Erina is currently taking up Masters in Environmental Science at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. As a National Geographic Young Explorer, she did further research in the Northern part of the Philippines exploring on possible shifting baseline syndrome in the context of examining vulnerable and locally extinct reef fish species. She wants to use this anecdotal evidence from fishers' knowledge and convert it to hard data which will be useful in fisheries management.
Growing up seeing an already depleted ocean as normal, today’s Filipino fishers often lack the awareness of how rich their waters were just a generation ago. This project is helping bring those memories to light.