Prof. Dr. Denise Margaret Matias

Research themes
  • Ecosystem services
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Biodiversity
  • Governance and conflict
Research countries
  • Philippines
Professional experience

2023 - Present: Member, Selection Committee of the International Climate Protection Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation

2021 - Present: Professor, Biosphere Reserves Institute (BRI), Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE)

2022 - Present: Lead Author, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Thematic Assessment of the Interlinkages among Biodiversity, Water, Food and Health (Nexus Assessment)

2022 - Present: Senior Fellow, Manila Observatory (MO)

2019 - 2021: Steering Committee, Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI) Expert Group on Wild Foods, Biodiversity and Livelihood of the Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP)

2018 - 2022: Fellow, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Thematic Assessment of Sustainable Use of Wild Species

2019 - 2021: Research Scientist, Institute for Social-Ecological Research / Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung (ISOE) Biodiversity and People Research Unit

2021: Fellow, 36x36 Project

2019 - 2021: Fellow, Robert Bosch Stiftung (RBS) Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership

2019: Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA) Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

2017-19: The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

2012-15: TMP Systems (formerly The Munden Project)

2012: REDD+ Safeguards Technical Working Group, Conservation International Philippines

2010-11: International Climate Policy Team, Germanwatch via Alexander von Humboldt Foundation International Climate Protection Fellowship

2010: Emergency Response Team, Handicap International Philippines

2008-09: The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman

2006-13: Sub-Terra, Gaia Exploration Club

2006: Direct Dialogue and Climate Campaigns, Greenpeace Southeast Asia

2005: Department of Biology, Ateneo de Manila University


2017: Doktorin der Agrarwissenschaften (Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany) Summa cum laude, European Science Award of the Eiselen Foundation and Foundation fiat panis 2018, Yale University ISTF Innovation Prize 2018

2012: MSc Environmental Sciences and Policy (Central European University, Hungary) Distinction

2010: Graduate Diploma Environmental Science (University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines)

2005: BS Biology (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)


Matias, D.M.S.  2024.  Transdisciplinarity, tempocoupling, and the role of culture in zoonosis research.  Global Sustainability, (Accepted online)   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Aschenbrand, E., U. Gräbener, P.L. Ibisch, V. Luthardt, D.M.S. Matias, and L-M. Mutschler.  2023.  Science and Research In, For, and With Unesco Biosphere Reserves.  Biosphere Reserves Institute. (Open Acess) Further Information
Ortiz, A.M.D., M.L. Jamero, S.J. Crespin, C.S. Ramirez, D.M.S. Matias, J.J. Reyes, A. Pauchard, and A.G.M. La Viña.  2023.  The land and sea routes to 2030: a call for greater attention on all small islands in global environmental policy.  npj biodiversity, 2 (18)   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Auler, A., T. Bolger, F. Didonna, R. Eberhard, S. Eberhard, H. Gerstner, D. Gillieson, J. Gunn, A. Komericki, D. Matias, J. Moreira, A.S. Reboleira, G. Schindel, M-L. Tîrlă, B. Vogel, and B. Wuest.  2022.  Guidelines for cave and karst protection (2nd edition).  In: Gillieson, D., Gunn, J., Auler, A., and Bolger, T. (eds.): . International Union of Speleology (UIS) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).   Further Information
Franzke, C.L.E., A. Ciullo, E.A. Gilmore, D.M. Matias, N. Nagabhatla, A. Orlov, S.K. Paterson, J. Scheffran, and J. Sillmann.  2022.  Perspectives on tipping points in integrated models of the natural and human Earth system: cascading effects and telecoupling.  Environmental Research Letters , 17   : 015004   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Gasalla, M. A., D. P. Tittensor, K. Kok, E. Archer, I. Borokini, G. Halouani, D.M. Matias, M. Mbiba, E.J. Milner-Gulland, P. Pacheco, C. Fabricius, and Kieling, D.  2022.  Chapter 5: Future scenarios of sustainable use of wild species. In: Thematic Assessment Report on the Sustainable Use of Wild Species of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.  In: Fromentin, J.M., Emery, M., Donaldson, J., Danner, M.C., Hallosserie, A., and Kieling, D. (eds.): IPBES Sustainable Use of Wild Species Assessment.   720-788.  (Open Acess)  Further Information
Matias, D.M.S., H.C. Gallardo, S.A. Betonio, M.X. Bacas.  2022.  Indigenous forest livelihoods in the Anthropocene: Social-ecological assessment of abacá and giant honey bee indigenous forest enterprises through a transdisciplinary approach.  In: La Viña, Antonio; Canivel, Jose Andres; Reyes, Donna Paz (eds.): Forests in the Anthropocene . Forest Foundation Philippines.   129-153.  (Open Acess)  Further Information
Tarne, A., B. Batjav, D.M. Matias, and M. Mehring.  2022.  Rural to urban migration in Mongolia: Social-ecological conditions for a stepwise process.  ISOE-Diskussionspapiere 47. (Open Acess) Further Information


Matias, D.M., H. Kim, J. Anticamara, K.M. Matias, and L. Tibig.  2021.  Emerging response options and scenarios of slow onset events related to climate change in Southeast Asia.  Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 50   : 175-184   . Further Information
Matias, D.M.S.  2021.  Indigenous livelihood portfolio as a framework for an ecological post-COVID-19 society.  Geoforum, 123   : 12-13   . Further Information
Matias, D.M.S., E.F. Pinto, M. Ramnath, and D. San Jose.  2021.  Local communities and wildlife consumption bans.  Nature Sustainability, 04   : 01   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Schneider, F.D.S., D.M. Matias, S. Burkhart, L. Drees, T. Fickel, D. Hummel, S. Liehr, E. Schramm, and M. Mehring.  2021.  Biodiversity conservation as infectious disease prevention: why a social-ecological perspective is essential.  Global Sustainability,   : 1-14   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Matias, D.M.  2020.  COVID-19 and the need for social-ecological justice.  Further Information
Matias, D.M.  2020.  Indigenous livelihood portfolio as an economic framework for an ecological society.  Further Information
Matias, D.M., L. Drees, U. Kasymov, D. Nandintsetseg, B. Batbuyan, T. Dashpurev, U. Dorj, G. Gonchigsumlaa, T. Müller, I. Ring and M. Mehring.  2020.  Mobility at risk: Sustaining the Mongolian steppe ecosystem – developing a vision. Stakeholder involvement and identification of drivers and pathways towards sustainable development.  ISOE-Materialien Soziale Ökologie, Nr. 62 Further Information
Matias, D.M.S.  2020.  Climate humanitarian visa: International migration opportunities as post-disaster humanitarian intervention.  Climatic Change, 160 (2020)   : 143–156   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Matias, D.M.S.  2020.  The extended present: conceptualizing tempocoupling and sustainability archaeology.  Further Information
Matias, D.M.S. and D.M. Supnet.  2020.  Gemeinsam gegen den Klimawandel.  (Misc. 1/2020) (Open Acess) Further Information


Matias, D.M.S., C. Borgemeister, A-M Sémah, and H. von Wehrden.  2019.  The role of linked social-ecological systems in a mobile agent-based ecosystem service from giant honey bees (Apis dorsata) in an indigenous community forest in Palawan, Philippines.  Human Ecology, 6(47)   : 905-915   . Further Information
Reyes-García, V., D. García-del-Amo, P. Benyei, A. Fernández-Llamazares, K. Gravani, A.B. Junquiera, V. Labeyrie, X. Li, D.M.S. Matias, A. McAlvay, P.G. Mortyn, A. Porcuna-Ferrer, A. Schlingmann, and R. Soleymani-Fard.  2019.  A collaborative approach to bring insights from local observations of climate change impacts to global climate change research.  Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 39   : 1-8   . Further Information


Manlosa, A. and D.M.S. Matias.  2018.  From gender parity to gender equality: changing women's lived realities.  Further Information
Matias, D.M., R. Fernández, M-L. Hutfils, and M. Winges.  2018.  Pro-poor climate risk insurance: The role of community-based organisations.  Further Information
Matias, D.M.S. and Richerzhagen, C..  2018.  Bees or bust – Celebrating the first World Bee Day.  Further Information
Matias, D.M.S., C. Borgemeister, and H. von Wehrden.  2018.  Ecological changes and local knowledge in a giant honey bee (Apis dorsata F.) hunting community in Palawan, Philippines.  Ambio, 8(47), 924-934   . Further Information
Matias, D.M.S., J.A. Tambo, T. Stellmacher, C. Borgemeister, and H. von Wehrden.  2018.  Commercializing traditional non-timber forest products: An integrated value chain analysis of honey from giant honey bees in Palawan, Philippines.  Forest Policy and Economics, 97   : 223-231   . Further Information


Kreft, S., L. Schäfer, E. Behre, and D. Matias.  2017.  Climate risk insurance for resilience: assessing countries' implementation plans.  Review
Matias D.M.S., C. Borgemeister, and H. von Wehrden.  2017.  Thinking beyond Western commercial honeybee hives: towards improved conservation of honey bee diversity.  Biodiversity and Conservation, 14(26)   : 3499-3504   . Further Information
Matias D.M.S., J. Leventon, A.-L. Rau, C. Borgemeister, and H. von Wehrden.  2017.  A review of ecosystem service benefits from wild bees across social contexts.  Ambio, 4(46)   : 456-467   . Further Information
Matias D.M.S., T. Stellmacher, C. Borgemeister, J.G. Cayron, and H. von Wehrden.  2017.  Mapping giant honey bee nests in Palawan, Philippines through a transdisciplinary approach.  Development in Practice, 7(27)   : 903-912   . Further Information
Matias, D.M.  2017.  Slow onset climate change impacts: global trends and the role of science-policy partnerships.  Further Information
Matias, D.M.S.  2017.  Sustainability of community forestry enterprises: indigenous wild honey gathering in the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Palawan, Philippines.  Doctoral Thesis at  Faculty of Agriculture, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn.  Further Information
Matias, D.M.S. and A.G.M. La Viña.  2017.  More duty than choice: Supporting refugees in a globalised world.  Further Information
Tibig, L. and D.M.S. Matias.  2017.  From super typhoons to sea level rise: fighting the creeping catastrophe of climate change.  Further Information


Matias, D.M. and C. Mosuela.  2016.  International migration opportunities as post-disaster humanitarian intervention.  Further Information


Matias, D.M.  2015.  Local adaptation to climate change: a case study among the indigenous Palaw’ans in the Philippines.  In: Filho, Walter Leal (eds.): Climate change in the Asia-­Pacific region. Springer International Publishing.   173-­187.  Further Information
Mosuela, C. and D.M. Matias.  2015.  The role of a priori cross-border migration after extreme climate events: the case of the Philippines after typhoon Haiyan.  In: Hillmann, Felicitas; Pahl, Marie; Rafflenbeul, Birte and Sterly, Harald (eds.): Environmental change, adaptation and migration: bringing in the region. Palgrave Macmillan.   98-116.  Download [GIF | 15.18KB]
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Matias, D.M. and J. Tabangay.  2014.  The role of conservation agreements in disaster risk reduction: the case of Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape (MMPL) in the Philippines.  In: Murti, Radhika and Buyck, Camille (eds.): Safe havens: protected areas for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).   104-115.  (Open Acess)  Further Information
Mosuela, C. and D.M. Matias.  2014.  The role of a priori cross-border migration after extreme climate events: The case of the Philippines after typhoon Haiyan.  COMCAD Working Paper no. 126 Further Information


Alforte, A., D. Matias, L. Munden, and J. Perron.  2013.  Financing sustainable agriculture and mitigation: Smallholders and the Landscape Fund.  CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Copenhagen, Denmark. Further Information
Matias, D.M.  2013.  Electric public transport in Puerto Princesa City: Enabling factors for institutionalizing low-carbon transport.  In: Muga, Helen E. and Thomas, Ken D. (eds.): Cases on the diffusion and adoption of sustainable development practices. IGI Global.   pp. 287-311.  Further Information


Matias, D.M.  2012.  Assessing adaptive capacity of indigenous Palaw’ans in Mount Mantalingahan, Palawan, Philippines.  MSc thesis, Central European University MSc thesis, Central European University. Further Information


Matias, D.M.  2011.  Low-carbon development in Southeast Asia: energy perspectives for Denpasar, Indonesia and Puerto Princesa, Philippines.  Germanwatch. Bonn, Germany. Further Information

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Denise Margaret Matias

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Ecology and Natural Resources Management


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