Director of Arboriculture
Dr. Cagalanan in a human-environment geographer specializing in multi-stakeholder strategies for forest restoration and sustainable development in human-dominated landscapes. She has worked extensively in the Philippines on a range of interconnected topics, including reforestation, agroforestry, protected areas, livelihood and food security, biodiversity and ecosystem services, local ecological knowledge, indigenous people, land tenure, governance, and the relationship between human and environmental health, just to name a few! She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University, a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Cabiokid Foundation, and a Rainforestation Trainer Certificate from the Yale Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative & Visayas State University.
Dr. Cagalanan is involved in several non-profit organizations. She is a co-founder and the Executive Board Vice President of the Restoration Initiative for Sustainable Ecosystems (RISE), the President of Reforest Our Future, a Senior Associate Scientist for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)-Philippines, and a member of the Advisory Committee for EcoLogic.
On campus, she is the founding advisor for SPROUT, a student club whose mission is to promote awareness and educate students and the community about ways to sustainably engage with the environment. She worked with students from SPROUT and one of her classes to develop the proposal that led to the establishment of the CCU Arboretum.