School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment


Dr. Engielle Mae PAGUICAN

Contact Information

Email: engielle.paguican(at)
Phone: extension 31677
Office: Room 2, SGESE Building, Lower Campus

Research Interests

I graduated from the University of the Philippines with a BSc in Statistics in 2004 and MSc in Geology in 2010. I finished my Ph.D. in Earth Sciences (Volcanology) in 2012 at Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, France. After my Ph.D., I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and thereafter at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium.

My research interests and past experience are in geomorphology, Earth surface processes, natural hazards, and volcanology. I have worked on projects related to flooding, lahars and debris flows, landslides and debris avalanches. I use analogue modelling to understand the mechanism of debris avalanches and volcano- tectonic interactions, and have designed analogue experiments that incorporate erosion and tectonics to study volcano edifice evolution. My most recent work at Vrije Universiteit Brussel involved looking at the interaction between climate, tectonic and volcano landscape evolution, where I attempted to parameterize the individual contribution of climatic and tectonic forcing to the overall evolution of analogue volcano models by varying the rainfall and tectonic deformation rate. The morphology of the resulting models was analyzed by extracting 3D and digital elevation models through photogrammetry, and quantitatively described using morphometry (the quantitative characterization of edifice shape).


Book Chapter

Delcamp A, Poppe S, Detienne M, Paguican EMR (accepted) Chapter 9– Destroying a volcanic edifice– interactions between edifice instabilities and the volcanic plumbing system. In: Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems– Understanding magma transport, storage and evolution in the Earth’s crust (Ed. Burchardt, S.).

Journal Articles

Paguican EMR, Bursik M. (2016). Tectonic geomorphology and volcano-tectonic interaction in the eastern boundary of the Southern Cascades (Hat Creek Graben), California, USA. Frontiers in Earth Science  4:76. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2016.00076.

Paguican EMR, van Wyk de Vries B, Lagmay AMF. (2014). Hummocks: how they form and how they evolve in rockslide debris avalanches. Landslides  11(1), 67-80. DOI:10.1007/s10346-012-0368-y.

Paguican EMR, van Wyk de Vries B, Lagmay AMF. (2012). Volcano-tectonic controls and emplacement kinematics of the Iriga debris avalanches (Philippines). Bulletin of Volcanology 74(9), 2067-2081. DOI: 10.1007/s00445-012-0652-7.

Lagmay AMF, Rodolfo R, Cabria H, Soria J, Zamora P, Abon C, Lit C, Lapus M, Paguican EMR, Bato MG, Tiu G, Obille E, Pellejera NE, Francisco PC, Cordero A, Aviso J. (2012). Geological hazards of southwestern Natib volcano, site of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, Philippines. Geological Society, London, Special Publications  361, 151–169.

Paguican EMR, Lagmay AMF, Rodolfo R, Tengonciang AMP, Lapus M, Baliatan EG, Rodolfo K, Obille E. (2009). Extreme rainfall-induced lahars and breaching of dikes at Mayon volcano. Bulletin of Volcanology  71(8), 845–857.

Lagmay AMFA, Tengonciang AMP, Rodolfo RS, Soria JLA, Baliatan EG, Paguican EMR, Ong JBT, Lapus MR, Fernandez DFD, Quimba ZL, Uichangco CL. (2008). Science guides search and rescue in the aftermath of the massive February 2006 Philippine landslide. Journal of Disasters  32(3), 416–433.

Lagmay AMFA, Ong JBT, Fernandez DFD, Lapus MR, Rodolfo RS, Tengonciang AMP, Soria JLA, Baliatan EG, Quimba ZL, Uichangco CL, Paguican EMR, Remedio ARC, Lorenzo GRH, Valdivia W, Avila FB. (2006). Scientists investigate recent Philippine landslide. Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union  87(12), 123–124.

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