Charissa Marcaida Ferrera

Research Interests

  • Carbonate chemistry
  • Ocean acidification
  • Nutrient cycles (current focus: Phosphorus cycle in the coastal ecosystem)

Educational Background

  • M.Sc. Marine Science (University of the Philippines - Diliman) (2012)
  • B.Sc. Chemistry (University of the Philippines - Diliman) (2004)

Work Experience

  • Research Assistant, Coastal Ecosystem Conservation and Adaptive Management (CECAM) Project
    (Geochemistry Group), University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP MSI), 2010-2012
  • Research Assistant, Nutrient and Carbon Biogeochemistry of the Sulu Sea Project (Chemical
    Oceanography Component), UP MSI, 2007-2008
  • Research Assistant, Harmful Algal Bloom Program Phase II Project, (Lab culture and Toxin
    Component), UP MSI, 2005-2007

Scholarships and Fellowship

  • Scholar, Japan International Cooperation Agency for a 3-year PhD Program at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2012-2015
  • Fellow, Partnership for the Observation of Global Oceans - Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (POGO-SCOR) Fellowship onboard the Atlantic Meridional Transect Cruise (AMT19), Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Oct-Dec 2009
  • Scholar, Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research
    and Development (DOST-PCAMRD) Advanced Science and Technology Human Resources
    Development Program, 2008-2009
  • Scholar, DOST-Science and Education Institute (SEI), 2000-2004

More About Me

Birth Date

  • 1983 December 6

Country of Origin

  • Amadeo, Cavite, Philippines


  • Taking photos
  • Reading
  • Collecting thermometers, compasses and hourglasses!
  • Karaoke
  • Bowling (because there's no chance that the ball will come back and hit me!)