Philippine Taxonomic Initiative Inc. Team

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Jayson Mansibang

Jayson is an educator, a mountaineer and a botanical illustrator. His interest lies in the Genus Aeschynanthus, Syzygium, Saurauia and other understudied genera. He is also an advocate for native trees.

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Jamie Ann Aumentado

Jamie is an educator, mountaineer, and nature enthusiast.Her interest is in the Genus Strobilanthes. She studied pollen analysis present on honey samples produced by specific species of honeybee during her undergraduate years.

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Mc Andrew Pranada

Andrew is an aspiring young botanist with field experience in various places across the Philippines. He is interested in the taxonomy and systematics of Philippine Begonia.

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Alastair Robinson

Alastair is a botanist with a passion for cryptic plants that are often overlooked by others. He has worked in the Philippines since 2007, and led the first documented climb to the summit of Mount Victoria, where Nepenthes attenboroughii was discovered. A proponent of collaborative work and teaching, he has undertaken research across the archipelago, in tandem with local researchers, for over a decade.

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Yu Pin Ang

Yu Pin specializes in Begoniaceae in the Philippines. He is interested in improving local awareness and knowledge, and to influence other passionate individuals to contribute in this field.

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John Patykowski

John is a plant ecologist specialising in vegetation dynamics after disturbance and the role of species in ecosystem functioning. He completed a PhD at Deakin University, Australia, and has almost a decade of experience working in the environmental sector including teaching, research, and advocating for policy.

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John Michael Agcaoili

JM is a botanist interested in Melastoma (Melastomaceae) and has recently published a new species, Melastoma malabituin, From the island of Luzon. 

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Maverick Tamayo

Maverick is a Biology instructor in UP Baguio who is interested in genus Vaccinium, Amorphophallus, and Dendrochilum. He explores the Cordillera Mountains in Northern Luzon and shares his knowledge with the indigenous communities. He is also an advocate of native plants.

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Raab Bustamante

Raab, the Founder and Executive Director of PTI, has been studying the taxonomy of the Philippine flora for more than a decade. His Interest lies in the Genus Begonia, Amorphophallus and the Family Orchideaeae, along with different habitat types, such as karst limestone & tropical moist broadleaf forests.