Marie Joy B. Beltran
University Researcher I
MS Entomology, University of the Philippines Los Baños
Insect Ecology, Abundance and distribution of insects (pests and natural enemies)
Ms Beltran is a graduate of BS Agriculture (Entomology) and MS Entomology (Insect Ecology) in UPLB. In 2011, she started to work as a Research Assistant in a series of contractual appointments involving researches on the major insect pests of mango such as thrips, cecid fly and MPW at the Institute of Weed Science, Entomology & Plant Pathology. In 2013, she was assigned to do basic studies on the outbreak of coconut scale insect- the major pest problem of coconut at that time. This was the focus of her graduate research topic in UPLB, which was also part of the research project of her adviser/previous supervisor, Dr. Medina.
In 2017, Ms Beltran was hired as UR I in the Center and this gave her the opportunity to conduct small and basic studies on the insect pests of coffee, garlic and calamansi, as well as to participate in international workshops on conservation biological control. As a junior researcher, she would like to look into the ecological principles underlying insect abundance and distribution- and their implications to the development of pest management strategies