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Curriculum Vitae:

Mary Grace Bato
JPL Postdoctoral Scholar

Mary Grace Bato is a Filipina scientist. She received her BS degree in Physics from the National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Philippines and her MS degree (Research) in Earth Science from the Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans of the Université Blaise Pascal in France. In 2018, she obtained a Ph.D. in Earth Science from the Institut des Sciences de la Terre (ISTerre) of the Université Grenoble Alpes in France. Immediately after the Ph.D., she left France and joined the Earth Science Division of JPL as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She is currently pursuing her work in volcano geodesy and eruption forecasting using data assimilation and inverse methods.

Over the years, her research interests have been focused, but were not limited to, characterizing lava flows and understanding volcanic processes. She developed several tools in order to process and derive information from a large amount of satellite (radar and optical) and ground-based data recorded at several active volcanoes around the world (e.g. Piton de la Fournaise in France, Grímsvötn in Iceland, Sierra Negra in Ecuador, Kilauea in USA, and Mayon and Taal volcanoes in the Philippines). Her work on volcanic data assimilation to forecast volcanic unrest gained interest among peers in the scientific community and attracted the international media in 2017. Recently, she received the Thesis Prize in Geophysics which is awarded by the French National Committee of Geodesy and Geophysics (CNFGG) each year to the top 4 outstanding dissertations in Geodesy and Geophysics in France.

  • Ph.D., Earth Science, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France (2018)
  • M2R, Earth Science, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand II, France (2012)
  • B. S., Applied Physics (Major in Instrumentation Physics), University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines (2008)

Research Interests
  • Volcano geodesy, lava flow characterization, crustal deformation, radar interferometry, predictive analytics, inverse methods

Professional Experience

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California, USA (Nov 2008 - present)

  • JPL Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Grenoble, France (Jan 2015 - July 2018)

  • Graduate Researcher
  • Service National d'Observation RENAG, Grenoble, France (Oct 2015 - Sep 2017)

  • Intern
  • Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Clermont-Ferrand, France (Jan 2013 - Dec 2014)

  • Research Engineer
  • Forum Energy Philippines Corporation, Makati City, Philippines (Sep 2012 - Dec 2012)

  • Consulting Geophysicist
  • Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Clermont-Ferrand, France (Jan 2012 - Jun 2012)

  • Graduate Researcher
  • National Institute of Geological Sciences, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines (Mar 2009 - Nov 2011)

  • Research Associate
  • National Engineering Center, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines (Sep 2008 - Mar 2009)

  • Research Engineer, Management Information System

  • Selected Awards
    • Comité National Français de Géodésie et Géophysique
    • Thesis Prize Laureate, France (2019)
    • Doctoral Fellowship, Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche, France (2015)
    • Mention Bien, Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, France (2012)
    • Best Thesis, Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, France (2012)
    • Graduate Scholarship, Centre National des Oeuvers Universitaires et Scolaires, France (2010-2012)

    Selected Publications
    1. MG Bato, V Pinel, Y Yan, F Jouanne, J Vandemeulebrouck "Possible deep connection between volcanic systems evidenced by sequential assimilation of geodetic data", Nature Scientific Reports (2018) 8:11702,
    2. MG Bato, V Pinel, Y Yan, "Assimilation of Deformation Data for Eruption Forecasting: Potentiality Assessment Based on Synthetic Cases", Frontiers in Earth Science 5 (2017): 48,
    3. MG Bato, JL Froger, AJL Harris, N Villeneuve, "Monitoring an effusive eruption at Piton de la Fournaise using radar and thermal infrared remote sensing data: insights into the October 2010 eruption and its lava flows", From: Harris, A. J. L., De Groeve, T., Garel, F. & Carn, S. A. (eds) Detecting, Modelling and Responding to Effusive Eruptions. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, (2016) 426,
    4. AMF Lagmay, R Rodolfo, H Cabria, J Soria, P Zamora, C Abon, C Lit, MRT Lapus, E Paguican, MG Bato, G Tiu, E Obille, NE Pellejera, PC Francisco, RN Eco & J Aviso, "Geological hazards of southwestern Natib Volcano, site of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, Philippines", Geological Society, London, Special Publications361.1 (2012): 151-169,

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