The world of insects is what she explores. And so she’s called an entomologist.
Meet Dr. Emiliana N. Bernardo is one of the most recognized scientists in the field of entomology. She received a number of awards for the notable research papers she has done. One of her most important works was on “Host Plant Resistance to Insect Pests.”
Dr. Bernardo’s formal introduction to entomology started when she worked as a student assistant at the Department of Entomology of the University of the Philippines in Los Banos (UPLB). Her work involved taking care of insects. When she finished her BS Agriculture degree, she taught at the Department of Entomology at UPLB.
She further boosted her knowledge on entomology by taking up higher studies. In 1958, Dr. Bernardo received a scholarship grant from the International Cooperative Administration-National Economic Council for a Master of Science degree in Entomology. She was also given the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship Award in 1965 to pursue studies leading to the degree in Doctor of Philosophy, also in Entomology. She completed both her masters and doctorate degrees at Kansas State University in the United States.
Dr. Bernardo now serves as an adviser at the DA-BAR National Corn Research and Development Network and co-chair of the DA-BAR Scholarship Committee. She also helps edit technical papers for publication in the scientific journal, The Philippines Entomologist. – John Brian Cia