Van Weerd, Drs. M (Merlijn)

  • Coordinator Field Course Philippines
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Protected Areas
  • Philippines
  • Cameroon

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1484
Faculty / Department: Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen, Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden, CML/Conservation Biology
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

Merlijn van Weerd studied Biology at the University of Groningen. In 1999 he started working in the Philippines where he and his team discovered a remnant population of the rare endemic Philippine crocodile Crocodylus mindorensis. Since 2003 he works at Leiden University as a wildlife researcher with a focus on biodiversity in the Philippines and as director of the Mabuwaya Foundation in the Philippines.

Currently, Merlijn is connected to the Institute of Environmental Sciences, as well as the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. He coordinates the annual “Water Course” in the Philippines, a field course for students of Leiden University and Isabela State University.

CV M. van Weerd (2015) 


Merlijn van Weerd conducts research in the Philippines on the following topics:

  • Biodiversity of northern Philippines

  • Anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity

  • Community participation in biodiversity conservation

  • Philippine crocodile ecology

  • Protected areas


  • 2015: Parker/Gentry Award, Chicago Field Museum, Award for establishing a conservation organization in the Philippines (the Mabuwaya Foundation) that implements biodiversity research and conservation projects, raises awareness and public support for biodiversity conservation and trains students and Philippine wildlife professionals in biodiversity conservation.  
  • 2006: Castillo Award for crocodile conservation, IUCN Species Survival Commission/ Crocodile Specialist Group. Award for establishing a community-based conservation project for the critically endangered Philippine crocodile

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