Dr. Menandro N. Acda is Associate Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Forest Products and Paper Science, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Los Banos. He finished his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of the Philippines Los Banos in 1986 and 1992, respectively, both in the area of Wood Science and Technology. In 1995, he obtained his Ph.D. in Wood Preservation and Biodeterioration from Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR., USA.
Dr. Acda research interests include termite biology and control and bio-based composites. He is considered one of the leading experts on subterranean termite in the Philippines and has published a number of articles in international refereed journals including the discovery of a new species of termite from Mt. Makiling. Dr. Acda is also working on several areas that are geared toward the protection and conservation of the environment through efficient utilization of natural resources. His current projects include utilization of waste chicken feathers for low cost building materials, the use of sludge from paper recycling mills as additives in wood-plastic composites and search for benign bio-pesticides against destructive wood boring insects such as termites and powder post beetles.