David, Laura T.

David, Laura T.
Marine Science Institute
College of Science
UP Diliman
Chair, Technical Committee for Marine Science, Commission on Higher Education


  • Ph.D. Physical Oceanography, University of South Carolina, USA
  • B.Sc. Chemistry, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Laura T. David is a Physical Oceanographer and Professor at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute who studies ocean physics and its effects to productivity and diversity. She is currently the Chair of the Commission of Higher Education Technical Committee on Marine Science, and a member of the CHED Technical Panel on Science and Math. Combining her oceanography with her background in Chemistry, Dr. David has also gone around the world to build capacity of other scientist in using the LOICZ approach to calculate estuarine biogeochemical budgets. She was subsequently nominated as one of only 16 international Corresponding Members of the Intergovernmental Geosphere-Biosphere Programme---Land Ocean Interaction in the Coastal Zone project. In the Philippines, her expertise is also being tapped to assist in information related to climate change vulnerability and adaptation. She is currently a member of the National Panel of Technical Experts for the Climate Change Commission.

She is an awardee of the Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS) and The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS), a former L’Oreal National Fellow and a continuing OML Senior Fellow.

Recent Projects

  • 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

Contact Details

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Tel: (+63 2) 434 23 08; (+63 2) 219 11 18