College Of Agriculture and Food Science - Visayas State University
PEDOLOGY AND GEO-ECOLOGY LABORATORY
Department of Soil Science
Dr. Victor B. Asio
Professor of Soil Science and Geo-ecology
vbasio@vsu.edu.ph
Personal Blog: www.soil-environment.blogspot.com




Current Members
Gerry May Añonuevo
MS Soil Science Student
DOST-ASTHRDP-NSC Scholar
BSA Soil Science (Cum Laude)
Marvin D. Cascante
MS Soil Science Student
DOST-ASTHRDP-NSC Scholar
BS in Computer Science
Kristine Joyce O. Quiñones
Science Research Assistant - Swiss COCOBOARDS Project
BS in Biotechnology (Cum Laude)
Sarah B. Villacorta
Science Research Assistant - ACIAR Project
BS in Environmental Management
Mel Adelle C. Ocba
Science Research Assistant - Aciar Project
BSA Soil Science
Christine Mae C. Atup
MS Soil Science Student
CHED Scholar
BSA Soil Science
Kenneth Oraiz
MS Soil Science Student
DOST-ASTHRDP-NSC Scholar
BSA Soil Science (Cum Laude)
Rene Jane Alesna
MS Soil Science Student
DOST-ASTHRDP-NSC Scholar
BSA Soil Science
Snowy Jane C. Galgo
MS Soil Science Student
ASTHRDP-NSC Scholar
Arwin O. Arribado
MS Soil Science Student
DOST-ASTHRDP-NSC Scholar
BSA Soil Science
Maryvic P. Pedrosa
MS Soil Science Student
ASTHRDP-NSC Scholar
BSA Soil Science
Julian Cumad
MS Soil Science Student
ASTHRDP-NSC Scholar
PRC Board Exam Topnotcher (No. 2)
Sheila Mae A. Galvez
BSA Soil Science IV
Lieyel Cris Dianne Consigna
BS Environmental Management IV
Floremie P. Meneses
BS Environmental Management IV
Jacquiline Managbanag
BS Environmental Management IV
Lorraine Cristy Ceniza
BS Environmental Management IV

Selected Lab Alumni
Dr. Ian A. Navarrete
Humboldt Research Fellow
University of Goettingen, Germany (finished his PhD from the Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Japan with an Excellence Award as the best PhD graduate)
Present Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Ateneo de Manila University
Dr. Janice P. Susaya
Researcher
Sejong University, South Korea (BS Ecology Thesis which was published in the Annals of Tropical Research was awarded a Publication Award by the LSU-CHED COE Project; finished PhD from Sejong University)
Dr. Don Immanuel A. Edralin
Postdoc Research Associate
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, USA
dedralin@ncat.edu
Dr. Marlito M. Bande
Associate Professor
ITEEM, Visayas State University
PhD Agro-ecology, University of Hohenheim, Germany
Cecille Marie Quiñones
Instructor I - Department of Agronomy and Soil Science, VSU
MSc in Soil Science minor in Tropical Ecology (DOST-NSC Scholar)
Finished an MSc in International Forestry from University of Goettingen, Germany(as German Academic Exchange Scholar, DAAD); BSA Soil Science (Cum Laude)
Deejay S. Maranguit
Instructor
DASS, Visayas State University
Finished MSc in Soil Science minor in Tropical Ecology from VSU as a DOST-NSC Scholar
Present Address: PhD Candidate, University of Goettingen, Germany
Jimmy O. Pogosa
MSc in Tropical Ecology minor in Soil Science
Instructor I - Institute of Tropical Ecology and Environmental Management, VSU
BS in Agricultural Engineering
Juvia P. Sueta
PhD Candidate
(Univ Goettingen, Germany; PRC Board Topnotcher and Magna Cum Laude graduate in her BSA Soil Science)
Clea Ann E. Valleja
Instructor
VSU-Villaba Campus, Villaba, Leyte
Finished MSc Soil Science as a DOST Scholar
Present Address: PhD Student, UP Los Baños
Glenn Arthur A. Garcia
Instructor
Caraga State University, Butuan City (finished MS at Ghent Univ, Belgium, as a VLIR scholar)
Chime Mora-Garcia
Instructor
Caraga State University, Butuan City
BS Biology major in Ecology, VSU (Cum Laude)
MS Environmental Sanitation, Ghent University, Belgium
James Jade S. Lasquites
Instructor
University of Southeastern Philippines (finished MS at Ghent Univ, Belgium, as a VLIR scholar)
Present Address: PhD Student, North Carolina State University, USA
Grace R. Enojada
Instructor
Cebu Technological University-Barili (former DOST-PCARRD Scholar)
Roland V. Rallos
Science Research Specialist
Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, Manila (13th Placer, PRC Board Exam; recipient of Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award of VSU )
Cheryl C. Batistel
Instructor
Department of Biological Sciences
Visayas State University, Baybay City (finished MS at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, as a DAAD scholar)
Maria Katrina B. Piamonte
Agriculturist
Municipal Agriculture Office, Baybay City (BSA Soil Science, Cum Laude; finished MS at VSU as DOST-NSC Scholar)
Louie G. Amar
Masterchef at Home
Technical Support at Stream Global Services
Jehru Magahud
Science Research Specialist
Philrice, Munoz Nueva Ecija (BSA Soil Science, Cum Laude; 5th Placer, PRC Board Exam; finished MS at UPLB)
Marco Rodel Aragon
Del Monte Philippines, Davao City (First Placer, PRC Board Exam 2006)
Leo Jude Villasica
Finished MS at VSU (DOST-NSC Scholar)
Present Affiliation: Instructor, Caraga State University, Butuan
Venus O. Saz
Instructor
Cebu Technological University-Tuburan (finished MSc Soil Science at VSU as DOST-NSC Scholar; Thesis won Best Paper (3rd Place) in the 2013 National PSSST Conference, Subic )
Present Address: PhD Student, UP Los Baños
Junhael Jay Brace
GlobalOne Real Estate Consulting & Management (BSEM Cum Laude)
Cherylon A. Herzano
Project Officer
Foundation for the Philippine Environment, Manila
Grace Enriquez
MSc student in Tropical Ecology
VSU, Baybay City, Leyte
Wilbert A. Aureo
Institute of Tropical Ecology
VSU, Baybay, Leyte
Zara Lee Casillano
MSc in Tropical Ecology
Spent 10-month for Master in Ecology as Erasmus Mundus fellow, Universidad de Compostela Spain
Kier Lambert B. Demain
Instructor, VSU-Villaba Campus
BSA Soil Science
Kristal Neis
Research Assistant - Abaca Project, NARC
BSA Soil Science
Dernie T. Olguera
Finished MSc in Soil Science minor in Tropical Ecology (DOST-NSC Scholar); BSA Soil Science (Cum Laude)
Present Affiliation: Instructor, University of Southeastern Philippines, Davao City
Rossan U. Piamonte
Instructor - Naval State University, Biliran
MSc in Soil Science minor in Tropical Ecology (Thesis is part of the University of Hohenheim-VSU Abaca Project)
Ivy L. Capilitan
Project Assistant - ASTHRDP-NSC Project, VSU
MSc in Soil Science minor in Tropical Ecology (DOST-NSC Scholar)
Jessie Sabijon
Instructor - North Western Samar State University
MSc in Soil Science minor in Tropical Ecology (DOST-NSC Scholar)
Rizza Doguiles
Instructor - Eastern Samar State University, Salcedo Campus
MSc in Soil Science minor in Tropical Ecology (DOST-NSC Scholar)
BS Environmental Management
Magie Guarte

BS in Environmental Management
Abhay Charan Tuñacao
BS in Environmental Management
Joshuael Nuñez
BS in Environmental Management
Arjay O. Lerios
BS in Environmental Management (Cum Laude)

Foreign Students from Germany
  • Karsten Marohn, Univ of Hohenheim
  • Matthias Daub, Univ of Hohenheim
  • Katrin Zöfel, Univ of Hohenheim
  • Sabine Zikeli, University of Halle-Wittenberg
  • Marion Rapp- University of Mainz

Recent Research Projects Conducted
  • Soil and nutrient management strategies for sustainable vegetable production in Southern Philippines (Soil Project: October 2013-2017). To be funded by ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research). Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephen Harper
  • Abaca Research Project of the University of Hohenheim and Visayas State University (April-October 2013)- funded by Glatfelter Company
  • Soil and environmental quality enhancement in climate change-vulnerable marginal uplands (SEQEMU Project). Funded by Philippine Higher Education Research Network (PHERNET)-Commission on Higher Education (CHED) (Jan 2013-Dec 2015).
  • Characteristics and nutrient status of degraded upland soils in Samar Island. Funded by the National Research Council of the Philippines, NRCP (June 2012-May 2014).
  • Physiological responses of abaca (Musa textilis) to light, water and nutrient availability (Principal Investigator: Jan Hendrik Grenz). Funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG (2008-2011).
  • Origin, characteristics and fertility of soils from Quaternary limestone in Central Philippines (2008-2009). (Funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn).
  • Cultural management and nutrient requirement of Jatropha oil plant (Jatropha curcas) funded by the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines (2006-2008).
  • Land suitability evaluation of Bato, Leyte (2005-07). This study was funded by the Municipal Government of Bato and the Leyte State University.
  • Physical characterization and risk assessment in Lake Danao Natural Park (2003-05). Collaborative research with Cornell University (USA) funded by ALO-U.S. Dept.of Agriculture.
  • Enhancement of Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Cienda watershed- Collaborative research with Cornell University (USA) funded by ALO-U.S. Dept of Agriculture (2003- 05).
  • Development of a New Soil Map of Leyte (2002-2005). Funded by the Leyte State University.
  • Monitoring of ecological changes of “Rainforestation Farms” in Leyte. Funded by the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) (2000-2003).
  • Characterizing biophysical environments for research prioritization and agricultural production in Region 8 (Leyte-Samar) (2000-03; funded by the Bureau of Agricultural Research, Department of Agriculture, Manila).
  • COCOBOARDS Project: Analysis of the raw material flow, Sustainability and LCA evaluation ; funded by Swiss National Foundation.























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