Ma. Carmelita Alberto

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Ma. Carmelita Alberto
Maricar is a climate change expert, who specializes in operating sophisticated eddy covariance systems to assess C02, CH4, water, and heat fluxes, as well as microclimate of rice canopies. She is a Senior Associate Scientist at IRRI's Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD).

 

 

EXPERTISE

  • Operating eddy covariance systems
  • Assessing CO2, water and heat fluxes
  • Analyzing the microclimate of rice canopies

EDUCATION

  • PhD in Environmental Resources, Hokkaido University, Japan (2008-2013)
  • Master of Science in Soil Science (Cognate: Agricultural Chemistry), University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Philippines (1984-1989)
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines (1978-1982)

WORK HISTORY

  • Senior Associate Scientist 1, IRRI (2014-present)
  • Associate Scientist, IRRI (2012-2014)
  • Assistant Scientist, IRRI (1995-2012)
  • Senior Research Assistant, IRRI (1991-1994)
  • Research Assistant, IRRI (1983-1990)
  • Laboratory Instructor, College of Science, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines (1982)

AWARDS

  • Totus Tuus Award for Outstanding Alumni in Science and Technology, UST-EHS Alumni Association (2014)
  • Second Best Paper, 14th PSSST Scientific Conference (2011)
  • Best Paper, 13th Philippine Chemistry Congress (1997)
  • Best Paper, 15th KKP Annual Scientific Convention (1986)
  • Cum Laude, B.S. Chemistry, Univ. of Santo Tomas (1982)
  • Valedictorian, High School, Univ. of Santo Tomas (1978)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (RECENT)

  1. He, Y., Siemens, J., Amelung, W., Goldbach, H., Wassmann, R., Alberto, M.C.R., Lucke, A., Lehndorff, E., 2015. Carbon release from rice roots under paddy rice and maize-paddy rice cropping. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 210, 15-24.
  2. Alberto, Ma. Carmelita, 2015. 12th AsiaFlux Workshop 2014 – Bridging Atmospheric Flux Monitoring to National and International Climate Change Initiatives. AsiaFlux Newsletter 38, pp. 1-8.
  3. Weller, S., Kraus, D., Ayag, K.R.P., Wassmann, R., Alberto, M.C.R., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Kiese, R., 2014. Methane and nitrous oxide emissions from rice and maize production in diversified rice cropping systems. Nutr Cycl Agroecosyst. 100(3), DOI 10.1007/s10705-014-9658-1.
  4. Alberto, M.C.R., Wassmann, R., Buresh, R.J., Quilty, J.R., Correa, Jr., T.Q., Sandro, J.M., Centeno, C.A.R., 2014. Measuring methane flux from irrigated rice fields by eddy covariance method using open-path gas analyzer. Field Crops Res. 160, 12-21.
  5. Alberto, Ma.C.R., Quilty, J.R., Buresh, R.J., Wassmann, R., Haidar, S., Correa, Jr., T.Q., Sandro, J.M., 2014. Actual evapotranspiration and dual crop coefficients for dry-seeded rice and hybrid maize grown with overhead sprinkler irrigation. Agric. Water Manage.  136, 1-12.
  6. Alberto, M.C.R., Buresh, R.J., Hirano, T., Miyata, A., Wassmann, R., Quilty, J.R., Correa, Jr., T.Q., Sandro, J.M., 2013. Carbon uptake and water productivity for dry-seeded rice and hybrid maize grown with overhead sprinkler irrigation. Field Crops Res. 146, 51-65.
  7. Alberto, M.C.R., Hirano, T., Miyata, A., Wassmann, R., 2012. Influence of El Niño/La Niña events (2008-2010) on ecosystem CO2 exchange in flooded and non-flooded rice fields in the Philippines, AsiaFlux Newsletter 34, pp. 7-12.
  8. Alberto, M.C.R., Hirano, T., Miyata, A., Wassmann, R., Kumar, A., Padre, A., Amante, M., 2012. Influence of climate variability on seasonal and interannual variations of ecosystem CO2 exchange in flooded and non-flooded rice fields in the Philippines. Field Crops Res. 134, 80-94.
  9. Alberto, M.C.R., Wassmann, R., Hirano, T., Miyata, A., Hatano, R., Kumar, A., Padre, A., Amante, M., 2011. Comparisons of energy balance and evapotranspiration between flooded and aerobic rice fields in the Philippines. Agric. Water Manage. 98, 1417-1430.
  10. Alberto, M., Hosen, Y., Wassmann, R., 2009. Finding a balance. Rice Today. 8(4), 15-17.
  11. Alberto, M.C.R., Wassmann, R., 2009. The first flux study site at the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines. AsiaFlux Newsletter 29, pp. 1-7.
  12. Alberto, M.C.R., Wassmann, R., Hirano, T., Miyata, A., Kumar, A., Padre, A., Amante, M., 2009. CO2/heat fluxes in rice fields: Comparative assessment of flooded and non-flooded fields in the Philippines. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 149, 1737-1750.
  13. Johnson-Beebout, S. E., Angeles, O.R., Alberto, M.C.R., Buresh, R.J., 2008. Simultaneous minimization of nitrous oxide and methane emission from rice paddy soils is improbable due to redox potential changes with depth in a greenhouse experiment without plants. Geoderma. 149, pp. 45-53.
  14. Alberto, M.C.R., Wassmann, R., Dobermann, A., 2007. IRRI’s research on rice and global climate change. AsiaFlux Newsletter Special Issue pp. 12-18.
  15. Kirk, G.J.D., Solivas, J.L., Alberto, M.C.R., 2003. Effects of flooding and redox conditions on solute diffusion in soil. European Journal of Soil Science, vol. 54, pp. 617-624.
  16. Alberto, M.C.R, Arah, J.R.M., Neue, H.U., Wassmann, R., Lantin, R.S., Aduna, J.B., Bronson, K.F., 2000. A sampling technique for the determination of dissolved methane in soil solution. Chemosphere: Global Change Science 2 (2000), pp. 57-63.
  17. Wassmann, R., Neue, H.U., Bueno, C., Lantin, R.S., Alberto, M.C.R., Buendia, L.V., Bronson, K., Papen, H., Rennenberg, H., 1998. Methane production capacities of different rice soils derived from inherent and exogenous substrates. Plant and Soil, vol. 203, no. 2, pp. 227-237.
  18. Wassmann, R., Neue, H.U., Alberto, M.C.R., Lantin, R.S., Bueno, C., Llenaresas, D., Arah, J.R.M., Papen, H., Seiler, W., Rennenberg, H., 1996. Fluxes and pools of methane in wetland rice soils with varying organic inputs. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 42, pp. 163-173.
  19. Neue, H.U., Wassmann, R., Lantin, R.S., Alberto, M.C.R., Aduna, J.B., Javellana, A.M., 1996. Factors affecting methane emission from rice fields. Atmospheric Environment, vol. 30, nos. 10/11, pp. 1751-1754.
  20. Denier van der Gon, H.A.C., van Breemen, N., Neue, H.U., Lantin, R.S., Aduna, J.B., Alberto, M.C.R., Wassmann, R., 1996. Release of entrapped methane from wetland rice fields upon soil drying. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 1-7.
  21. Alberto, M.C.R., Neue, H.U., Capati, A.B., Castro, R.U., Bernardo, L.M., Aduna, J.B., Lantin, R.S., 1996. Effect of different straw management practices on soil fertility, rice yields, and the environment. In Proc. International Symposium on Maximizing Sustainable Rice Yields Through Improved Soil and Environmental Management, Khon Kaen, Thailand, pp. 721-731.
  22. Aduna, M.J.B., Alberto, M.C.R., Abao, E.B., Namuco, O., Moya, T., Lantin, R.S., Wassmann, R., Neue, H.U., 1996. Effect of elevated CO2 and temperature on methane emission from lowland rice. In Proc. International Symposium on Maximizing Sustainable Rice Yields Through Improved Soil and Environmental Management, Khon Kaen, Thailand.
  23. Alberto, M.C.R., Neue, H.U., Lantin, R.S., Aduna, J.B., 1996. Determination of soil-entrapped methane. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal., vol. 27, nos. 5-8, pp. 1561-1570.
  24. Wassmann, R., Neue, H.U., Lantin, R.S., Aduna, J.B., Alberto, M.C.R., Andales, M.J., Tan, M.J., Denier van der Gon, H.A., Hoffmann, H., Papen, H., Rennenberg, H., Seiler, W., 1994. Temporal patterns of methane emissions from wetland rice fields treated by different modes of N application. Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 99, no. D8, pp. 16457-16462.
  25. Neue, H.U., Lantin, R.S., Wassmann, R., Aduna, J.B., Alberto, M.C.R., Andales, M.J., 1994. Methane emission from rice soils of the Philippines. In: Methane and Nitrous Oxide Global Emissions and Controls from Rice Fields and Other Agricultural and Industrial Sources, edited by Minami, K., Mosier, S.R., and Sass, R.L. NIAES Series 2, Tokyo, Japan, pp. 55-77.
  26. Denier van der Gon, H.A.C., Neue, H.U., Lantin, R.S., Wassmann, R., Alberto, M.C.R., Aduna, J.B., Tan, M.J.P. 1992. Controlling factors of methane emissions from rice fields. In: World Inventory of Soil Emission Potentials, edited by Batjes, N.H. and Bridges, E.M. ISRIC, Wageningen, the Netherlands, pp. 81-92.
  27. Lantin, R.S., Alberto, M.C.R., Flores, M.J., Neue, H.U., 1992.  Methane emission from rice soils. In: Proc. International Symposium on Strategies for Utilizing Salt Affected Lands, Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 494-502.
  28. Nagarajah, S., Neue, H.U., Alberto, M.C.R., 1989. Effect of Sesbania, Azolla and rice straw incorporation on the kinetics of NH4, K, Fe, Mn, Zn and P in some flooded rice soils. Plant and Soil 116, pp. 37-48.

Ma. Carmelita AlbertoMa. Carmelita R. Alberto
Senior Associate Scientist 1, Rice and Climate Change, Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD)

International Rice Research Institute
Los Baños, Laguna
Philippines


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