DR. LILIAN JENNIFER V. RODRIGUEZ
Associate Dean for Student, Alumni and Public Affairs
College of Science, University of the Philippines Diliman

She works as an assistant professor in the University of the Philippines Diliman. She teaches undergraduate and graduate plant systematics, ecology, biogeography and biostatistics. Lillian finished her Ph.D. in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Science in 2016 in the Université de Montpellier, France. She got her M.S. Biology and B.S. Biology degrees from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is a National Geographic Explorer and has been working on Philippine figs and fig wasps for a decade now. 

She loves this study system because it is intricate and specialized. Her life-long goal is to see all the fig species in the Philippines and to document their wasp associations. She uses the fig-wasp system to study plant and insect evolution and to look at how new species are produced. Lillian also advocates the use of fig trees in forest restoration because they are an integral part of the tropical ecosystem. She also studies the potential effects of climate warming on insect lifespan. In her free time, Lillian loves to travel and to immerse herself in the outdoors, enjoying the pristine island beaches, the cool mountain air and the star-studded night sky.