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.

Academic History:
BS Mathematics, University of the Philippines Los Baños, 1982
MA Geography, Michigan State University, 2003
PhD Geography candidate, Michigan State University

Courses Currently Taught:
Team teaches ENS 202 and ENS 211

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Selected Publications:

Vergara, Dante. 2005. "A Landscape Fragmentation Index for Biodiversity Using GIS", Chap 6 in Dove, M., P. Sajise, and A. Doolittle (eds), Conserving Nature in Culture Case Studies from Southeast Asia. Monograph 54, Yale Southeast Asia Studies.

Vergara, Dante. 2003. Unpub Masters thesis. "Towards the Development of Spatially Unbiased Landscape Fragmentation Indices"

Vergara, Dante. 2002. "Water Divining", pp 328-330 in Fernandez, P.G., A. Lappay-Aquino, L.E. Parreno-Guzman, and M.A.O. Mercado (eds)., Local Seed Systems for Genetic Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture Sourcebook. University of the Philippines Los Banos – College of Agriculture, Laguna, Philippines.

Vergara, Dante. 1997. "A Fragmentation Index for Biodiversity Studies Using GIS". Chap 12 in Dove, M., P. Sajise (eds). The Conditions of Biodiversity Maintenance in Asia. East-West Center, Hawaii. (monograph).

Walker R, Arima E., Messina J., Soares-Filho B., Perz S., Vergara D., Sales M., Pereira R., and Castro W. 2013. Modeling spatial decisions with graph theory: logging roads and forest fragmentation in the Brazilian Amazon. Ecological Applications, 23(1): 239-254.

Arima, E.Y., Walker, R.T., and Vergara, D.G. 2013. Assessing the Performance of Linear Feature Models: An Approach to Computational Inference. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 79(9): 847-855.

Walker R, Moore NJ, Arima E, Perz S, Simmons C, Caldas M, Vergara D, and Bohrer C. 2009. Protecting the Amazon with Protected Areas. PNAS, 106(26): 10582–10586
Pontius Jr. RG, R Walker, R Yao-Kumah, E Arima, S Aldrich, M Caldas, and D Vergara. 2007. Accuracy Assessment for a Simulation Model of Amazonian Deforestation. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 97(4), pp 677-695.

Walker, R., S.A. Drzyzga, Y. Li, J Qi, M. Caldas, E. Arima and D. Vergara. 2004. "A Behavioral Model of Landscape Change in the Amazon Basin: The Colonist Case", Ecological Applications. 14(4) Supplement, pp S299-S312.