Aldrin is a biodiversity conservation specialist with more than 20 years of experience on wildlife conservation, habitat restoration, climate change mitigation and adaptation, strategic planning, environmental program design and evaluation, knowledge management, and capacity building.
He was the Country Director (Philippines) for Fauna and Flora International, responsible for leading team of 35, managing ca.$1m annual budget, and providing strategic direction of organizations to adopt HCVAs and science-based and evidence-based ecological approach for conservation i.e. establishing baselines and metrics to measure conservation success for protected areas.
He designed and developed Landscapes and Wildlife Indicators (LAWIN) monitoring and management system for USAID’s B+WISER project which is being rolled out across 7 protected areas initially but later on to 170 terrestrial protected areas in the country.
He is a prolific researcher and scientific collaborator, publishing more than 30 articles in past 20 yearson subjects such as: population densities across habitat
gradients, analysis of current gaps in protection of threatened species, protected area management, and key conservation sites in the Philippines.
He has written seminal and multi-awarded publications that have become the templates for the conservation agenda of the Philippines in the past 15 years i.e.Red Data Book of Threatened Wildlife, Threatened Birds of the Philippines and the Key Conservation Sites of the Philippines: Important Bird Areas. The
latter providing the template for identifying Key Biodiversity Areas in the Philippines (KBA).
He also has more than 5 years experience in teaching (part-time) as an Associate Professorial Lecturer at De La Salle University, Manila and Full Professor at De La Salle University -Dasmarinas since October 2009. Supervise and mentor MSc and PHD students in their research and dissertation. Teaching specialism are biodiversity conservation, ecological survey methods,ecological techniques and analysis, habitat restoration, evidence-based design, field ecology and applied ecology.