Kier Pitogo

Kier Pitogo
  • Graduate Student - Herpetology

Contact Info

Dyche Hall
1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Kier is a Ph.D. student and a wildlife biologist by training, interested in the patterns and processes influencing species diversity and distribution in the Philippines.

He is also into herpetology, ecology, conservation science and practice.


MS Wildlife Studies, University of the Philippines - Los Baños, Philippines
BS Marine Biology, Mindanao State University - General Santos, Philippines

Selected Publications

Pitogo, K.M.E., A.J.L. Saavedra, M.E.B. Aurellado, A.P.O. de Guia, and L.E. Afuang. 2021. Functional traits and environment drive montane amphibian distribution in the southern Philippines. Biodiversity and Conservation 30(14): 4177–4197.

Pitogo, K.M.E., A.J.L. Saavedra, and L.E.Afuang. 2021. Amphibians and reptiles of Mount Busa, Sarangani Province: a glimpse of the herpetological community of southern Mindanao, Philippines. Philippine Journal of Science 150(5): 1279–1306.

Pitogo, K.M.E.2021. Natural history notes on the elusive Taylor’s Burrowing Snake, Pseudorabdion taylori Leviton and Brown 1959, from southern Mindanao, Philippines. Herpetology Notes 14: 759–763.

Pitogo, K. M. E., and A.J.L. Saavedra. 2021. Rediscovery of Guttman’s Stream Frog, Pulchrana guttmani (Brown, 2015) from the mountains of southern Mindanao, Philippines. Herpetology Notes, 14: 163–167.

Pitogo, K.M.E., T.L.P. Senarillos, M.N. Tubera, and A.J. Barley. 2020. New habitat and altitudinal records for the enigmatic Eutropis englei Taylor, 1925 in southern Mindanao, Philippines. Herpetology Notes 13: 1045–1048.


Awards & Honors

Pitogo, K.M.E. Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Academic Fellowship on Environmental Issues. United States Department of State. $12,000. 6 weeks. 09/2016–10/2016.

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Pitogo, K.M.E. Conservation of the Recently Rediscovered Guttman’s Stream Frog (Pulchrana guttmani Brown, 2015): from science to policy. Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund. $2,735. June–December 2021. Funded

Pitogo, K.M.E. Amphibians and reptiles in Mt. Busa, Kiamba, Sarangani Province: species and functional trait responses along forest gradients. United States Agency for International Development (USAID). $3,867. October 2019–December 2020. Funded

Pitogo, K.M.E. Amphibian and reptile diversity of Mt. Busa, southern Mindanao, Philippines: species distributions along forest gradients. The Rufford Foundation. $6,140. March 2010–March 2020. Funded