Biography

I am a geographer and engineer interested in understanding land change as coupled human-natural systems, with an aim to develop solutions to address sustainability challenges in Southeast Asia.

Presently, I am a researcher at the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions of the National University of Singapore, working on projects applying remote sensing and geospatial technologies and techniques for forest measurement, monitoring, reporting, and verification (M & MRV) and nature-based solutions. Between 2016–mid-2021, I was a researcher at the Applied Plant Ecology Lab, also at the National University of Singapore, studying the processes and impacts—both biophysical and socio-econo-political—of the profound agricultural transformation of tropical forest landscapes in Southeast Asia by integrating various quantitative and qualitative approaches in geographical research studies.

Prior to joining academia (c. 2000–2015), I was a conservation practitioner-scientist and worked with international, national, and local conservation organisations including Fauna & Flora International, Foundation for the Philippine Environment, and Haribon Foundation.

I am a member of the Global Land Programme, the Biodiversity Conservation Society of the Philippines, the Philippine Geographical Society, and a former science team member of the ALOS Kyoto & Carbon Initiative, an international research collaboration led by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Interests

  • Land Change
  • Remote Sensing
  • Conservation
  • Political Ecology
  • Sustainability
  • Southeast Asia

Education

  • MSc in Geomatics Engineering, 2017

    University of the Philippines Diliman

  • BSc in Geodetic Engineering, 2000

    University of the Philippines Diliman

In The News

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Global Land Programme

Our systematic review of forest change in the Himalayas is in the GLP News.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer

Our 2021 Scientific Reports paper featured in The Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The Straits Times

Our 2021 Scientific Reports paper featured in The Straits Times.

AZO CleanTech

Our 2021 Scientific Reports paper featured in AZO CleanTech.

PHYS.ORG

Our 2021 Scientific Reports paper featured in Phys.org.

NUS Faculty of Science

Our 2021 Scientific Reports paper on effects of climate change on Philippine dipterocarps featured in the Research News of NUS Faculty …

LEPETITJOURNAL

LePetitJournal.com, a French news website, reported the findings of our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper on quantifying and …

Global Land Programme

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper on quantifying and explaining the historical mangrove cover change in Myanmar is in the …

AEC News Today

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper in AEC News Today.

ECo-Business

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper in Eco-Business.

SciDev.Net

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper in SciDev.Net.

The Watchers

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper featured in The Watchers News.

Futurity

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper featured in Futurity News.

Ecologist

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper featured in Ecologist.

Eurasia Review

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper featured in Eurasia Review.

ECO Magazine

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper featured in ECO Magazine.

Environmental News Network

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper featured in the Environmental News Network.

News Wise

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper featured in News Wise.

sciencenewsnet

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper featured in sciencenewnet.in.

EurekAlert!

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper featured in EurekAlert!

PHYS.ORG

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper featured in Phys.org.

Bioengineer.org

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper blogged in Bioengineer.org.

NUS Faculty of Science

Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper featured in the Research News of NUS Faculty of Science.

Global Land Programme

Our 2020 Conservation Science and Practice paper featured in the GLP News.

MINING[dot]COM

Our 2020 Conservation Science and Practice paper featured in mining[dot]com.

PHYS.ORG

Our 2020 Conservation Science and Practice paper featured in Phys.org.

NUS Faculty of Science

Our 2020 Conservation Science and Practice paper featured in the Research News of NUS Faculty of Science.

Wildlife Conservation Society

Our 2019 Sustainability paper on investigating land-cover regime shifts in WCS Publications list.

Global Land Programme

Our 2019 Sustainability paper on investigating land-cover regime shifts featured in the GLP News.

Recent Publications

Drivers and mechanisms of forest change in the Himalayas

In this paper, we conducted a systematic review of case studies and a causal network analysis to identify, map, and articulate the …

Conservation beyond the existing protected area network is required to improve species and habitat representation in a global biodiversity hotspot

In this paper, we evaluated the representation of wildlife and forest types within protected areas. Current protected area network …

Effects of climate change and land cover on the distributions of a critical tree family in the Philippines

In this paper, we modelled species distributions of dipterocarps in the Philippines, an important tree family that are key to …

Projects

Mangrove Outcomes in Certified Community Forests in Myanmar.

Assessing outcomes in certified community mangrove forests in Myanmar.

Understanding New Deforestation Drivers of Rubber in Mainland Southeast Asia.

Investigating the new deforestation dynamics of rubber in mainland Southeast Asia.

Beyond Deforestation—Drivers and Predictions of Land Cover Change in Mainland Southeast Asia.

Developing improved spatially explicit predictive models of future land change trajectories in Southeast Asia.

Reconciling Agricultural Expansion and Forest Conservation in Myanmar.

Evaluating the drivers of land change influenced by economic development in the context of governance transformation in Myanmar.

Conceptualising and Articulating the Drivers of Deforestation in Myanmar.

Understanding the interactions of stakeholders, resources, and policy towards sustainable use of natural resources in Myanmar.

ALOS Kyoto & Carbon Initiative Phase 4.

Utilising L-Band SAR data for natural resource management in the Philippines.

ALOS Kyoto & Carbon Initiative Phase 3.

Climate-relevant modernisation of the national forest policy and piloting REDD+ measures in the Philippines.

Recent Posts

New project on assessing outcomes in certified community mangrove forests.

This month, we started a new research project that aims to track forest cover in certified community mangrove forests in Myanmar and …

Two new papers coming soon.

I have two new papers coming out soon. First, about the drivers and mechanisms of forest change in the Himalayas led by a friend and …

Philippines dipterocarps paper featured.

Last quarter, we published a paper ‘Effects of climate change and land cover on the distributions of a critical tree family in …

Talks

Upcoming and previous lectures and presentations

NTU ASE Online Zoom Guest Lecture

Online Zoom lecture about my research on understanding land change in Myanmar and the rest of Southeast Asia given to undergraduate and …

NASA SARI Land Cover / Land Use Change International Science Meeting

Poster presentation of my land-cover regime shift paper at the NASA SARI LCLUC international science meeting.

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