Jemelyn Grace P. Baldisimo

Field of Study / Research: PhD Ecological Sciences

Program: Fulbright - Philippine Program - Students


Philippine Affiliation: University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

U.S. Affiliation: Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA


Jem likens herself to Moana—always coming back to the sea because she thinks it is calling out to her and always trying to see how far she’ll go with her long-term goal of being at the forefront of marine conservation in the Philippines.

Educational & Professional Background
After finishing her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the Ateneo de Manila University, Jem joined Australian environmental consulting firm, GHD, as an environmental scientist. She became involved in various environmental projects in the Philippines and Australia for projects on environmental monitoring, impact assessments, audits, environmental modelling, and environmental permitting for the mining and power industry. She obtained a degree in Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne in 2010 after being chosen as one of ten Filipinos to receive the prestigious AusAid Australian Leadership Awards in 2008. After returning from Australia, she was engaged as a freelance consultant for local and international-funded projects and transitioned into focusing more on scientific research, environmental sustainability and conservation work. She joined Haribon Foundation to provide assistance in the development of the National Biodiversity Species Action Plan for the Philippines and in the DOST-PCAARD funded National Assessment of Coral Reef Environments Program that was led by the University of the Philippines' Marine Science Institute. She is currently working as a senior research assistant for the formulation of the Manila Bay Sustainable Development Master Plan spearheaded by NEDA.
Other Interests
A PADI Rescue Diver and Reef Check Eco Diver, Jem has a broad interest in bridging scientific research and policy making, particularly for coastal and coral reef environments. When she is not out talking to fishers or scuba diving for work, she enjoys playing football, mountain biking, trail running, hiking, performing in musical theater plays and singing with the Bukas Palad Music Ministry.