Dr Francia Avila
Former PhD student
Field of Research: 
The impacts of land-use induced land cover change on climate extremes
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Dr Francia Avila completed her PhD in December 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Andy Pitman and Dr Gab Abramowitz. Her PhD research focused on the impacts of land use-induced land cover change on climate extremes.  She also worked with Dr Lisa Alexander and Dr Markus Donat on the gridding-related scaling effects on the annual statistics of climate extremes.

Dr Avila joined the Environmental Science Department of the Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City, Philippines, in June 2015.  She is currently working with Fr Daniel McNamara, SJ on downscaling climate projections for Mindanao; with Dr John Burtkenley Ong on rainfall-induced debris flow; and with Dr Doris Montecastro on ocean biogeochemistry and air quality modelling.  She also teaches Earth and Atmospheric Science, and Computer Simulation and Modeling to undergraduate students.

Dr Avila previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Manila Observatory, Quezon City, Philippines, where her work ranged from network administration and web site development to research on emissions inventory, tropical cyclone forecasting and regional climate modeling.  Her outreach activites involved communicating the science of climate change and assisting in enabling activities designed to build disaster resilient communities.