The Science and Culture of Naming Species

Featuring Professor Emeritus Dr. Edwino S. Fernando and Schenley Anne Belmonte

About the episode

The Science and Culture of Naming Species

In this episode, we’ll talk about names in the natural world and the relationships and stories behind naming species, and how this is connected to our role in society and in the greater scheme of things.

Professor Emeritus from UPLB, Dr. Edwino S. Fernando provides an overview of the taxonomic process and the importance of names; while Schen Belmonte, Communication Officer of Forest Foundation shares how to make use of the digital age and social media in communicating biodiversity conservation. 

About the podcast

Gubatbp. (pronounced as “gubat at iba pa” or “forest and others”) is a monthly podcast by the Forest Foundation Philippines. Here, we tell stories and engage in discussions about the interrelatedness of people, forest, and biodiversity.

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Resources from our episodes

Featured In:

A Natural History of the Future: What the Laws of Biology Tell Us About the Destiny of the Human Species by Rob Dunn (2021)

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Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane

Your Hosts


Executive Director

Onggie Canivel is the Executive Director of Forest Foundation Philippines. A staunch advocate of the environment, he previously held positions, leading advocacy and policy initiatives, at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines, Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). 


He obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. 


Passionate about the great outdoors, he spends his free time reading books on the environment, and sharing his love of the forests to friends and family by taking them to the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Also a serial hobbyist, he collects fountain pens and takes fishkeeping seriously.


Knowledge Management Specialist

Bryan Mariano is Forest Foundation Philippines’ Knowledge Management Specialist. He is a development communication practitioner who has been working in the forest conservation sector since 2015. He is currently finishing his MS Geography program at the University of the Philippines Diliman where he studies social meanings of places and knowledge production in human-nature relations. With great admiration for landscapes, he enjoys hiking and reading books about the environment.