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Research, Extension, and Professional Staff

Alma Lorelei DJ. Abejero
Alma Lorelei DJ. Abejero
University Researcher 1

Lylee de Jesus is a licensed chemist with seven (7) years experience in a pharmaceutical firm as Quality Assurance Analyst and one (1) year in an environmental service laboratory. She has knowledge in analytical methods and knows the basic operation of HPLC, GC, AAS, FTIR and UV-Vis. She is also trained with basic microbiological techniques and environmental testing. She specialized in water quality assessment and air quality assessment. Her research interests include environmental chemistry, toxicology, environmental health, epidemiology and disaster risk reduction and management.

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

Catherine B. Gigantone
Catherine B. Gigantone
University Research Associate 2

Cathy Gigantone is a University Research Associate 2 involved in water-related researches such as water security in agriculture and environmental pollution in aquatic resources. She is one of the core staffs of Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Water (Water Center) which envisions to be a center of excellence in research, development and extension towards water security for all.

Email: cbgigantone@up.edu.ph

Cherry S. Padilla
Cherry S. Padilla
University Research Associate 2

Cherry’s research interests include impact assessments, carrying capacity assessments, and environment codes. She is an editorial assistant of the Journal of Environmental Science and Management (JESAM) responsible for the journal’s communication, database management and website maintenance.

Email: cspadilla1@up.edu.ph

Dante Gideon K. Vergara
Dante Gideon K. Vergara
University Researcher 1

Dante Vergara is a geographer with research interests in modelling space, scale, and landscape fragmentation. A specialist in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS), he has dealt with Land-Use and Land-Cover Change (LULCC) and urbanization models. He is continually improving a single-valued landscape index for forest fragmentation, and is currently developing an Agent-Based Model for the deforestation behaviour of colonist farmers who produce the fishbone pattern of forest fragmentation in the Amazon. He was recently Director of the Information Technology Center of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, is currently a member of the Core Technical Committee of the eUP Project, and is Project Manager of the UPLB Fiber Optic Expansion and Rehabilitation Project. He plays drums, blues harps, and fronts for a home-grown group of musician friends.

Email: dkvergara@up.edu.ph, uplbgeographer@gmail.com

Evangeline L. Alcantara
Evangeline L. Alcantara
University Researcher 1
For. Sofia A. Alaira
For. Sofia A. Alaira
University Researcher 1

Sofia Aggangan-Alaira is a forester with research interests in forestry and biodiversity. She coordinates and assist in the implementation of environmental code and climate change program.

Email: salaira@yahoo.com

Jessa O. Aquino, EnP
Jessa O. Aquino, EnP
University Research Associate 2

Jessa is a University Research Associate 2 and has been engaged in water security project. Her research interests are water-related studies, urban and human settlements planning and qualitative and social researches. She is one of the core staff of the UPLB Interdisciplinary Studies Center for Water.

Loucel E. Cui, Ph.D.
Loucel E. Cui, Ph.D.
University Researcher 2

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

Robert Patrick M. Cabangbang
Robert Patrick M. Cabangbang
University Research Associate 2

Patrick is a University Research Associate II and was involved in projects on agricultural crop production, management and breeding. He is now engaged in crop monitoring and forecasting and is currently working for the National Program for Integrated Crop Monitoring and Forecasting System.

Simplicio Q. Veluz
Simplicio Q. Veluz
University Researcher 1
Thaddeus P. Lawas, Ph.D.
Thaddeus P. Lawas, Ph.D.
University Extension Specialist 2

Thad Lawas is science communicator with researches related to disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM). His projects are focused in early warning systems and information, education and communication (IEC). He is the Production Editor of the Journal of Environmental Science and Management (JESAM) and Editor of the SESAM bi-monthly newsletter, SESAM Updates and the SESAM Website.

Email: tplawas@up.edu.ph

Yusuf A. Sucol, DVM, MSc.
Yusuf A. Sucol, DVM, MSc.
University Researcher 2

Yusuf is the University Coordinator of the UPLB Climate and Disaster Risks Studies Center (UPLB-CDRSC) and UPLB-GS-SESAM Affiliate Assistant Professor. His research undertakings are on climate change adaptation in agriculture, vulnerability and risk assessments, environment and veterinary public health, and food safety. He is actively engaged in mainstreaming CCA and DRRM into extension education, capacity building, and integrated community and local government planning.

Contact Details
Office Telefax No. +63 (049) 536-2251
Office Room: UPLB-CDRSC Room/Climate Change Lab
Email: yasucol@up.edu.ph