Lemnuel V. Aragones, Ph.D
Director & Professor
Contact(s): laragones@iesm.upd.edu.ph or lemaragones@gmail.com
Educ. Background:
PhD Tropical Environmental Studies (Marine Ecology), James Cook University, Australia, 1998
Head: Marine Mammal Research and Stranding Laboratory

Interests Research ProjectsCourses Teaching & Other InformationPublication

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

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

Courses Teaching

  • Env. Sci. 1 (Environment and Society)
  • Env. Sci. 201 (Fundamentals of Environmental Science I)
  • Env. Sci. 202 (Fundamentals of Environmental Science II)
  • Env. Sci. 212 (Environmental Problems and Issues)
  • Env. Sci. 221 (Environmental Biology)
  • Env. Sci. 297 (Special Topics in Environmental Science)
  • Env. Sci. 299 (Independent Master’s Study)
  • Env. Sci. 399 (Independent Doctoral Study)

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)

Recent Publication

  • Guzman, R., Aragones, L., & Obusan, C. 2020. Molecular detection of Toxoplasma gondii in select cetaceans stranded in the Philippines in 2019. 13. 206-214.
  • Obusan, C., Caras, J., Lumang, L., Calderon, E., Villanueva, R., Salibay, C., Siringan, M., Rivera, W., Masangkay, J., & Aragones, L. 2020. Bacteriological and histopathological findings in cetaceans that stranded in the Philippines from 2017 to 2018. 10.1101/2020.11.30.403568.
  • Perez, G., Comiso, J., Aragones, L., Merida, H.C., & Ong, P. 2020. Reforestation and Deforestation in Northern Luzon, Philippines: Critical Issues as Observed from Space. Forests. 11. 10.3390/f11101071.
  • Aragones, L.V. & Laggui, H.L.M. 2019. Marine Mammal Strandings in the Philippines from 2017 to 2018: Initial biennial analysis. A PMMSN Publication. Technical Report No. 2. Quezon City, Philippines. 139 pages
  • Obusan, M.C.M., Villanueva, R.M.D., Siringan, M.A.T., Rivera, W.L., Aragones, L.V. 2019. Leptospira spp. And Toxoplasma gondii in stranded representatives of wild cetaceans in the Philippines. BMC Veterinary Research, 15 (1), Article number 372.
  • Suarez, L.J.A., Paz, J.I, Balquin, J.T. & Aragones, L.V. 2019. Haematological and serum biochemical reference values extrapolated from rehabilitated stranded spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris). Philippine Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 56(2), 1-8.
  • Smith, A. B., Pacini, A. F., Nachtigall, P. E., Laule, G. E., Aragones, L. V., Magno, C., & Suarez, L. J. 2019. Transmission beam pattern and dynamics of a spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris). The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145(6), 3595-3605. doi:10.1121/1.5111347
  • Obusan, M.C.M., Aragones, L.V., Rivera, W.L., Siringan, M.A.T. 2018. Antibiotic susceptibility patterns of bacteria isolated from cetaceans stranded in the Philippines.Aquatic Mammals 44(5): 568-579. DOI 10.1578/AM.44.5.2018.568.
  • Bondoc, J.L., Aragones, L.V., Masangkay, J.S. 2017. Hematological, macroscopic and microscopic findings in two stranded whales (Mesoplodon densirostris and Kogia sima) and possible causes of deaths. Philippine Journal of Veterinary Medicine 54 (1): 64-70.
  • Pacini, A., Nachtigal, P., Smith, A., Suarez, L., Aragones, L., Laule, G., Magno, C., Braun, R. 2017. Hearing loss and dynamite fishing in two species of odontocetes. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics. 27(1): 1-6. 010043. DOI 10.1121/2.0000393
  • Obusan, M.C.M., Rivera, W.L., Siringan, M.A.T., & Aragones, L.V. 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., Aragones, L.V., Salibay, C.C., Siringan, M.A.T., & Rivera, W.L. 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., Aragones, L.V. , & Rollon, R.N. 2015. Linking integrity of coastal habitats and fisheries yield in Mantalip Reef System. Ocean & Coastal Management 111: 62-71.
  • Aragones, L.V., Suarez, L.J., Espinos, B.G., & Laule, G. 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.

Previous Publication

  • Aragones, L.V., McManus, L.T., 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., Laule, G.E., & Espinos, B.G.(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. & 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. & 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., & Aragones, L.V. 2013. Emergency first response. In Aragones, L.V., Laule, G.E., Espinos, B.G. (eds) [2nd Ed] Marine mammal stranding response manual, pp 42-58. A Wildlife in Need (WIN) and Ocean Adventure publication. Subic Bay, Freeport.
  • Hines, E., Reynolds III, J., Aragones, L.V., Mignucci-Giannoni, A., Marmontel, M.(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., Adulyanukosol, K., Aragones, L.V., 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., Aragones, L.V., Reynolds, J., Mignucci-Giannoni, A., & Marmontel, M. 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., Roque, M.A., Flores, M.B., Encomienda, R.P., Laule, G.E., Espinos, B.G., Maniago, F.E., Diaz, G., Alesna, E.B., & Braun, R.C. 2010. The Philippine marine mammal strandings from 1998 to 2009: Animals in the Philippines peril? Aquatic Mammals 36(3): 219-233.
  • Aragones, L.V., Talaue-McManus, L., Roque, M.A., & Keith, E.O. 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., & 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., & 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., & 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., Lawler, I., Foley, W., & Marsh, H. 2006. Dugong grazing and turtle cropping: Grazing optimization in tropical seagrass systems? Oecologia 149: 635-647.
  • Lawler, I., Aragones, L.V., Foley, W., Berding, N., & Marsh, H. 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 Marsh, H. 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., MacIlwee, A., Lawler, I., Aragones, L. V., Woolnough, A.P., & Berding, N. 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., Jefferson, T., & 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., Leatherwood, S., Wood, C., Alava, M., Hill, C., & Aragones, L.V. 1994. Directed fisheries for cetaceans in the Philippines. Report of the International Whaling Commission 44: 439-449.
  • Leatherwood, S., Dolar, L., Wood, C., Aragones, L.V., & Hill, C. 1992. Marine mammal species confirmed from Philippines waters. Silliman Journal 36: 65-86.