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Rico C.  Ancog, Ph.D.
Rico C. Ancog, Ph.D.
Dean, Associate Professor 5, UP Scientist III

Rico Ancog is an associate professor and UP Scientist III at the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM) of the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB).

He serves as the Head of the Ecosystem Services and Environmental Policy (ESEP) Research Laboratory of SESAM, while also working as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Environmental Science and Management (JESAM), a Web of Science-indexed journal based in UPLB. He likewise sits as the Board Secretary of the Philippine Network of Environmental Educators (PNEE) and as District Chair of the Environment Protection Committee of Rotary District 3820.

With specialization in environmental science and environmental economics, his research projects are focused on systematic understanding of socio-ecological systems for efficient resource conservation and resilience. He has served as a consultant of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in the initial development of the Philippine Mangrove Systems Accountunder the program, Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services(WAVES). Currently, he also contributed in the development of a Supplemental Manual on the integration of DRRM/CCA in the project evaluation system of NEDA Board’s Investment Coordination Committee (ICC), as well as in the analysis of the the efficiency, financing gap, and potential funding sources of the the Coastal Resources Management (CRM) programs of selected 24 local government units (LGUs) around the country.

He finished his PhD in 2011 in UPLB complemented with a sandwich program in Nagoya University. He was awarded the Dr. Elvira O. Tan Award for Best Published Paper (2017)and the Asian Young Professional on Water Research(2009). He was recently awarded as one of the Outstanding Young Scientists of 2019.

Email: rcancog@up.edu.ph

Juan Miguel R. Guotana, Ph.D.
Juan Miguel R. Guotana, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 3
JM is a geologist with research interests in igneous and metamorphic petrology, mineralogy, geochemistry, tectonics, microanalysis applications in geoscience, and carbonation of ultramafic rocks for CO2 storage. His former research involvements include mantle petrological works, multi-stage metasomatism and metamorphism of ultramafic rocks, high-pressure metamorphism, mineral-water interaction, deep-ocean drilling, drilling the crust-mantle transition (Oman Drilling Project), and geochemistry of volcanic rocks.
Email: jmguotana@gmail.com 
Badi Samaniego, Ph.D.
Badi Samaniego, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 4

Badi has many years of experience in research and coastal resources management, and has collaborated with government institutions, NGOs, academe, local government units and fisher-folks at various levels and capacities since 1995. He specializes in coral reef fish ecology and has been part of numerous projects on marine protected areas assessment and evaluation. He was a research fellow with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and lead the reef fish survey team during the Global Reef Expedition through over 9 territories from the Eastern Pacific (Galapaos) through to the Indian Ocean (British Indian Ocean Territory) from 2012 to 2015. His post-graduate project focused on marine protected areas and looked into trajectories of change in the fish and benthic communities using space for time substitution.

Eduardo C. Calzeta, Ph.D.
Eduardo C. Calzeta, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 4

Dr. Eduardo Calzeta is a forester and an environmental scientist with research interests in watershed management, forestry, hydrology, environmental impact assessment, economic valuation, risk assessment, flood modeling, and early warning system. His former research involvements include clonal propagation, economic valuation, urban forestry, watershed profiling, and vulnerability assessment. 

Evaristo Niño T. Cando, III, Ph.D.
Evaristo Niño T. Cando, III, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 3

Niño Cando is an environmental planner with research interests in urban ecology, environmental governance, land use planning, solid waste management, environmental pollution control, and climate change adaptation and mitigation (CCAM). He coordinates and co-teaches Contemporary Issues in Environment and Development, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): Perspectives from the Natural and Social Sciences and Graduate Seminar.

Jessica D. Villanueva-Peyraube, Ph.D.
Jessica D. Villanueva-Peyraube, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 4

Current work: water resource management, surface and groundwater protection, emerging contaminants and particle characterization, and tool development for environmental surveillance and assessments.

Have a collaborative work on Cave and groundwater management and protection.

Former research involvements: GeoHazards, Changing climate and variation adaptations and resilience, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management (SANREM), Landcare and Agroforestry technologies, small scale aquaculture: developing a tool on assessing its contribution to sustainable rural development

jdvillanuevapeyraube@up.edu.ph

Marisa J. Sobremisana, Ph.D.
Marisa J. Sobremisana, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 7

Marge Sobremisana is an Assistant Professor 4 and has been engaged in water security and water-related researches in cooperation with various local and international organizations. Her work also includes areas dealing with Environmental Management System, Green Productivity, Sustainable Urbanization and Solid Waste Management.

Email: mjsobremisana@up.edu.ph

Hildie Maria E. Nacorda, Ph.D.
Hildie Maria E. Nacorda, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 4

Dr. Hildie Maria Nacorda teaches aquatic and marine science and currently pursues research on biodiversity of coastal zones and the deep sea, with focus on soft bottom (sediment) ecology, behavior of marine invertebrates, invertebrate-seagrass interactions, seagrass ecosystems, and aspects related to coastal resources management.

Email: henacorda@up.edu.phhmenacorda@uplb.edu.ph

Mark Dondi M. Arboleda, Ph.D.
Mark Dondi M. Arboleda, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 4

Dr. Mark Arboleda is a biologist with interests in aquatic ecology, microbiology, molecular biology and biotechnology, marine protected areas and sustainable community development. He coordinates and teaches Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics, Contemporary Issues in Environment and Development, Issues in Aquatic Ecology, Advanced Aquatic Ecology, Industrial Ecology, Special Topics in Environmental Science (Water Quality Assessment), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): Perspectives from the Natural and Social Sciences and Graduate Seminar.

Email: mmarboleda@up.edu.ph

Janice B. Sevilla-Nastor, Ph.D.
Janice B. Sevilla-Nastor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 6

Janice Bugen Sevilla-Nastor is an environmental engineer with research interests in ecotoxicology, aquatic toxicology and sediment toxicity evaluation in the urban environment. She also works on bioaccumulation and transfer kinetics of heavy metals and organic pollutants in the aquatic environment. She co-teaches Advanced Aquatic Ecology, Systems Analysis and Quantitative Methods in Natural Resources Management, Dynamics of Population, Resources and Environment, and Contemporary Issues in Environment and Development.

Email: jbsevillanastor@up.edu.ph

Janice S. Garcia, Ph.D.
Janice S. Garcia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 2

Dr. Janice Garcia specializes in air quality study and her research interest is in the impacts of atmospheric pollutants emitted from various sources to human health and the environment, and method development studies. She also delivers lectures about how environmental and human health risks are managed during engineering design stages of a facility. She coordinates and co-teaches Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics, Environmental Impact Assessment, Contemporary Issues in Environment and Development, and Environmental Research Methods.

Email: jsgarcia17@up.edu.ph or jsusaya@gmail.com

Patricia Ann J. Sanchez, Ph.D.
Patricia Ann J. Sanchez, Ph.D.
Professor 2

Pat Sanchez is an agricultural engineer with research interests in environmental hydrology, climate change impacts, adaptation, mitigation, disaster risk reduction and management, water resources management, extreme events hydrological modelling and crop modelling. She coordinates and co-teaches Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics, Contemporary Issues in Environment and Development, Environmental Hydrology (special topics) and Graduate Seminar classes.

Email: pjsanchez@up.edu.ph

Loucel E. Cui, Ph.D.
Loucel E. Cui, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 4

Loucel is an environmental scientist with research interests in diminutive freshwater fish biodiversity and conservation; water quality change in relation to land use/land cover dynamics; Climate change and climate impact and adaptation in agriculture; Climate education and capacity building.

Contact Details
Office Telefax No. +63 (049) 536-2251
Office Room: SESAM Environmental Lab
Email: lecui@up.edu.ph

Maria Victoria O. Espaldon, Ph.D.
Maria Victoria O. Espaldon, Ph.D.
Professor 12, UP Scientist III

Dr. Vicky Espaldon is a human geographer and Professor at the School of Environmental Science and Management or SESAM, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). She serves as the Chair of the UPLB Climate Risks Study Center. She is former Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension from 2011to 2014 and former Dean of SESAM from 2006 to 2011. Her major research works are in the area of climate change adaptation, human dimensions of environmental changes; environmental and social impact assessment, program monitoring and evaluation; and ecosystem assessment.

Email: moespaldon@up.edu.ph, mariavictoriaespaldon@gmail.com

Decibel V. Faustino-Eslava, Ph.D.
Decibel V. Faustino-Eslava, Ph.D.
Professor 6, UP Scientist III

Dei Eslava is a geologist with research interests in climate change impacts, adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management, bio-geology, environmental geology, geologic hazards, geochemistry, paleomagnetism and tectonics. She coordinates and co-teaches Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics, Contemporary Issues in Environment and Development, and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): Perspectives from the Natural and Social Sciences.

Email: dfeslava@up.edu.ph