Our research covers the entire range from basic to more applied, utilizing current tools and methodologies including the design and implementation of training and capability building programs.   The department maintains an active research program in the following areas:

  • Ecotoxicology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation Science
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Environmental Geology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Treatment and Bioremediation Technologies
  • Environmental Modeling and Systems Dynamics
  • Environmental Management
  • Capacity-building and Training
A Comparative Analysis Among Disturbed, Restored and Natural Mangrove Stands in the Vulnerability and Adaptability Against Climate Change
Funding Institution: Oscar M. Lopez Center for  Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc.
Duration: June 2016  May 2018
Faculty Involved: Dr. Severino G. Salmo, III (Project Leader)

Participatory System Dynamics Modeling for Campus Sustainability
Funding Institution: Commission on Higher Education – PHERNet
Duration: October 2012 – September 2014
Faculty Involved: Ms. Abigail Favis (Collaborator)

Mangroves of the Philippines: Responding to Environmental and Social Change
Funding Institution: National Book Development Board
Duration: June 2013 – October 2014
Faculty involved:  Dr. Severino Salmo III (Collaborator)
Other institutions involved: University of the Philippines - Marine Science Institute

International Research Initiative on Adapting to Climate Change (IRIACC) Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR) Project
Funding Institution: IDRC
Duration: April 2012 – March 2015
Faculty involved:  Dr. Kendra Gotangco (Collaborator)
Other institutions involved: Manila Observatory, Ateneo de Manila University - Department of Sociology and Anthropology (Lead Institutions for Manila Team), SEA-START
A Biophysical, Economic Model of Sustainability for Lake Buhi, Camarines Sur 
Duration: Jun 2013 - March 2015
Faculty involved:  Dr. Aileen Guzman (Project Leader)
(Un)Sustainable Food Consumption Dynamics in South/Southeast Asia
Funding Institution: Swiss Network of International Studies
Duration: June 2013 – May 2015
Faculty Involved: Ms. Abigail Favis (Collaborator)

An Analysis of Science Communication in the Context of Extreme Rainfall and Flooding Events
Funding Institution: Philippine Higher Education Research Network (PHERNet), Commission of Higher Education (CHED)
Duration: June 2014 – June 2015
Faculty involved:  Dr. Charlotte  Kendra Gotangco, Dr. Inez Ponce de Leon (Communications)
Assessing the Success of Mangrove Rehabilitation Projects in Northern Luzon, Philippines: Comparative Rates of Carbon-Deposition in Natural versus Planted Mangrove Stands
Funding Institution: Commission on Higher Education
Duration: December 2012 – June 2015
Faculty involved:  Dr. Severino Salmo III (Project Leader)
Quantifying the Impact of Metro Manila’s Expansion Beyond its Legal Boundaries
Duration: January 2012 – December 2015
Faculty involved:  Dr. Aileen Guzman (Project Leader)
Sensors for Mining Program: Integrated Sensing System Using Mobile and Cloud Technologies for Mining and Nearby Communities
Funding Institution: DOST-PCIEERD
Duration: August 2013 – December 2015
Faculty Involved: Dr. Emilyn Q. Espiritu (Project Leader)
                              Dr. Rene Juna Claveria (Project Leader)
Other Institutions Involved:  UP Institute of Chemistry, University of Santo Tomas and AdMU SoSE Departments
Consolidating and Mainstreaming of Environment and Sustainability Education in Asia and Africa Universities: The Case of Ateneo de Manila University and University of Cape Coast
Duration: January 2013 – December 2015
Faculty involved:  Dr. Aileen Guzman (Collaborator)
Copper and Arsenic recovery as a post mining activity using indigenous plant hyperaccumulators
Funding Institution: PCIEERD/DOST
Duration: October 2012  - March 2016
Faculty involved:     Dr. Teresita R. Perez (Project Leader)
                                  Dr. Rene Juna Claveria (Project Leader)
                                  Dr. Ian Navarrete (Project Staff)
1st State of the Mangrove Summit: Northwstern Luzon
Funding Institutions: Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE), DENR - Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), and Conservation International (CI) - Philippines
Duration: September - December 2014
Faculty involved: Dr. Severino G. Salmo III (Project Leader) 
                              Ms. Abigail Marie T. Favis (Collaborator)

Influence of Mangrove Biodiversity on Accumulation of Carbon and Resilience to Sea Level Rise: A Comparative Assessment Among Disturbed, Restored and Intact Mangrove Systems
Funding Institution: Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN-GCR)
Duration: June 2014 – December 2016
Faculty involved: Dr. Severino G. Salmo III
Other institutions involved: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia; National University of Singapore, Singapore; The University of Queensland, Australia; USDA Forest Service, USA; Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia

Enhancement of Philippines’ research capability in understanding the role of mangrove ecosystem health in the adaptation and mitigation against natural disasters
Funding Institution: 
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) - Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science
Duration: September 2014 - August 2016
Faculty Involved: Dr. Severino G. Salmo III 
Other Institutions Involved: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Modeling Philippine Deforestation with FOREST-SAGE
Faculty Involved:  Dr. Kendra Gotangco (Collaborator)
Other Institutions Involved: Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)

Capacity Building in Asia for Resilient EducaTion (CABARET)
Funding Institution: Erasmus+
Faculty Involved: Charlotte Kendra Gotangco, Jairus Josol, Crisanto Lopez (Biology)
Other Institutions Involved: University of Huddersfield, UK (lead) and other institutions in the EU and Asia