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Carl Oliveros
Graduate Student
Ornithology
Biodiversity Institute

Contact Information

Office Phone: 
785.864.2294
Building: 
Dyche Hall

I am interested in studying patterns of avian diversification in Southeast Asia, with a focus on the Philippine archipelago, an ideal system for such investigations with its high rate of endemism combined with its complex geological history. Towards this goal I attempt to reconstruct the evolutionary history of various bird groups to review their taxonomic status and reveal the mechanisms that have generated their diversity.

I believe that the diversity of Philippine vertebrates is still vastly underestimated. I hope to help fill in this gap by helping document and describe species and communities throughout the island group. Fieldwork is an important component of my research. The map below shows sites where I have worked.

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2013

2012

2011

Oliveros CH, Layusa CAA.  2011.  First Description of the Nest and Eggs of the Calayan Rail. Journal of the Yamashina Institiute for Ornithology. 42:143–146.
Oliveros CH, Ota H, Crombie RI, Brown RM.  2011.  The herpetofauna of the Babuyan Islands, northern Philippines. Scientific Papers, Natural History Museum, The University of Kansas. 43:1–20.

2010

Oliveros CH, Moyle RG.  2010.  Origin and diversification of Philippine bulbuls. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 54:822–832.

2009

Education

2009.  M.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology .  University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

1997.  B.S. in Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude. De La Salle Univeristy, Manila, Philippines.

 

Professional Positions

Professional Societies

Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines

Grants

  • July 2013. "Disentangling phylogenetic relationships in an explosive bird radiation,"  NSF-Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, USD 19,256.
  • July 2013. "Disentangling phylogenetic relationships in an explosive bird radiation,"  AMNH Frank M. Chapman Fund, USD 1,725.
  • July 2013. "Disentangling phylogenetic relationships in an explosive bird radiation,"  Panorama Society Research Grant, USD 650.
  • October 2011. "Origins of an explosive and widespread bird radiation," KU Graduate Student Research Fund, USD 1,997.
  • October 2011. "Origins of an explosive and widespread bird radiation," Panorama Society Research Grant, USD 1,000.
  • August 2009. "Establishing a locally-managed wildlife sanctuary in Calayan Island," Team member, PHP 712,800, Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Inc.
  • August 2009. "Calayan Rail Project 3: Targeting community involvement in conserving an island-endemic species," Team member, USD 1,500 in equipement, Ideawild.
  • March 2009. Conservation Leadership Programme Leadership Award, "Calayan Rail Project 3: Targeting community involvement in conserving an island-endemic species," Team member, USD 50,000, Conservation Leadership Programme.
  • January 2009. OBC Wildwings Conservation Awareness Award, "Participatory approach in localizing environmental educatiohn in the Municipality of Calayan, Cagayan, and Philippines," Team member, GBP 1,000, Oriental Bird Club.
  • July 2007. John Judy Grant Award, Team member, USD 500, Environmental Education and Conservation Global.
  • March 2007.Conservation Leadership Programme Follow-up Award, "Calayan Rail Project 2: Building stakeholders' capacity to conserve an island-endemic species," Team leader, USD 25,000, Conservation Leadership Programme.

Awards

  • 2013. KU Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Summer Research Fellowship.  USD 2,400.
  • 2013-2014. University of Kansas Graduate Fellowship. USD 18,000.

Presentations

  • Oliveros, C. H. and R. G. Moyle. Reconstructing the biogeographic history of Philippine whistlers reveals complex scenarios of colonization history and two unrecognized species. 1st International Ornithological Congress of Southeast Asia. November 2012. Contributed oral paper.  Best presenter.
  • Oliveros, C.H., S. Reddy and R.G. Moyle. 2012. The phylogenetic position of some Philippine “babblers” spans the muscicapoid and sylvioid bird radiations. 1st International Ornithological Congress of Southeast Asia. November 2012. Poster presentation.
  • Oliveros, C. H. and R. G. Moyle. Reconstructing the biogeographic history of Philippine whistlers reveals complex scenarios of colonization history and two unrecognized species. 5th North American Ornithological Congress. August 2012. Poster presentation.
  • Selbe, J. S., C. H. Oliveros and R. G. Moyle. Phylogeography of Philippine drongos reveals underestimated species diversity. SELF Research Symposium, Lawrence, Kansas. July 2012. Poster presentation.
  • Layusa, C. A. A., J. D. De Alban, C. C. Monoy, T. B. Moya and C. H. Oliveros. Implications of Hunting and Forest Loss to the Conservation and Habitat of the Calayan Rail Gallirallus calayanensis. 21st Annual Philippine Biodiversity Symposium of the Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines, Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines. April 2012. Contributed oral paper.
  • Layusa, C.A.A., J. D. T. De Alban, A. Lira-Noriega, C. C. Monoy, T. B. Moya and C. H. Oliveros. An Assessment of the Conservation Status of the Calayan Rail Using Species Distribution Modeling, Forest Change Detection, and Interview Data. 2012 Asia-Pacific Chapter Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Yunnan, China. April 2012. Contributed oral paper.
  • Selbe, J. S., C. H. Oliveros and R. G. Moyle. Phylogeography of two polytypic bird species from the Philippines. 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Lawrence, Kansas. April 2012. Poster presentation.
  • Selbe, J. S., C. H. Oliveros and R. G. Moyle. Phylogeography of two polytypic bird species from the Philippines. 12th Annual University of Kansas-Haskell Indian Nations University Undergraduate Research Symposium, Lawrence, Kansas. April 2012. Poster presentation.
  • Oliveros, C. H. and R. G. Moyle. Some biogeographic insights from recent molecular phylogenetic studies of Philippine birds. Institute of Biology, University of the Philippines. 16 August 2011. Invited department seminar.
  • Oliveros, C. H. and R. G. Moyle. 2011. Origin and diversification of Philippine birds: examples from bulbuls and scops owls. 20th Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines Annual Meeting, Dumaguete City, Philippines. April. Contributed oral paper.
  • Brown, R., J. Esselstyn, C. Oliveros and A. Diesmos. 2011. The Conservation Significance of Phylogenetic Exceptions to the Palawan Rule. 20th Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines Annual Meeting, Dumaguete City, Philippines. April. Contributed oral paper.
  • Layusa, C. A. A., C. H. Oliveros and A. Lira-Noriega. 2011. Modeling the distribution of an island-endemic rail. 20th Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines Annual Meeting, Dumaguete City, Philippines. April. Contributed oral paper.
  • Oliveros, C. H., C. A. A. Layusa and J. B. Reynon. 2011. Monitoring the population of the Calayan Rail.  20th Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines Annual Meeting, Dumaguete City, Philippines. April. Poster presentation.
  • Oliveros, C. H., C. A. A. Layusa and J. B. Reynon. 2011. Monitoring the population of the Calayan Rail.  2011 Joint Meeting of the Association of Field Ornithology, Cooper Ornithological Society and Wilson Ornithological Society, Kearney, NE. March. Contributed oral paper.
  • Andersen, M. J., C. H. Oliveros, A. Nyari, C. E. Filardi and R. G. Moyle.  2010. A molecular phylogeny of the Variable Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus) reveals a novel Philippine lineage. Joint Meeting of the Cooper Ornithological Society, the American Ornithologists’ Union, and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, San Diego, California.  February.
  • Moyle R. G., M. J. Andersen, C. H. Oliveros and S. Reddy.  2010. Higher level phylogeny of the core babblers (Timaliidae). Joint Meeting of the Cooper Ornithological Society, the American Ornithologists’ Union, and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, San Diego, California.  February.
  • Garcia, H., N. M. Follosco, C. A. Layusa, C. Monoy, C. Oliveros and J. Reynon. 2010. Gathering local knowledge in quantifying hunting pressure on the Calayan Rail  Gallirallus calayanensis. 19th Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines Annual Meeting, Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines. April.  Poster.
  • Garcia, H., N. M. Follosco, C. A. Layusa, C. Monoy, C. Oliveros and J. Reynon. 2010. Gathering local knowledge in quantifying hunting pressure on the Calayan Rail  Gallirallus calayanensis. 1st Student Conference in Conservation Biology, Bangalore, India. June.
  • Layusa, C. A., N. M. Follosco and C. H. Oliveros. 2009. Establishing a Community-Managed Wildlife Sanctuary Calayan Island, Northern Philippines. 18th Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines Annual Meeting, Baguio City, Philippines. April. Poster.
  • Layusa, C. A., N. M. Follosco and C. H. Oliveros. 2009. Establishing a Community-Managed Wildlife Sanctuary Calayan Island, Northern Philippines.  International Congress for Conservation Biology, Beijing China.  July. Poster.
  • Oliveros, C. H. and R. G. Moyle. 2009. Origin and diversification of Philippine bulbuls. 127th Annual Meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U. S. A. August. 
  • Oliveros, C. 2008. Conservation of the Calayan Rail. Seminar to undergraduate biology majors, Avila University, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A. Oct.
  • Oliveros, C., Layusa, C.A., and Morales, M.A. 2008. Monitoring the status of the Calayan Rail. 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Conservation Biology, Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A., July.
  • Oliveros, C., E. Aca, M. Ferido, K. Javier, C.A.A. Layusa, H.J. Garcia. 2008. Calayan Rail Project II: Building Local Stakeholders Capacity to Protect an Island Endemic Species. 2008 International Congress for Conservation Biology, Society for Conservation Biology, Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A., July.
  • Oliveros, C. 2007. Conservation of the Calayan Rail. Graduate Student Organization Annual Retreat, Univeristy of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, Oct.

 

Publications

2013

2012

2011

Oliveros CH, Layusa CAA.  2011.  First Description of the Nest and Eggs of the Calayan Rail. Journal of the Yamashina Institiute for Ornithology. 42:143–146.
Oliveros CH, Ota H, Crombie RI, Brown RM.  2011.  The herpetofauna of the Babuyan Islands, northern Philippines. Scientific Papers, Natural History Museum, The University of Kansas. 43:1–20.

2010

Oliveros CH, Moyle RG.  2010.  Origin and diversification of Philippine bulbuls. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 54:822–832.

2009

Collaborators: 
Arvin C. Diesmos

Curator of Herpetology, National Museum of the Philippines. Ph.D. in Ecology, Biodiversity and Environmental Biology, National University of Singapore.

 

Jacob A. Esselstyn

Post-doctoral Researcher, McMaster University. Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas.

 

Cynthia Adeline A. Layusa

Program Manager, Isla Biodiversity Conservation. M.S. in Environmental Science, University of the Philippines-Diliman.