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Arvin is a research scientist of the National Museum of the Philippines in Manila and is in charge of the Herpetology Section. His research focuses on systematics, ecology, biogeography, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles of the Philippines and Southeast Asia. He holds M.Sc in Wildlife Studies from University of the Philippines – Los Banos and Ph.D in Biology from University of Singapore. He is a member of the Amphibian Specialist Group, Tortoise & Turtles Specialist Group, Crocodile Specialist Group, and the IUCN Amphibian Red List Authority.