Jeferson Zerrudo

Jeferson Zerrudo



“The duration of my study has increased, but it also gained a broader sense. Because of this, I was able to boost my skills and I became more satisfied.”

University: University of the Philippines Los Baños

Degree/Program: MSc in Agrometereology

Country: Philippines

Scholarship: Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)

Duration: 2014-2016

Field of study:

  • Climate change and agriculture
  • Rice and metereology
  • Irrigation and management and water level monitoring


I studied physics for my undergraduate degree in order to teach it. Physics has become a fascination for me since high school and a chance to share it to students had been my desire. However, times change and I soon realized that teaching physics has become less of a challenge. Climate change and its effects on agriculture and food resources have given me a new perspective on how physics could be appreciated and become more relevant to our present struggles. Through agrometeorology (which is a kind of geophysics), GIS maps can be used to equip farmers for decision-making, develop irrigation methods to help farmers save water and make plant-water economy better, and to emit less carbon. Through agrometeorology, we can teach our farmers how to be more efficient in curbing greenhouse gas emissions by focusing on air-soil-water interaction, alternate wetting and drying techniques, etc. I now realized that my calling is on environmental studies and nature rather than teaching inside the classroom.


The ADB-JSP scholarship gives me the opportunity to interact with people from different countries, cultures, and traditions. It is my first time to fully experience firsthand a scientist’s life in the office and in the laboratory. I have also now been able to experience handling scientific equipment meant for actual field work and which is really used by professionals. Through this scholarship, I came to meet scientists and top-notch academicians. This scholarship gives me the chance to finish my studies, which otherwise would be really hard for me to do. Of course, it also gave me the privilege to join IRRI, a world-renowned institution for rice and rice science. I am thankful to the people from the Training Center and the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division, especially to Dr. Reiner Wassmann, Dr. Ole Sander, and Dr. Maricar Alberto for allowing me to participate in their researches. Thank you very much ADB-JSP and IRRI!