSc students at RSMAS (2002-2006)
  • Serves as committee member for advising an MSc student at NSU (2007-09)