Dr. Maria Victoria Ortega-Espaldon


Maria Victoria Ortega-Espaldon, Ph.D.

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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.

Academic History

BS Biology (Program in Ecology), University of the Philippines Los Banos, 1984

MS Forestry (Major in Social Forestry), University of the Philippines Los Banos, 1992

PhD in Geography ( Rural Resource Assessment and Environmental Analysis), University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 1995

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ENS 270 Dynamics of Population, Resources and Environment
ENS 220 Institutions and Environment
AERS 282 Theory Construction
ENS 291. Special Topics

Selected Publications

Comiso, J., C. Blanche, T. Sarigumba, M.V.O. Espaldon, and F.P. Lansigan (Editors). 2014. Changing Philippine Climate : Impacts on Agriculture and Natural Resources. University of the Philippines Press. 378 p. Quezon City, Philippines.

Villanueva, J.D., P. Le Coustumer, A. Denis, R. Abuyan, F. Huneau, M. Motelica-Heino, H. Celle-Jeanton, T.R. Perez, M.V.O. Espaldon. 2013. The response of the trace metals to highly contrasted weather conditions in an urban estuary. Water Resources Journal.

UNEP-WCMC 2011. Developing ecosystem service indicators: Experiences and lessons learned from sub-global assessments and other initiatives. 2011. M.V.O. Espaldon, UPLB- Contributing Author. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montréal, Canada. Technical Series No. 58, 118 pages.

Phoumphon, K., M.V.O. Espaldon, C. M. Rebancos and M. A. Dorado. 2011. Dynamics of Land Use in Namhoum Watershed, Nasaythong District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. Journal of Environmental Science and Management 14(1): 40-51. Los Banos, Philippines.

Mischlik, E. and M.V. O. Espaldon. 2011. Vulnerability and Resilience in the Philippines: Science and Policy Linkages. Earthscan Publishing. U.K.

V.B. Molina, M.V.O. Espaldon, M.E. Flavier, E. P. Pacardo and C. M. Rebancos5. 2011. Bioaccumulation in Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) from Laguna de Bay, Philippines. Journal of Environmental Science and Management 14(2): 28-35.

Espaldon, M.V.O. 2010. "Laguna de Bay: A Tropical Lake Under Pressure". In: Handbook on Catchment Management. Wiley-Blackwell, A John &Sons Publishing Ltd, UK. Pp. 388-404.

C. T. Pailagao, M. V. O. Espaldon, M. A. Dorado, D. C. Catacutan, and C. M. Rebancos. 2010. Drivers of Land Use Change in Lantapan, Bukidnon, Philippines Journal of Environmental Science and Management 13(1): 1-11.

Gaillard, JC, E. Maceda and M.V.O. Espaldon. 2009. Sustainable Livelihoods and the Coastal Communities of Samar island, Philippines. Journal of Coastal Conservation. Springer.

Michlik-Acosta, L. and M.V.O. Espaldon. 2008. Vulnerability of Farming Communities to Climate Change and Globalization: A case study in Tanauan City, Batangas, Philippines. Global Environmental Change: Human and Policy Dimension. Springer Publishing.

Espaldon, M.V.O., J. P. Pulhin and R.V. Cruz. 2008. Vulnerability to Climate variability and change in the uplands. Criticial States : Environmental Challenges to Development in Monsoon Southeast Asia (l. Lebel, A. Snidvongs, C.A Arthur Chen, and R. Daniel-Eds). Malaysia. pp. 400-411.

Lasco, R.D. , M.V.O.Espaldon, and M.T. Tapia. 2005. Ecosystem and People : A Millennium Ecosystem Assessment of the Laguna Lake. UPLB.