Norman Greenhawk, 2015-2016 American student-scholar in the Philippines for nine months, made his final Fulbright presentation of his research project on frogs – aptly entitled Autopsy of a Conservation Project: Lessons Learned from Project Palaka – today, March 16, 2016 at the PAEF office. He was affiliated with UP-Los Baños during his 9-month Fulbright stint. An advocate of environmental conservation, Norman is the staff herpetologist and volunteer coordinator at Las Casas de la Selva, a 1,000 acre sustainable forestry project in Patillas, Puerto Rico.
Norman succinctly discussed the importance of ex situ amphibian conservation, the history and inception of Project Palaka, the challenges the project encountered, the successes, and the eventual closure of the project. Although no longer in operation, Project Palaka has inspired other institutions, such as the National Museum and Avilon Zoo, to become involved in ex situ conservation efforts for Philippine amphibians.
Norman will begin his master’s degree program in Environmental Science at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras in fall 2016.