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Decibel Villarisco Faustino-Eslava

Geochemist, Young Affiliate Fellow (4 years) (2013 to 2017)

Expertise: Natural Resources, Environment, Education, DDR, Weather-induced disasters, Geochemistry, Tectonics

Dr. Decibel Faustino-Eslava is recognized for her important contributions in the field of 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.

Affiliation

Dean, School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), University of the Philippines Los Baños College, Laguna, 4031

Association

    • Global Young Academy (GYA), Member
    • The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Member
    • Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS), Member
    • Geological Society of the Philippines (GSP), Member
    • National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Regular Member
    • Philippine Association of Japanese Ministry of Education Scholars (Philajames), Member
    • Philippine Consortium on Environmental Sciences (PCES), Member
    • U.P. Geology Alumni Association (UPGAA), Member
    • U.P. Cwm Zena’na Alumnae Council (UPCZAC), Member
    • The University of Hong Kong Alumni Association (HKUAA), Member
    • 5th Asia-Africa Minerals Conference, Quezon City, Philippines, Member, Organizing Committee
    • National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Chairperson, Division on Earth and Space Sciences
    • Crust-Mantle Evolution in Active Arcs, Sequoia Hotel, Quezon City, Co-Chair
    • 3rd National Conference and Workshop on Environmental Science, Ateneo de Manila University, Organizing committee member
    • Scientific Conference and 81st National Research Council of the Philippines General Membership Assembly, “Future Earth, Future Philippines”, Manila Hotel, Philippines, Facilitator, Cluster on Atmospheric and Environmental Change: Future Earth Program Workshop
    • School of Environmental Science and Management, UP Los Baños, Coordinator for Research, Development and Extension Committee
    • 2nd National Conference and Workshop on Environmental Science, UP Los Baños, Chair, Scientific Committee
    • National Symposium on Building Blocks for Climate Resilience of Local Communities in the Philippines, Member, Organizing Committee
    • 2nd International Symposium and Fieldwork of the International Geoscience Programme 589, Co-Chair, Organizing Committee
    • Geological Society of the Philippines, Treasurer
    • 5th AUN/SEED-Net Regional Conference on Geo-disasters in the ASEAN, Member, Organizing Committee
    • 1st National Symposium and Workshop on Environmental Science, Member, Organizing Committee
    • Journal of the Geological Society of the Philippines, Member, Editorial Board
    • Division on Earth and Space Sciences, National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Chair, Committee on Extension Services
    • Annual Geological Convention of the Geological Society of the Philippines, Member, Organizing Committee
    • Geohazards Forum of the Geological Society of the Philippines, Member, Organizing Committee
    • Mining and Minerals Forum of the Geological Society of the Philippines, Member, Organizing Committee
    • National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) Tectonics and Geodynamics Research Group, Member
    • Division on Earth and Space Sciences, National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Chair, Committee on Research
    • Technical Working Group on the formulation of the Philippine Strategy on Climate Change Adaptation, Member
    • UP Geology Alumni Association, Director
    • Philippine Contingent, Philippines-Taiwan Collaboration on Geosciences, Member
    • Earth Sciences International Conference, Member, Organizing Committee
    • Rediscovering the Philippine Setting: Meteorology, Mineralization and Tectonics Symposium, Member, Organizing Committee

Employment

    • School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), University of the Philippines Los Baños, Dean, 2015 - present
    • School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), University of the Philippines Los Baños, Associate Professor 6, 2011 September - present
    • Rushurgent Working Group, National Institute of Geological Sciences, University of the Philippines, Project Leader/Researcher, 2010 - present
    • National Institute of Geological Sciences, University of the Philippines, Project Researcher, 2008 September - 2009 December
    • Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, P.R.O.C., Research Associate, 2008 March - 2008 May
    • Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, U.P. Manila, Senior Lecturer, 2003 October - 2004 January
    • Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, U.P. Manila, Senior Lecturer, 2009 June
    • Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, U.P. Manila, Instructor 3, 2000 June - 2001 September
    • National Institute of Geological Sciences, University of the Philippines, University Research Associate, 1997 June - 2000 May
    • National Institute of Geological Sciences, University of the Philippines, Student Assistant, 1994 November - 1997 May

Award

    • Young Affiliate Fellow (4 years), The World Academy of Sciences, 2013 to 2017
    • U.P. President's International Publication Awards, University of the Philippines, 2000, 2001, 2012, 2013
    • Studentship Award (5 years), The University of Hong Kong, 2004 to 2009
    • Monbukagakusho Scholarship (2 years), Japanese Government (Monbu-kagaku-shō), 2001 to 2003
    • Fifth Placer, 1997 National (Philippine) Geology Licensure Examination, Professional Regulation Commission, 1997
    • College Scholar Awardee, University of the Philippines, 1994
    • U.P. President's International Publication Awards, University of the Philippines
    • U.P. President's International Publication Awards, University of the Philippines 
    • U.P. President's International Publication Awards, University of the Philippines

Research

    • Across arc variation in the Pinatubo - Arayat transect: Degree of partial melting, mantle source region or tectonic control signature? [Completed], Student assistant, November 1995-January 1997
    • Geochemical and geophysical characterization of the Subic Bay Fault Zone: Towards an understanding of its tectonic setting [Completed], Student assistant, July 1995-December 1996
    • Publication of the ASEAN Journal of Science and Technology for Development: A Regional Technical Journal [Completed], Student assistant, November 1995-December 1998
    • Characterization of the flooding problem in Metro Manila [Completed], Research associate, March 1996-December 2000
    • A study of the Bohol crust - mantle suites emplaced in contrasting tectonic environments [Completed], Research associate, April 1997-June 2000
    • Geology and geochemistry of Philippine ophiolite and ophiolitic complexes [Completed], Research associate, May 1997-April 2002
    • Zamboanga Peninsula: Geological characterization of a new mining district [Completed], Research associate, July 1998-June 2001
    • Geomorphological and geological profiling of Mati, Davao Oriental [Completed], Research associate, April 1998-March 1999
    • Geological baselining of hill-based subdivisions in Antipolo and Montalban areas [Completed], Research associate, January 2000-June 2000
    • Paleomagnetic investigation of central and southern Luzon [Completed], Graduate student researcher, October 2001-September 2003
    • Geophysical studies in Kyushu, Japan: * Seismic surveys and gravity core sampling of Beppu Bay, Oita, Japan * Seismic surveys and gravity core sampling of the Ariake Sea, Amakusa, Japan * Seismic surveys, gravity core and grab sampling in the North Pacif [Completed], Graduate student assistant, 2001 to 2003
    • Paleomagnetic investigation of the Bangong-Nujing Suture Zone [Completed], Graduate student researcher, January 2004-November 2006
    • Geochemical characterization of volcanic rocks along the Bangong-Nujiang Suture Zone, Graduate student researcher, January 2007-March 2009
    • Arc-continent collision in West Central Philippines: Implications on Resource Potential and Natural Hazards [Completed], Science research assistant, September 2008-December 2009
    • Quick-response team: Investigation of the January 2009 flooding of Mindanao consequent to the tail end of the cold front [Completed], Lead investigator, January 2009
    • Quick-response team: Investigation of the effects of the typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in Luzon, Philippines [Completed], Lead investigator, September-October 2009
    • Enhancing Communities' Capacity to Confront Extreme Geo-Meteorological Events at the Core of Climate Change [Completed], Convener / Resource person, March 2009-June 2010
    • Establishing the history of the Philippine island arc system: Clues from the rocks of the Zambales-Pangasinan region [Completed], Project staff, August 2010-February 2013
    • Phase II of the RP-Taiwan collaboration on Geosciences: Overriding the Plate Dynamics: Towards an Integrated Understanding of the Central Philippine Tectonics and its Implications for Mineralization, Current Environmental Conditions and Geophysical Hazard [Completed], Project Leader: Paleomagnetics investigations, March 2011-February 2014
    • Philippines-Taiwan integrated predictive studies of geometeorological hazards [Completed], Project staff, January 2012-December 2014
    • Predictive forensics for averting possible disasters: A FORIN template for tackling issues related to the Valley Fault System and the Angat Dam in Luzon, Philippines [Completed], Primary investigator, July 2012-January 2013
    • Formulation of the Basic Early Warning/Evacuation protocol for the production sites of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) [Completed], Lead for the Geohazards group, July 2012-February 2013
    • Influence of agro-industrialization on the land use of the landscape of Mt. Makiling in San Juan river watershed in Calamba city and Sto. Tomas, Batangas [Completed], Project staff, May 2012-May 2013
    • Influence of land uses on water quality and fish assemblage of the different tributaries of Mt. Makiling watershed in Los Baños and Bay, Laguna [Completed], Project staff, May 2012-May 2013
    • Preparation of Environmental Code of Laguna (Writer for articles on 1) Minerals and 2) Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (Province of Laguna) [Completed], Writer, January 2012-March 2013
    • Survival and growth of broadcasted Gliricidia sepium seeds in a grassland in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija and Mt. Makiling [Completed], Project staff, May 2012-May 2013
    • Formulation of Guidelines for Integration of Climate Change Assessment and Disaster Risk Response in Local Development Planning and Mainstreaming Climate Change Research in Policy Formulation in Selected LGUs [Completed], Project Leader, March 2013-May 2014
    • Climate change influences on watershed landscape patterns and water quality [Completed], Project leader, March 2013-May 2014
    • Paleomagnetism of the Amnay Ophiolite: Constraining the translation history of a South China Sea oceanic fragment [Completed], Co-project leader, April 2013-April 2014
    • Mainstreaming Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry in the Philippines (SARAI) [Ongoing], Project leader, October 2013-September 2016
    • Eco-profiling of Batangas City: Geohazards and Hydrogeological assessment of the Kalumpang River [Completed], Project leader, October 2013-March 2015
    • Preparation of Environmental Code of Tanuan City, Batangas [Ongoing], Technical Writer for Articles on 1) Mineral Resources and 2) Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, July 2015-December 2015

Education

    • The University of Hong Kong, Department of Earth Sciences, James Lee Building, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Doctor of Philosophy in Geology, 2009
    • Kumamoto University, Department of Systems in Natural Environment, Graduate School of Science and Technology, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan, Master of Science in Earth Systems, 2003
    • University of the Philippines, National Institute of Geological Sciences, Diliman, Quezon City, Master of Science in Geology, 2000
    • University of the Philippines, National Institute of Geological Sciences Diliman, Quezon City, Bachelor of Science in Geology, 1997

Publication

    • Salapare, R.C., Dimalanta, C.B., Ramos, N.T., Manalo, P.C., Faustino-Eslava, D.V., Queaño, K.L., & Yumul., G.P., Jr., (2015) Upper crustal structure beneath the Zambales Ophiolite Complex, Luzon, Philippines inferred from integrated gravity, magnetic and geological data
    • Geophysical Journal International Volume 201, No. 3
    • Manalo, P.C., Dimalanta, C.B., Faustino-Eslava, D.V., Ramos, N.T., Queaño, K.L., & Yumul, G.P., Jr., (2015) Crustal thickness variation from a continental to an island arc terrane: Clues from the gravity signatures of the Central Philippines
    • Journal of Asian Earth Sciences Volume 104
    • Dimalanta, C.B., Salapare, R.C., Faustino-Eslava, D.V., Ramos, N.T., Queaño, K.L., Yumul, G.P., Jr., & Yang, T.F., (2015) Post-emplacement history of the Zambales Ophiolite Complex: Insights from petrography, geochronology and geochemistry of Neogene clastic rocks
    • Journal of Asian Earth Sciences Volume 104
    • Tangunan, D., Peleo-Alampay, A.M., Abuda, J.B., Mambuay, L.A.T., Ramos, C.R.A., Fernando, A.G.S., Dimalanta, C.B., Faustino-Eslava, D.V., Pascua, C.S., & Vargas, E.P., (2014) Post-Collision Deposition of Balanga Formation in northwest Mindoro, Philippines: Calcareous Nannofossil Evidence
    • Stratigraphy Volume 11, No. 3-4
    • Yumul, G.B., Jr., Dimalanta, C.B., Tamayo, R.A., Jr., & Faustino-Eslava, D.V., (2013) Geological features of a collision zone marker: The Antique Ophiolite Complex (Western Panay, Philippines)
    • Journal of Asian Earth Sciences Volume 65
    • Perez, A.D.C., Faustino-Eslava, D.V., Yumul, G.P., Jr., Dimalanta, C.B., Tamayo, R.A., Jr., Yang, T.F., & Zhou, M.F., (2013) Enriched and depleted characters of the Amnay Ophiolite upper crustal section and the regionally heterogeneous nature of the South China Sea mantle
    • Journal of Asian Earth Sciences Volume 65
    • Canto, A.P.B., Padrones, J.T., Concepcion, R.A.B., Perez, A.D.C., Tamayo, A.D.C., Jr., Dimalanta, C.B., Faustino-Eslava, D.V., Queaño, K.L., & Yumul, G.P., Jr., (2012) Geology of northwestern Mindoro and its offshore islands: Implications for terrane accretion in west Central Philippines
    • Journal of Asian Earth Sciences Volume 61
    • Concepcion, R.A.B., Dimalanta, C.B., Yumul, G.P., Jr., Faustino-Eslava, D.V., Queaño, K.L., Tamayo, R.A., Jr., & Imai, A., (2012) Petrography, geochemistry, and tectonics of a rifted fragment of Mainland Asia: Evidence from the Lasala Formation, Mindoro Island, Philippines
    • International Journal of Earth Sciences Volume 101, No. 1
    • Faustino-Eslava, D.V., Yumul, G.P., Jr., Servando, N.T., & Dimalanta, C.B., (2011) The January 2009 anomalous precipitation associated with the "Tail-end of the Cold Front" weather system in Northern and Eastern Mindanao (Philippines): Natural hazards, impacts and risk reductions
    • Global and Planetary Change Volume 76, No. 1-2
    • Faustino-Eslava, D.V., Aitchison, J.C., Tamayo, R.A., Jr., Yumul, G.P., Jr., & Dimalanta, C.B., (2009) Late Mesozoic crustal extension along the southern Eurasian margin: evidence from volcanic rocks of the Bangong-Nujiang Suture zone, Tibet
    • 5th International Symposium of IGCP-516 Geological Anatomy of East and South Asia: Paleogeography and Paleoenvironment in Eastern Tethys
    • Yumul, G.P., Jr., Dimalanta, C.B., Bellon, H., Faustino, D.V., De Jesus, J.V., Tamayo, R.A., Jr., & Jumawan, F.T., (2008) Adakitic lavas in the Central Luzon back-arc region, Philippines: Lower Crust partial melting products?
    • Island Arc Volume 9, No. 4
    • Faustino, D.V., Yumul, G.P., Jr., Dimalanta, C.B., De Jesus, J.V., Zhou, M.F., Aitchison, J.C., & Tamayo, R.A., Jr., (2006) Volcanic-hypabyssal rock geochemistry of a subduction-related marginal basin ophiolite: Southeast Bohol Ophiolite-Cansiwang Mélange Complex, Central Philippines
    • Geosciences Journal Volume 10, No. 3
    • Aitchison, J.C., Ali, J.R., Badengzhu, Davis, A.M., Faustino, D.V., Hui, L., Safaya, S., Ross, I., & Zeng, Q.G., (2005) The Bangong-Nujiang suture between Gertse and Dong Tso (84°- 85°E), central Tibet
    • 20th Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet Workshop HKT 20
    • Faustino, D.V., Ali, J.R., & Aitchison, J.C., (2004) Paleomagnetic investigations along the Bangong-Nujiang suture zone, central Tibet
    • The 4th International Symposium on the Tibetan Plateau
    • Faustino, D.V., Yumul, G.P., Jr., De Jesus, J.V., Dimalanta, C.B., Aitchison, J.C., Zhou, M.F., Tamayo, R.A., Jr., & De Leon, M.M., (2003) Geology of Southeast Bohol, Central Philippines: Accretion and sedimentation in a marginal basin
    • Australian Journal of Earth Sciences Volume 50, No. 4
    • Yumul, G.P., Jr., Dimalanta, C.B., Baretto, J.A., Faustino, D.V., & De Jesus, J.V., (2002) Mineralization potential of the Southeast Bohol Ophiolite Complex, Central Philippines
    • Journal of Geological Society Philippines Volume 57
    • Yumul, G.P., Jr., Zhou, M.F., Tamayo, R.A., Maury, R.C., Faustino, D.V., Olaguera, F.O., & Cotten, J., (2001) Onramping of Cold Oceanic Lithosphere in a Forearc Setting: The Southeast Bohol Ophiolite Complex, Central Philippines
    • International Geology Review Volume 43, No. 9
    • De Jesus, J.V., Yumul, G.P., Jr., & Faustino, D.V., (2000) The Cansiwang Melange of Southeast Bohol (Central Philippines): Origin and tectonic implications
    • Island Arc Volume 9, No. 4
    • Yumul, G.P., Jr., Dimalanta, C.B., Faustino, D.V., & De Jesus, J.V., (1998) Upper mantle-lower crust dikes of the Zambales Ophiolite Complex (Philippines): Distinct short-lived, subduction-related magmatism
    • Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research Volume 84, No. 3
    • Faustino, D.V., (2009) Late mesozoic magmatism along the Bangong-Nujiang suture zone, Tibet
    • The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)