Laura T. David, Ph.D.
Marine Science Institute Director

Ph.D. Physical Oceanography 
University of South Carolina, U.S.A.

Research Interests: 
Coastal Oceanography, remote sensing of coastal and marine environment, ocean energy, coastal ecosystems and climate change, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction management, science communication on biodiversity, interconnectivity and climate resilience. 

Selected Publications:
  • Yñiguez AT,  Maister J, Villanoy CL, Deauna JD, Peñaflor E, Almo A, David LT, Benico GA, Hibay E, Mora I, Arcamo S, Relox J, Azanza RV. "Insights into the dynamics of harmful algal blooms in a tropical estuary through an integrated hydrodynamic-Pyrodinium-shellfish model" Harmful Algae 80:1-14.2018.
  • Naval PCJ, David LT.  "FishDrop: Estimation of reef fish population density and biomass using stereo cameras" In Techno-Ocean 2016: Return to the Oceans (pp. 527–531).2017.
  • Delfino RJ, Carlos C, David LT, Lasco RD, Juanico DE. "Perceptions of Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities about the resilience and storm protection function of mangrove ecosystems in Leyte and Eastern Samar, Philippines" Climate Disaster and Development Journal 1:16-23.2016.
  • Carlo Carlos, Rafaela Jane Delfino, Dranreb Earl Juanico, Laura T. David, Rodel Lasco et al. “Vegetation resistance and regeneration potential of Rhizophora, Sonneratia, and Avicennia in the Typhoon Haiyan-affected mangroves in the Philippines: Implication on Rehabilitation practices” Climate Disaster and Development Journal Vol.1, pp. 1-8. 2016.
  • Rafaela Jane P. Delfino, Carlo M. Carlos, Laura T. David, Rodel D. Lasco, Drandreb Earl O. Juanico et al. “Perceptions of Typhoon Haiyan-affected communities about the resilience and storm protection function of mangrove ecosystems in Leyte and Eastern Samar, Philippines” Climate Disaster and Development Journal Vol. 1. pp 16-23. 2016.
  • Licuanan, Wilfredo Y., Maricar S. Samson, Samuel S. Mamauag, Laura T. David, Roselle Borja-del Rosario, Miledel Christine C. Quibilan, Fernando P. Siringan et al. "IC-SEA Change: A participatory tool for rapid assessment of vulnerability of tropical coastal communities to climate change impacts." Ambio (2015): 1-19.
  • Heenan, Adel, Robert Pomeroy, Johann Bell, Philip L. Munday, William Cheung, Cheryl Logan, Russell Brainard et al. "A climate-informed, ecosystem approach to fisheries management." Marine Policy 57 (2015): 182-192.
  • Ticzon, Victor S., Greg Foster, Laura T. David, Peter J. Mumby, Badi R. Samaniego, and Val Randolf Madrid. "Delineating optimal settlement areas of juvenile reef fish in Ngederrak Reef, Koror state, Republic of Palau." Environmental monitoring and assessment 187, no. 1 (2015): 1-14.
  • David, L.T., Pastor-Rengel, D.,  Talaue-McManus, L. , Magdaong, E., Salalila-Aruelo, R.,  Bangi, H., San Diego-McGlone, M.L. , Villanoy, C. , Cordero-Bailey. K., The saga of community learning: Mariculture and the Bolinao experience. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management 17(2) (2014) :196–204, 2014. DOI: 10.1080/14634988.2014.910488
  • Fabic, J. N., I. E. Turla, J. A. Capacillo, L. T. David, and P. C. Naval. "Fish population estimation and species classification from underwater video sequences using blob counting and shape analysis." In Underwater Technology Symposium (UT), 2013 IEEE International, pp. 1-6. IEEE, 2013.
  • Cayetano, A.J., Yñiguez, A.T., Villanoy, C.L., David, L.T., Deauna, J.D.L., Peñaflor, E.L., Palermo, J.D., Benico, G.A., Azanza, R.V., Improving the validity and robustness of a Harmful Algal Bloom model through genetic algorithm-based optimization. Journal of Environmental Science and Management (Special Issue) 1-2013: 21-28
  • Ticzon, V.S., Mumby, PJ., Samaniego, B.R., Bejarano-Chavarro, S., David, L.T., Microhabitat use of juvenile coral reef fish in Palau. Environmental Biology of Fishes 95(3) (2012): 355-370. DOI 10.1007/s10641-012-0010-9
  • Villanoy, C., David, L., Cabrera, O., Atrigenio, M., Siringan, F., Villaluz, M., Aliño, P., Coastal ecosystems protect shore from high-energy waves under climate change scenarios. Climatic Change. 112(2) (2012):493-505. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-012-0399-3
  • David, L. T., dela Cruz, T. L. P., Gonzales, R. D., Magdaraog, S. R. T., and Pernia, E. E. 2014. Ahon: A Primer on Climate Resilience. University of the Philippines Diliman: Quezon City, Philippines. pp 37.

  • Heenan, A., Pomeroy, R., Brainard, R., Amri, A.,. Alino, P., Armada, N., Bell, J., Cheung, W., David, L., Guieb, R., Green, S., Jompa, J., Leonardo, T., Logan C., Mamauag, S., Munday, P., Parker, B., Shackeroff, J., and Yasin, Z., Incorporating climate change and ocean acidification into an ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) plan. Publication. Honolulu, Hawaii: The USAID Coral Triangle Support Partnership, (2013): 66 pp

Graduated Advisees (past 10 years):

Ph.D. Students

                        Eileen Penaflor

Dissertation Topic: Investigating physical parameters associated with massive coral bleaching events in the Coral Triangle, 2015

Victor Ticzon

Dissertation Topic: Microhabitat use of juvenile reef fish and its implications in the use of remote sensing techniques in delineating optimal reef fish habitats, 2013

 Lualhati Lachica-Aliño

 Dissertation Topic: Aspects of the trawl fisheries in Ragay Gulf, Philippines, 2009

 Mary Bernadette De Venecia

 Dissertation Topic: Evaluating Age-Based Techniques in Understanding Rhizome  Growth Dynamics of Enhalus acoroides (L.f.) Royle in a Muddy Environment, 2008

MS Students

Yannek Meunier

Thesis: The Kuroshio in the Luzon Strait, 2008

 Napo Cayabyab

 Thesis: Early history of tropical seagrasses Enhalus Acoroides (L.f.) Royle and  Thalasia Hemprichii (Ehrenb.) Aschers. Of Café Bolinao (NW Philippines), 2006



Bella Shiela Albasin

Thesis: Spatio-temporal Characterization of Seagrass Sites as Dugong Habitat in Green Island Bay, Roxas, Palawan, 2010

 Aldwin Almo

 Thesis: Geospatial techniques for harmful algal bloom detection in Philippine waters  using moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS), 2016

 Jonathan Patrick Yan (co-adviser)

 Thesis: Geometric morphometric analysis of select Philippine pomacentridae, 2013

 Lambert Anthony Meñez (co-adviser)

 Thesis: Influence of surface and deep-water mass sources on the hydrographic  character of Philippine inland seas, 2003

 Charina Lyn Repollo (co-adviser)

 Thesis: Dispersal model of condensate from Malampaya deep water gasproduction,  2005


 Ronald Allan Cruz (co-adviser)

 Thesis: Shell geometric morphometrics and design pattern analysis for species  discrimination in Conus (Gastropoda: Conidae), 2009