Our Featured Alumna: Mari Trix Estomata

Born in Davao City, Davao del Sur, ENGR. MARI TRIX ESTOMATA graduated grade school and high school from Ateneo de Davao University in 2000 and 2004 respectively. She finished BS Geodetic Engineering from the department as cumlaude in 2009 and continued on to pursue an MS degree in Remote Sensing which she completed in 2012. She became a licensed Geodetic Engineer in September 2009.

MariTrixKnown as Trixie to her friends, she has actively participated in different conferences internationally and locally, including the XXII International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS 2012), the 1st Regional Symposium on Coastal Ecosystem Conservation and Adaptive Management (2012), the 1st Philippine Geomatics Symposium (PhilGeos 2012), the 3rd National Remote Sensing Conference by Philippine Remote Sensing Society (3rd NRSC, May 30-31, 2013), and the 34th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS 2013).

Trixie is currently part of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH as National Advisor on RS/Radar Technology. With fields of expertise on Remote Sensing and GIS, she has been part of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) project (June 2012 – Jan 2013) and presently involved in the National REDD+ System Philippines (Jan 2013 – present).

Some of the trainings she has attended are the Training Workshop on Synthetic Aperture Radar Image Processing for Forest Cover Classification and Change Detection in Support of REDD+ MRV Development (February 2012), Forest Stratification and Forest Monitoring for REDDplus Symposium Workshop (July 2012), DENR Training on Remote Sensing Mapping Tools for Forest Monitoring (October 2012), and 9th International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Summer School (October 2013).

A self-professed water sports enthusiast, Trixie acknowledges the importance of GE especially in the project she is working on which she describes as “highly dependent on the results and analysis of Remote Sensing and GIS, as we need accurate and reliable outputs for international reports. The methodologies and skills established in this project will be passed on to government agencies concerned so they can do the analysis for future reporting.”

Engr. Estomata can be contacted through trixia.estomata@gmail.com.