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Maria Victoria Ortega-Espaldon

UP Scientist

Expertise: Environmental Science, Ecology, Agricultural Science, Geoscience, Vulnerability Assessment, Vulnerability Analysis, Disaster Risk Reduction, Disaster Management, Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental Impact Assessment, Waste Management, Science Education, Geography, Sustainable Development, Higher Education, Social Forestry

Dr. Maria Victoria Ortega-Espaldon is a UP Scientist and a professor at the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), University of the Philippines - Los Baños (UPLB). She was conferred Doctor of Geography by the University of Guelph, and has from then held academic positions at UPLB, as a Dean of SESAM from 2006-2011 and a Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension from 2011-2014. Aside from teaching, she finds joy in doing a kaleidoscope of tasks. She is an active member of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Technical Committee on Environmental Science; serves as program leader of a DOST-PCAARRD funded program on Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry or SARAI. She also co-chairs the Climate Risks Study Center of UPLB, a new interdisciplinary center which began in 2007. Dr. Ortega-Espaldon also co-athoured a book with 14 other Filipino scientist entitled “Changing Philippine Climate: Impacts on Agriculture and Natural Resources” published by UP Press in 2014. The book received the 2015 Outstanding Book Award by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). She also received a Special Citation for Environmental Science from the NAST in 2014. As if her credentials are not enough to prove her dedication, a newly found species of Hoya found in Polillo Island in Quezon Province, the Hoya espaldoniana, was named after Dr. Ortega-Espaldon, in honor of her diligence and continuous support in environmental education and conservation of Philippine biodiversity. 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.

Affiliation

Professor 12, School of Environment Science and Management, University of the Philippines Los Baños

Association

    • Commision on Higher Education (CHED), Member, Technical Committee on Environmental Science

Employment

    • School of Environment Science and Management, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Dean
    • University of the Philippines Los Baños, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension

Papers Presented

    • Green Agriculture in the Philippines: An old wine in a new bottle?, 16th Global Development Network Conference, Casablanca, Morocco
    • Knowledge Systems in Upland Farming Practices in the Philippines and Implications for Climate Change Adaptation, International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Asia, Bali, Indonesia

Education

    • University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, 4031 Laguna, Bachelor of Science in Biology (Program in Ecology), 1984
    • University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, 4031 Laguna, Master of Science in Forestry (Major in Social Forestry), 1992
    • University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (Rural Resource Assessment and Environmental Analysis), 1995

Publication

    • Villanueva, J.D., Le Coustumer, P., Huneau, F., Motelica-Heino, M., Perez, T.R., Materum, R., Espaldon, M.V.O., & Stoll, S., (2013) Assessment of Trace Metals during Episodic Events using DGT Passive Sampler: A Proposal for Water Management Enhancement
    • Water Resources Management Volume 27, No. 12
    • Demafelis, R.B., Alcantara, A.J., Movillon, J.L., Pacardo, E.P., Espaldon, M.V.O., Flavier, M.E., Eleazar, P.J.M., & Tongko, B.D., (2015) Comparative Analysis of Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum Bioethanol Carbon Footprints, Carbon Savings and Carbon Debt Payback Periods
    • Philippine Journal of Crop Science Volume 40, No. 3
    • Villanueva, J.D., Le Coustumer, P., Denis, A., Abuyan, R., Huneau, F., Motelica-Heino, M., Peyraube, N., Celle-Jeanton, H., Perez, T.R., & Espaldon, M.V.O., (2015) Trends of labile trace metals in tropical urban water under highly contrasted weather conditions
    • Environmental Science and Pollution Research Volume 22, No. 18
    • Tiongco, M.M., Espaldon, M.V.O., Guzman, L.E., Ancog, R.C., Quiray, A.E., Jafee, S., Frias, J., (2015) Green Agriculture in the Philippines: An old wine in a new bottle?
    • 16th Global Development Network Conference Paper Volume Session 23
    • Malenab, M.C.T., Espaldon, M.V.O., Lalican, N.M., Balangue, T.O., & Abucay, E.R., (2015) Analysis of climate variability and dengue occurrence in social-ecological systems: the case of Bay, Los Baños and Calamba in Laguna, the Philippines
    • International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research Volume 21, No. 1
    • Sisongkham, B., Rebancos, C.M., Alcantara, A.J., & Espaldon, M.V.O., (2015) Land Cover Changes and Resource Use Patterns of Selected Communities in Phou Phanang National Protected Area, Sangthong District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
    • Journal of Environmental Science and Management Volume 18, No. 2
    • Talubo, J.P.P., Jacildo, A.J., Espaldon, M.V.O., Acosta, L.A., Macandog, D.M., Nelson, G.L.M., Lalican, N.M., Abucay, E.R., Malenab, M.C.T., Pabico, J.P., & Dorado, M.A., (2015) Vulnerability to Rainfall-Induced Landslide of Three Communities in Infanta, Quezon, Philippines
    • International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research Volume 23, No. 1
    • Comiso, J.C., Blanche, C.A., Sarigumba, T.I., Espaldon, M.V.O., Lansigan, F.P., Baguinon, N.T., Birosel, R.C., Coladilla, J.O., Cruz, R.V.O., Florece, L.M., Guerrero, R.D., III, Lasco, R.D., Perez, R.T., Pulhin, J.M., Tibig, L.V., (2014) Changing Philippine Climate: Impacts on Agriculture and Natural Resources
    • University of the Philippines Press
    • Asuero, M.P., Nelson, G.L.M., Espaldon, M.V.O., Acosta, L.A., Macandog, D.M., Lalican, N.M., Abucay, E.R., Malenab, M.C.T., & Talubo, J.P.P., (2012) Social Characteristics and Vulnerabilities of Disaster-Prone Communities in Infanta, Quezon, Philippines
    • Journal of Environmental Science and Management Volume 15, No. 2
    • Espaldon, M.V.O., (2012) Progress of the Modeling Approach on Land Change Science: Comments on Modelling the Dynamics and Consequences of Land System Change
    • Journal of Geographical Sciences Volume 22, No. 3
    • Abucay, E.R., Magcale-Macandog, D.B., Espaldon, M.V.O., & Monsalud, F.C., (2012) Modeling the Spatial Distribution of Rainfall-Induced Landslide Susceptibilities in Infanta, Quezon, Philippines
    • Journal of Environmental Science and Management Volume 15, No. 1
    • Truc, N.T.T., Sumalde, Z.M., Espaldon, M.V.O., Pacardo, E.P., Rapera, C.L., & Palis, F.G., (2012) Farmers' Awareness and Factors Affecting Adoption of Rapid Composting in Mekong Delta, Vietnam and Central Luzon, Philippines
    • Journal of Environmental Science and Management Volume 15, No. 2
    • Acosta, L.A., Magcale-Macandog, D.B., Engay, K.G., Herrera, M.N.Q., Nicopior, O.B.S., Sumilang, M.I.V., Lucht, W., & Espaldon, V., (2012) Conjoint segmentation of policy preferences for a sustainable biofuel production in the Philippines
    • D. Chiaramonti and V.N. Raina (eds.), Development and utilisation of alcohol fuels to promote sustainability, Book of Proceedings of ISAF XIX International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels, CREAR, University of Florence
    • Acosta, L.A., Magcale-Macandog, D.B., Lucht, W., Engay, K.G., Herrera, M.N.Q., Nicopior, O.B.S., Sumilang, M.I.V., & Espaldon, V., (2011) Assessment of Trade-off Decisions for Sustainable Bioenergy Development in the Philippines: An Application of Conjoint Analysis
    • Potsdam: Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung , No. Report 124
    • Acosta-Michlik, L.A., & Espaldon, M.V., (2011) Reducing vulnerability of rural communities in the Philippines: Modelling social links between science and policy
    • Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik
    • Pailagao, C.T., Espaldon, M.V.O., Dorado, M.A., Catacutan, D.C., & Rebancos, C.M., (2010) Drivers of Land Use Change in Lantapan, Bukidnon, Philippines
    • Journal of Environmental Science and Management Volume 13, No. 1
    • Espaldon, M.V.O., (2009) Laguna De Bay - A Tropical Lake under Pressure
    • In Handbook of Catchment Management (eds R. C. Ferrier and A. Jenkins), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
    • Gaillard, J.C., Maceda, E.A., Stasiak, E., Le Berre, I., & Espaldon, M.V.O., (2009) Sustainable livelihoods and people’s vulnerability in the face of coastal hazards
    • Journal of Coastal Conservation Volume 13
    • Acosta-Michlik, L., & Espaldon, V., (2008) Assessing vulnerability of selected farming communities in the Philippines based on a behavioural model of agent’s adaptation to global environmental change
    • Global Environmental Change Volume 18, No. 4
    • Verburg, P.H., Soepboer, W., Veldkamp, A., Limpiada, R., Espaldon, V., Mastura, S.S.A., (2002) Modeling the spatial dynamics of regional land use: the CLUE-S Model
    • Environmental Management Volume 30, No. 3
    • Cardenas, M.L., Francisco, F.R., Nepomuceno, D.N., & Espaldon, V.O., (1987) Assessment of environmental planning and management in Laguna Lake Region
    • Regional Development Dialogue: RDD; an international journal focusing on Third World development problems. - Nagoya: Centre Volume 8, No. 3
    • Thomalla, F., Cruz, R.V., Espaldon, V.O., Hilario, F., Klein, R.J.T., Lansigan, F., Lasco, R., Magcale-Macandog, D.B., Mallion, F.K., Zoleta-Nantes, D.B., Perez, R.T., Pulhin, F., Pulhin, J., & Ranola, R., Jr., (2004) A Comparative Analysis of Vulnerabilities, Responses and Adaptation Strategies to Tropical Cyclones in Asia: Defining the Philippines Country Study
    • Proceedings of the Coastal Zone Asia Pacific Conference, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    • Espaldon, M.V.O., (2008) Knowledge Systems in Upland Farming Practices in the Philippines and Implications for Climate Change Adaptation
    • Proceedings of the International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation, Southeast Asia, Bali, Indonesia
    • Malayang, B.S., III, Hahn, T., Kumar, P., Maharaj, S., Bohensky, E., Domingos, T., Filer, C., Agard, J.B.R., Blanco, H., Dong, S., Espaldon, M.V., Fabricius, C., Gokhale, Y., Hefny, M., Lundberg, J., Patwardhan, A., Ramirez, E.C., Talukdar, B., Tomich, T., (2007) Responses to ecosystem change and to their impacts on human well-being
    • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Multiscale Assessments: Findings of the Sub-Global Assessments Working Group Volume 4, No. Chapter 9
    • Elazegui, D.D., Espaldon, M.V.O., & Sumbalan, S.T., (2004) Enhancing the Role of Local Government Units in Environmental Regulation
    • University of the Philippines Los Baños Center for Strategic Planning and Policy Studies
    • Lasco, R.D., Espaldon, M.V.O., & Tapia, M.T., (2005) Ecosystem and People: A Millennium Ecosystem Assessment of the Laguna Lake
    • UP Los Baños