Stephanie has always been fascinated about space science and its applications. After finishing her bachelor's degree in applied physics, she worked for Regulus Spacetech Inc which was founded and headed by one of the few astrophysicists in the country. In this work, she spearheaded many projects including outreach and education in astronomy and space science in the country, and reached out to hundreds of children in her home country.
While doing her first master’s programme where she took environmental engineering and focusing on water and wastewater systems, she became interested in the applications of space science and technology particularly in Earth observation after taking courses in geographic information systems and attending seminars in remote sensing.
Stephanie then proceeded to take another master's abroad under the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree Copernicus Master in Digital Earth with a focus on GeoData Science. She learned about satellite imagery and leverage them for environmental analysis such as time series analysis, land use land cover change, modelling and prediction. She believes that there is so much to learn and do with the huge amount of data that we receive from earth observation satellites every day.
Currently, Stephanie is doing her doctoral research at the Chair of Remote Sensing Technology in the Technical University in Munich in Germany. Her research focuses on modelling dynamic processes, prediction and anomaly detection that occur within the Earth system in three application areas: lithosphere, hydrosphere (ocean) and atmosphere. As the research falls under the Joint Academy of Doctoral Studies project, Stephanie will also spend time doing her research at TUM's partner institution, Imperial College London.
She is also the podcast host for "Down to Earth: A podcast for Geoscientists by Geoscientist", which is organized by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS).
Stephanie is also a science communication enthusiast. She is a multi-awarded science journalist and photographer in the Philippines. In 2018, she was the first awardee of the DOST-Bantog Science for the People Media awards where she was given the Outstanding S&T Journalist Award. She was also recognized by the Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute as an ASEAN Science Diplomat in 2017.