Last March 16, 2017 we had a successful EcoTalk with Dr. Louella Dolar, one of the country’s marine mammal expert. She talked about marine mammal biodiversity in Southeast Asia and the threats they face, including climate change. The EcoTalk was held at the Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman.
(Video above took place at the workshop on Sustainable Fisheries and Conservation of the Taiwanese White Dolphin, from 28 April to 2 May, 2014, in Taiwan courtesy of @cristinamacfarquhar/YouTube)
Dr. Dolar took her B.S. Biology degree at Silliman University and finished a master’s degree with a thesis on fish at the James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. She served as faculty member of the Biology Department at Silliman.
In the 1980s, her research interest shifted to marine mammal ecology and conservation, where she was awarded the Ph.D. by the University of California, USA. Since then, Dr. Dolar has been very active in pursuing marine mammal research in Philippine waters and in the seas of Southeast Asia.
Despite her change of residence from Dumaguete to the USA, Dr. Dolar has continued her research and teaching at Silliman. Every year, she comes back to teach and conduct research and thus, continues to influence graduate students.
With her pioneering research that began in Silliman and her commitment to the conservation of marine mammals, she is recognized as one of the foremost authority on Philippine marine mammals.
The EcoTalk is organized by the Earth Island Institute Philippines along with the UP Green League.