Kier Mitchel Esimos Pitogo

Kier Mitchel Esimos Pitogo
  • Doctoral Aspirant

Contact Info


Faculty Mentor: Rafe Brown

Research Interests: patterns and processes influencing species diversity and distribution, herpetology, conservation biology

Hometown: General Santos City, Philippines


B.S. in Marine Biology, Mindanao State University General Santos, 2015, General Santos City, Philippines
M.S. in Wildlife Studies, University of the Philippines Los Baños, 2020, Los Baños, Philippines

Selected Publications

  • Pitogo, K.M.E., Saavedra, A.J.L., Aurellado, M.E.B., de Guia, A.P.O., and Afuang, L.E. 2021. Functional traits and environment drive montane amphibian distribution in the southern Philippines. Biodiversity and Conservation 30(14): 4177–4197.
  • Pitogo, K.M.E., Saavedra, A.J.L., and Afuang, L.E. 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 Saavedra, A.J.L. 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., Senarillos, T.L.P., Tubera, M.N., and Barley, A.J. 2020. New habitat and altitudinal records for the enigmatic Eutropis englei Taylor, 1925 in southern Mindanao, Philippines. Herpetology Notes 13: 1045–1048.

Selected Presentations

  • Pitogo, K.M.E., and Saavedra, A.J.L. Conservation of the recently rediscovered Guttman’s stream frog (Pulchrana guttmani Brown, 2015) in the Philippines: from science to policy. 30th Philippine Biodiversity Symposium, Butuan City, Philippines. December 2022. Oral Presentation

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


  • 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