Who is Johnvie B. Goloran?
Johnvie, as most of his friends and CSU professors/instructors call him, is a simple guy with a wide, friendly smile and one of the best students I ever had. This is how I remember him when he was a student in the BS Agroforestry program way back in the late ‘90s. When I met him in Brisbane, Australia, he is still the same Johnvie despite the addition of Dr. to his name.
He is from San Francisco, Agusan del Sur – a place where natural resources abound, but where operations in mining, forestry and agriculture are posing challenges to nature. With this as his backdrop, the science of Agroforestry then became inviting for a young man with aspirations to lead in harmonizing agriculture, forestry, and mining with environmental conservation. Thus, he enrolled in the BS Agroforestry program in 1996, graduating cum laude. He then started a career as Development and Management Officer I of the Agusan del Sur Economic Research and Business Assistance Centre in the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur in 2002-2008.
What makes him ‘the Face of International Students of Griffith U’?
During his stint in the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur, he was awarded the Commendation for Service by the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur. He was likewise given a scholarship under the Provincial Government Scholarship Program that led to the completion of his Master’s Degree in Forestry in 2005. Blessings kept on pouring for a young man with big dreams and wide, friendly smile… He was then awarded an Aus-AID Scholarship Program that allowed him to complete the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management from the University of Queensland at Brisbane, Australia in 2007.
He returned to the Philippines and worked as Project Development Officer V of the National Biofuels Feedstock Program and Philippine Agri-investment Program, under the Philippine Agricultural Development and Commercial Corporation, Department of Agriculture in Diliman, Quezon City. However, the pull of the university was so great that he went back in 2010 to Brisbane, Australia to take his Ph.D at Griffith University through a scholarship funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage Project, Australian Postgraduate Award-Industry. He managed to publish three papers from his research works on soil chemistry and nutrient dynamics in internationally known high impact journals even prior to completion of his Ph.D. He has also presented some of his research findings in international scientific conferences. In my conversation with his Ph.D. supervisor, he has only good words for Johnvie, recognizing his intellectual capacity and commitment to his work. With his aptitude, hard work and dedication, he finished his Ph.D. dissertation in 2013.
I am so glad that his research interests are interconnected with mine. While my current research work includes the rehabilitation of mined lands particularly in nickel areas of Caraga Region, his interests are also on mined land reclamation, particularly along these areas:
- Rehabilitation/remediation of disturbed landscape, assessment and monitoring, ecological restoration and management
- Chemical and biological processes governing soil nutrient dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems
- Use of N and P stoichiometry to characterize nutrient limitation and saturation in terrestrial ecosystems and its application to ecological rehabilitation performance
For the Caraga State University, Johnvie is undeniably an epitome of ‘Make Your University Proud’…
Contributor: Dr. Rowena P. Varela, OVPRE