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.
MSc in Geomatics Engineering, 2017
University of the Philippines Diliman
BSc in Geodetic Engineering, 2000
University of the Philippines Diliman
In this paper, we conducted a systematic review of case studies and a causal network analysis to identify, map, and articulate the relationships between the drivers, actors, and mechanisms of forest change across Himalayas.
In this paper, we evaluated the representation of wildlife and forest types within protected areas. Current protected area network underrepresented wildlife species and forest types. Spatial prioritisation identified additional priority areas to meet representation targets. Modest expansion via area-based conservation strategies can enhance protected area effectiveness. Conservation efforts must prioritise involvement and leadership of local communities.
Our 2021 Scientific Reports paper featured in The Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Our 2021 Scientific Reports paper on effects of climate change on Philippine dipterocarps featured in the Research News of NUS Faculty …
LePetitJournal.com, a French news website, reported the findings of our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper on quantifying and …
Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper on quantifying and explaining the historical mangrove cover change in Myanmar is in the …
Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper featured in the Environmental News Network.
Our 2020 Environmental Research Letters paper featured in the Research News of NUS Faculty of Science.
Our 2020 Conservation Science and Practice paper featured in the Research News of NUS Faculty of Science.
Our 2019 Sustainability paper on investigating land-cover regime shifts in WCS Publications list.
Assessing outcomes in certified community mangrove forests in Myanmar.
Investigating the new deforestation dynamics of rubber in mainland Southeast Asia.
Developing improved spatially explicit predictive models of future land change trajectories in Southeast Asia.
Evaluating the drivers of land change influenced by economic development in the context of governance transformation in Myanmar.
Understanding the interactions of stakeholders, resources, and policy towards sustainable use of natural resources in Myanmar.
Utilising L-Band SAR data for natural resource management in the Philippines.
Upcoming and previous lectures and presentations