The Team

IMG_7293Severino G. Salmo III, Ph.D.
Project Leader/Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Science
Ateneo de Manila University

Sev is a restoration ecologist doing research on the effects of disturbance as well as post-disturbance regeneration in mangroves.  The current research sites are in Pangasinan, Zambales, Subic Bay, Manila Bay, Mindoro, Palawan, Aklan, Bohol, Cebu and Leyte.


thumb_IMG_3153_1024Eunice Lois Gianan
Research Assistant
Department of Environmental Science
Ateneo de Manila University

[Completed: June 2018]

Eunice is a graduate student currently taking up MS Marine Science, with a specialization in Biology, at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of the Philippines Baguio. She is interested in the biology of mangroves, its goods and ecosystem services specifically the “regulatory natural processes” such as carbon sequestration and coastal protection. She will study and develop ecological models that will simulate the impacts of sea level rise in the growth, survival and spatial distribution of mangroves.

carmelaMaria Carmela Garcia
Research Assistant
Department of Environmental Science
Ateneo de Manila University

[Completed: June 2018]

Carmela is a licensed chemist. She has finished her MSc in Environmental Science from Ateneo de Manila University, with a thesis entitled, “Nutrient Content and Resorption Efficiency as Recovery Indicators in Typhoon-Damaged Mangroves in the Philippines”. She is currently working on the measurement of carbon stocks in mangrove forests along the Verde Island Passage.

Current Students

Post-graduate students

Vanessa Malapit

[Completed: June 2019]

Vanessa evaluated the  vegetation and sediment attributes in the  assessment of  the vulnerability of mangroves to sea-level rise in Silonay, Calapan, Mindoro Oriental.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_10d4Lara Mendoza

Lara studies mollusc colonisation as indicator of habitat functionality in mangrove-colonised abandoned fishponds in Anda, Pangasinan. She is correlating the changes in mollusc assemblages with the improvements in vegetation and sediment conditions.



Lui Capua, Jr.

Lui studies heavy metal retention and resorption of Avicennia marina as a phytoremediation strategy in Lake Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales. He is evaluating the transfer/retention/stabilization of HMs across trees, saplings and seedlings as a phytoremediation strategy that makes mangroves survive in a HM-contaminated environment.

Khasmere Marbella

Khas is currently working on her thesis focusing on the use of mollusks as bio-indicator of contamination in mangrove sediments in Lake Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales.

Hannah Dela Cruz field photo
Hannah evaluates the role of N and P in either facilitating or limiting the carbon sequestration capabilities of mangrove forests that have recolonized abandoned fish ponds. The study will provide insights on the need to rehabilitate abandoned fish ponds by demonstrating its potential to recover the carbon sequestration ecosystem service to complement mangrove restoration programs.

Hannah Arlin Dela Cruz (

Undergraduate Students

Angeli Reyes and Camille Vergara. A Comparative Assessment of the Blue Carbon Storage of Conserved and Disturbed Seagrass in the Coastal Seascape of Oyon Bay, Masinloc, Zambales.

Angeli Reyes and Camille Vergara successfully defended their thesis proposal on 1 October
seagrass sampling and marking for plastochrone analysis

[Completed: June 2019]

Mark Comia Mackey Cureg and Patricia Joson (co-supervise with Dr. Ian Navarrete). “Effects of Lahar Deposits on Carbon and Nutrients in Mangroves”



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