Dr Engielle Paguican
Lecturer in Physical Geography and Environmental Science
Dr Engielle Mae Paguican obtained a BSc in Statistics and MSc in Geology at the University of the Philippines, studying the deadly 2006 lahars at Mayon Volcano. She finished her PhD in Earth Sciences at Université Blaise Pascal, France where she studied volcano collapses. She completed three postdoctoral fellowships: at the University at Buffalo, USA and at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Her postdoctoral projects covered the effects of tectonics and erosion on the morphology of volcanoes. Engielle was awarded a Balik Scientist (Returning Scientist) Fellowship by the Philippine Department of Science and Technology in 2020. She has taught at the University of the Philippines, the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and Caraga State University in the Philippines, where she helped established the BSc Geology program and researched sustainable mineral resources.
Currently, she serves as an editor for Volcanica, a free to publish, free to access international journal for volcanology, and the Journal of Ecosystem Science and Eco-Governance, a Philippines-based international peer-reviewed journal focusing on the intricate relationships within ecosystems and their impact on the overall quality of life.
• Volcano geomorphology: volcano landscape evolution, volcano–tectonic–climate interactions
• Earth surface processes and geohazards: debris avalanches and large landslides, lahars (volcanic mudflows), flooding
• Sustainable mining
• Use of GIS and remote sensing, statistics, and analogue and numerical modelling in research
Engielle’s research on geohazards, geomorphology and Earth surface processes contributes to our understanding of these processes to develop ways of responding to disasters, global environmental challenges, and sustainability. Her interest in geohazards and Earth surface processes started when she was involved in the search and rescue operations of the deadly Guinsaugon debris avalanche in the Philippines.
Understanding when and how these events happen, and understanding their mechanisms is useful for mitigating hazards and for a resilient and sustainable future. She uses analogue and numerical modelling, remote sensing and GIS, statistical analysis, and field studies to understand how physical processes shape our environment over a range of scales.