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Rodel D. Lasco

Outstanding Young Scientist (1997)

Expertise: Forestry and Agroforestry, Silviculture Development and Management, Environmental Studies, Terrestrial Ecosystems , Small Farms Agroforestry, Natural Resources Management

Dr. Rodel Lasco is recognized for his important, outstanding contributions in Agroforestry in the Philippines. His studies resulted in establishing systems for the different Agroforestry sites in the country, identifying the best combination of plant species, their cultural and management practices.

Affiliation

Asst. Professor, Silviculture and Forest Influences Dept., College of Forestry, UPLB

Associate Dean, UPLB College of Forestry, College, Laguna

Association

    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Member
    • Philippine Forestry Research Society, Member
    • East-Wets Center Alumni Association, Member
    • Philippine-Japan Fellows Association, Member
    • UPLB Alumni Association, Member
    • Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society, Member

Employment

    • College of Forestry, UPLB, Asst. Professor VII, 1995-present
    • Institute of Environmental Science and Management, UPLB, Affiliate Faculty
    • UPLB, Asst. Professor IV, 1991-1994
    • College of Forestry, UPLB, Asst. Professor, 1990-1991
    • College of Forestry, UPLB, Instructor IV, 1987-1991
    • Forest Resource Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University, USA, Graduate Research Assistant, 1988
    • College of Forestry, UPLB, Instructor III, 1985-1986
    • College of Forestry, UPLB, Instructor II, 1981-1984
    • Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UPLB, Professor/Faculty Member, 1981-2004
    • Center for International Forestry research (CIFOR), Bogor, Malaysia, Visiting Scientists, 1991 O-N
    • International Agencies, Consultant

Award

    • Outstanding Researcher Award, College of Forestry, UPLB, 1995
    • Guillermo Ponce Professorial Chair in Forestry, UPLB, 1993-1994
    • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Guelph University.(ERMP-IESAM) Canadian International Development Agency, 1992-1993
    • Graduate Research Assistantship, The Pennsylvania State University, 1988
    • Colombo Plan Fellowship, Japan, 1986
    • PCARRD Graduate Scholarship Grant, , 1985-1986
    • Cum Laude (B.S. Forestry), UPLB, 1981
    • Academic Excellence in Forest Science, UPLB, 1981
    • Gamma Sigma Delta Senior Scholarship of Merit, , 1981
    • BFD Scholarship Grant, , 1977-1981
    • Philippine Science High School Scholarship, , 1973-1977
    • Outstanding Young Scientist (Forestry), NAST-DOST, 1997
    • Finalist, NAST-Hugh Greenwood Environmental Science Award, NAST, 2002
    • Gawad Lagablab (Outstanding Alumnus Award), Philippine Science High School Alumni Assocviation, 1998
    • Special Achievement Award in Environmental Forestry, UPLB-CFNR Alumni Association, 1998
    • Outstanding Researcher , College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UPLB, 2003 Ap
    • Outstanding Scientist Award , Forests and Natural Resources Research Society of the Philippines, 2006
    • Co-Winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize,

Research

    • Agroforestry assistance program [Completed]
    • Alternative modules of upland farming for Negros Sugar Workers. [Completed]
    • Climatic and and edaphic site factors characterization of Pagkalinawan, Jalajala, Rizal. [Completed]
    • Determination of suitable nurse crops and the appropriate time of removal for almaciga seedlings. [Completed]
    • Development of a computer based design procedure for agroforetry models. [Completed]
    • Development of agroforestry systems for the rehabilitation of denuded upland areas [Completed]
    • Erosion and runoff studies of agroforestry systems in Pagkalinawan, Jalajala, Rizal. [Completed]
    • Methodology development for evaluating agroforestry systems [Completed]
    • Multilateral program on development of upland and highland farming systems. [Completed]
    • On-farm evaluation of the Naalad indigenous agroforestry system. [COMPLETED]
    • On-farm trials of MPTS suitability for agroforestry systems [Completed]
    • Technology impact assessment [Completed]
    • UPLB Agroforestry Program [Completed]
    • UPLB Program for Upland [Completed]

Papers Presented

    • On-farm Evaluation of the Naalad Indigenous Agroforestry System: Preliminary Findings- Towards More Effective Utilization of Resources for Sustainable Development, 1st IFS NRCP Seminar-Workshop
    • Agroforestry Systems in the Philippines: Inventory and Assessment, Symposium on Agroforestry Systems and Technology, BIOTROP, Bogor, Indonesia
    • Management of Tropical Forests: Implications to Global Warming, 8th Global Warming Conference
    • The Mountain Ecosystems in the Philippines: Opportunities for Mitigating Climate Change, European Conference on Environmental and Societal Change in Mountain Region, Oxford University, U.K.
    • A leucocephala-based modified fallow system in the Philippines, 3rd North American Agroforestry Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
    • On-farm Evaluation of the Naalad Indigenous Agroforestry System: Preliminary Findings, 1st IFS NRCP Seminar-Workshop
    • On-farm Documentation of an Improved Fallow System in the Philippines: The Naalad System, International Symposium on the Rehabilitation of Degraded Forest Land, Tsukuba, Japan
    • MPTS in Indigenous Agroforestry Systems , Workshop on MPTS Research in Asia, IFS-Winrock F/FRED, UPLB
    • Sustainable Upland Agriculture Project in the Philippines: A Multilateral Project, International Seminar on Development of Agribusiness and Its Impact on Agricultural Production in Southeast Asia, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan
    • A Leucaena Leucocephala-based Modified Fallow System in the Philippines, 3rd North American Agroforesty Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
    • Small-farm MPTS Research in the Philippines: Methods, Issues, and Institutions, Meeting on Orienting MPTS Research for Small Farm Use, Winrock International F/FRED, Jakarta, Indonesia

Education

    • University of the Philippines at Los Ba?os, College, Laguna, B.S. Forestry, 1977
    • University of the Philippines at Los Ba?os, College, Laguna, M.S. Forestry (Silviculture/Horticulture), 1986
    • The Pennsylvania State University, USA, Ph.D. Forest Resources (12 Units), 1988
    • University of the Philippines at Los Ba?os, College, Laguna, Ph.D. Forestry ( Silviculture / Environmental Studies), 1991
    • University of Guelph, Canada, Post-doctorate, 1993

Publication

    • Lasco, R.D., Lasco, H.D., (1994) Agroforestry systems in the Philippines: inventory and assessment in Agroforestry Project Planning and Management(A Training Manual)
    • UPLB Agroforestry Program and Kapwa Upliftment Foundation Inc., UPLB
    • Lasco, R.D., Lasco, H.D., (1994) Soil and water conservation and management (A Training Manual)
    • UPLB
    • Lasco, R.D. Lasco, H.D., (1994) Agroforestry production and post production system
    • A Taining Manual
    • Lasco, R.D., (1994) Agroforestry on-farm studies in the Philippines/Technology Verification Through On-farm trials: A Training Manual
    • UPLB Agroforestry Program and Kapwa Upliftment Foundation, Inc., UPLB
    • Lasco, R.D., (1994) Mechanical/engineering soil conservation measures
    • Soil and Water Conservation and Management:A Training Manual, Los Ba?os: UPLB Agroforestry Program and Kapwa Upliftment Foundation, Inc.
    • Lasco, R.D., Malinao, E.C., (1993) Hieght growth and herbage production of seven MPTS used as hedgerows in an alley cropping system: an on-farm experiment
    • Sylvatrop, the Technical Journal for Philippine Ecosystems and Natural Resources Volume 3, No. 1
    • Lasco, R.D., Dalmacio, R.V., (1993) The effect of mulch from the herbage of four agroforestry species on the yield and yield components of upland rice (Oryza sativa L. and bush sitao (Vigna sesquipedalis Fruw.) Pterocarpus
    • Philippine Journal of Forestry and Forest Products Volume 8, No. 2
    • Visco, R.G., Lasco, R.D., (1994) Effects of hedgerow number and pruning frequency on the yield of Gliricidia sepium (Jack.) Walp. and alley cropped maize
    • Pterocarpus Volume 8, No. 2
    • Lasco, R.D., (1992) Multipurpose trees in agroforestry
    • Growing Multipurpose Trees on Small Farms, Bangkok, Thailand, Winrock International
    • Lasco, R.D. Dalmacio, R.V., (1992) The effect of mulch from four agroforestry species on an acid soil in the Philippines.
    • Pterocarpus
    • Lasco, R.D., (1992) On-farm documentation of an improved fallow system in the Philippines: the Naalad system
    • Proc., International Symposium on the Rehabilitation of Degraded Forest Land, Tsukuba, Japan, 17-18 S 1992
    • Lasco, R.D., (1991) The role of forests in agroforestry.
    • Canopy International
    • Lasco, R.D., (1990) MPTS in indigenous agroforestry systems.
    • Proc., Workshop on MPTS Research in Asia. IFS-Winrock F/FRED, UPLB,
    • Lasco, R.D., Carandang, W.M., (1989) Small-farm MPTS research in the Philippines: methods, issues, and institutions
    • Proc., Meeting on Orienting MPTS Research for Small Farm Use, Jakarta, Indonesia,
    • Lasco, R.D. Lasco, H.D., (1994) Agroforestry systems in the Philippines: Inventory and assessment.
    • Los Ba?os, College, Laguna
    • Lasco, R.D., (1989) Alley cropping in the Philippines : An assessment
    • IESAM Bulletin Volume 9, No. 1
    • Lasco, R.D., Pulhin, J.M. , (2006) Environmental impacts of community-based forest management in the Philippines
    • International Journal Environment and Sustainable Development Volume 5, No. 1
    • Lasco, R.D., Suson, P.D., (1993) On-farm evaluation of the Naalad indigenous agroforestry system: Preliminary findings
    • Towards More Effective Utilization of Resources for Sustainable Development
    • Lasco, R.D., (1988) Multistorey agroforestry systems in the Philippine uplands: an inventory and assessment.
    • Philippine Lumberman
    • Lasco, R.D., Malinao, E.P., (1988) Climatic and edaphic site characterization of Pagkalinawan, Jalajala, Rizal
    • Learning Site Series No. 4 in Social Forestry, UPLBCF.
    • Lasco, R.D., Malinao, E.P., (1988) Soil texture analysis of upland soils in Pagkalinawan, Jalajala, Rizal
    • Learning Site Series No.4 in Social Forestry, UPLBCF
    • Lasco, R.D., (1989) Agroforestry: old practice, new hope
    • Agriscope Magazine Volume 3, No. 3
    • Lasco, R.D., (1987) Agroforestry systems design and development: the model principle.
    • Canopy International Volume 13, No. 6
    • Lasco, R.D., (1987) A comparative study of two agroforestry systems in Pagkalinawan, Jalajala, Rizal.
    • Occasional Paper No. 10 in Social Forestry
    • Lasco, R.D., (1986) A case study of two upland vegetable farms in Mt. Trail, Benguet ( An Agroforestry Perspective)
    • Occasional Paper No.9 in Social Forestry UPLBCF.
    • Lasco, R.D., (1986) Agroforestry and its role in social forestry.
    • Occasional Paper No.6 in Social Forestry, UPLBCF
    • Lasco, R.D., Rambo, T., Bassig, T., () A case study of two kaingin farmers in the Masalukot Upland Community
    • Man-environment Interactions: Case Studies of the Masalukot Upland Community, PESAM, UPLB
    • Lasco, R.D., Pulhin, F.B., (2000) Forest land-use change in the Philippines and climate change mitigation
    • Mitigation and Adaptation Strategy on Global Change Journal Volume 5
    • Lasco, R.D., (2000) Project-based activities
    • Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry, (Chapter 5), Cambridge University Press
    • Lasco, R.D., (2000) Implications of different definitions and generic issues
    • Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (Chapter 2), Cambridge University Press
    • Lales, J.S., Lasco, R.D., Geronimo, I.Q., (2001) Carbon storage capacity of major crops and grassland species in a geothermal block
    • Philippine Agricultural Scientist Volume 84, No. 1
    • Lasco, R.D. Guillermo. I.Q. Cruz, R.V.Q. Bantayan, N.C. Pulhin, F.B., (2001b) Carbon stocks assessment of a tropical secondary forest in Mt. Makiling, Philippines.
    • Journal of Tropical Forest Science
    • Lasco, R.D., Lales, J.S., Arnuevo, M.T., Guillermo, I.Q., de Jesus, A.C., Medrano, R., Bajar, O.F., Mendoza, C.V., (1999) Carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption and sequestration in the PNOC-Leyte Geothermal Reservation
    • Environmental Forestry Programme (ENFOR), UPLB, College, Laguna
    • Lasco, R.D. Lales, J.S. Arnuevo, M.T. Guillermo, I.Q. de Jesus, A.C. Medrano, R. Bajar, O.F. Mendoza, C.V., (2001a) Carbon dioxide (CO2) storage and sequestration of landcover in the Leyte Geothermal Reservation .
    • Renewable Energy
    • Lasco, R.D., Lasco, H.D., (1989) Agroforestry systems in the Philippines: inventory and assessment
    • Proc., Symposium on Agroforestry Systems and Technology, BIOTROP, Bogor, Indonesia
    • Lasco, R.D., Okazaki, M., Furoc, R.P., (1996) Alley cropping systems in the Philippines
    • Rehabilitation and Development of Upland and Highland Ecosystem, (Anase, Mandang and Lasco, eds.,)Tokyo: Tokyo University of Agriculture Press
    • Lasco, R.D., Pulhin, F.B., (1998) Philippine forest lands: Opportunities for mitigating climate change
    • Transactions of the National Academy of Science and Technology Volume 20
    • Lasco, R.D., (1991) Herbage decomposition of some agroforestry species and their effect as mulch on soil properties and crop yield
    • Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation Research
    • Lasco, R.D., Pulhin, F.B., Sales, R.F., (2007) Analysis of leakage in carbon sequestration projects in forestry: a case study of upper magat watershed, Philippines
    • Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change Volume 12
    • Lasco, R.D., Cardinoza, M., (2007) Baseline Carbon stocks assessment and projection of future carbon benefits of a carbon sequestration project in East Timor
    • Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change Volume 12
    • Lasco, R.D., (2007) The Naalad improved fallow system in the Philippines and its implications for global warming
    • Voices from the Forest: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into Sustainable Upland Farming. Cairns, M (ed), Resources for the Future: Washington, DC
    • Lasco, R.D., Pulhin, F.B., (2006) Laguna Lake Basin and Sierra Madre Community Forests, the Philippines
    • Community Forest Management as a Carbon Mitigation Option: Case Studies (D. Murdiyarso and M. Skutsch, eds.), Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor Barat, Indonesia
    • Villamor, G.B., Lasco, R.D., (2006) Case Study 7. The lkalahan Ancestral Domain, tare Philippines. In Community Forest Management as a Carbon Mitigation Option: Case Studies (D Murdiyarso And M Skutsch, eds).
    • Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor Barat, Indonesia
    • Lasco, R.D., MacDicken, K., Pulhin, F.B., Guillermo, I.Q., Sales, R.F., Cruz< R.V.O., (2006) Carbon stocks assessment of a selectively logged dipterocarp forest and wood processing mill in the Philippines
    • Journal of Tropical Forest Science Volume 18
    • Lasco, R.D., Pulhin, F.B., (2006) Assessing the role of watershed areas in mitigating climate change in the Phiilippines: the case of La Mesa watershed
    • Journal of Environmental Science and Management Volume 9
    • Lasco, R.D., Ogle, S.M., Raison, J., Verchot, L.V., Wassmann, R., Yagi, K., (2006) IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories/Chapter 5 Cropland
    • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Japan Volume Chapter V
    • Banaticla, M.R.N., Lasco, R.D., (2006) Carbon Storage of Land Cover Types in the Western Margin of Mt. Makiling , Laguna. Philippines .
    • Journal of Nature Studies Volume 5
    • Snelder, D., Lasco, R., (2008) Smallholder Tree Growing in South and Southeast Asia, (Snelder, D and RD Lasco (eds))
    • Smallholder Tree Growing for Rural Development and Environmental Services: Lessons from Asia/ Advances in Agroforestry Vol 5: Springer Volume 5
    • Lasco, R.D., Pulhin, F.B., Cruz, R.V.O., (2008) Carbon stocks assessment of forest land uses in the Kaliwa Watershed, Philippines
    • Journal of Environmental Science and Management Volume 11
    • Racelis, E.L., Carandang, W.M., Lasco, R.D., Racelis, D.A., Arturo, S.A., Castillo, Pulhin, J.M., (2008) Assessing the carbon budgets of large leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla king) and Dipterocarp plantations in the Mt. Makiling forest reserve, Philippines
    • Journal of Environmental Science and Management Volume 11
    • Lasco, R.D., Rafaela Jane Delfino, R.J., Pulhin, F.B., Rangasa, M., (2008 S 30) The Role of Local Government Units in Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in the Philippines
    • AdaptNet Policy Forum 08-09-P-Ad
    • Roshetko, J.M., Lasco, R.D., (2008 Ap) What smallholder agroforestry systems are appropriate for carbon storage
    • Overstory Journal
    • Lasco, R.D., Gerpacio, R., Sanchez, P.A.J., Delfino, R.J.P., (2008) Philippines policies in response to a changing climate: A review of natural resource policies
    • Policy Brief, SEARCA, Los Banos, Laguna
    • Neil Leary, James Adejuwon, Vicente Barros, Ian Burton, Jyoti Kulkarni and Rodel Lasco (eds). , (2007)
    • Climate Change and Adaptation. London: Earthscan.
    • Lasco, R.D., Cruz, R.V.O., Pulhin, J.M., Pulhin, F.B., (2007) Spillovers and Trade-offs of Adaptation in the Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed of the Philippines In, N Leary, J Adejuwon, V Barros, I Burton, J Kulkarni and R Lasco (eds.)
    • Climate Change and Adaptation, London: Earthscan
    • Lasco, R.D., Pulhin, F.B., Cruz, R.V.O., Pulhin, J.M., Roy S.S.N., Sanchez, P.J., (2007) Forest Responses to Changing Rainfall in the Philippines, In, N Leary, C Conde, J Kulkarni, A Nyong and J Pulhin (eds)
    • Climate Change and Vulnerability, London: Earthscan
    • Pulhin, J.M., Peras, R.J.J., Cruz, R.V.O., Lasco, R.D., Pulhin, F.B., Tapia, M.A., (2007) Climate Variability and Extremes in the Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed of the Philippines: An Assessment of Vulnerability
    • Climate Change and Vulnerability. London: Earthscan, (Leary, N., Conde, C., Kulkarni, J., Nyong, A., Pulhin, J. (eds.)
    • Yohe, G.W., Lasco, R.D., Q.K. Ahmad, Q.K., Arnell, N.W., Cohen, S.J., Hope, C., Janetos, A.C., Perez, R.T., (2007) Perspectives on climate change and sustainability
    • Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and VulnerabilityContribution of Working Group 11 to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    • Chokkalingam, U., Carandang, A.P., JM Pulhin, J.M., Lasso, R.D., Peras, R.J.J., Torna, T. (eds.), (2006) One Century Of Forest Rehabilitation In The Philippines: Approaches, Outcomes And Lessons
    • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia
    • Lasco, R.D., Carandang, A.P., Chokkalingam, U., Pulhin, J.M., Razal, R.A., Acosta, R.T., Natividad, M.O., Peras, R.J.J., (2006) Bottlenecks and recommended actions: Stakeholder perspectives from Regions III, VII and XI, Chokkalingam, U., AP Carandang, JM Pulhin, RD Lasso, RJJ Peras, and T Torrra (eds)
    • Book Volume Chapter IV

Trainings

    • Seminar on Multilateral Project on Sustainable Agriculture, 1995 S, Tokyo, Japan
    • International Seminar on Sustainable Agriculture, 1994 N, Khon Kaen, Thailand
    • International Seminar on Experiences in Sustainable Agriculture in Southeast Asia., 1993 D, Bali. Indonesia
    • 3rd North American Agroforestry Conference, 1993 A, Iowa State University, AMES, Iowa, USA
    • 1st IFS-NCRP Seminar Workshop, 1993 A, Makati, Philippines
    • International Symposium on MPTS for Rural Livelihood, 1993 M, Manila, Philippines
    • Symposium on the Rehabilitaion of Degraded Forest Lands, 1992 S, Tsukuba, Japan
    • Asian Farming System Research and Extension Symposium1990, 1990 N, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Workshop on Multipurpose Tree Species Research in Asia, 1990 N, UPLB
    • Meeting on Orienting, 1989 N, Jakarta. Indonesia
    • Symposium on Agroforestry System and Technologies, 1989 S, Bogor, Indonesia
    • Seminar-Workhop on Alternative Logging Systems, 1987 F, UPLBCF
    • Training Course in Forest Soils, 1986 D, Japan
    • Agroforestry Training Course, 1984 O, UPLBCF
    • Workshop on Human-Agroecosystem Interaction, 1981N, East West Center, Hawaii
    • Seminar on Teaching, 1981 J, UPLB
    • GCTE-LUCC Open Science Conference, 1998, Barcelona, Spain
    • International Conference on Tropical Forest and Climate Change (TFCC'98), 1998 O 19-21, Manila
    • 11th Global Biodiversity Forum, IUCN, 1998, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Workshop on Activity Data and Emission Factors, UNFCCC, 1999 Ag, ACCRA, Ghana