We are hosting two exciting events this month – a Knowledge Exchange workshop on ‘The benefits of riparin buffers in Sabah’, co-hosted by the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), the Environment protection Department (EPD), the Department of Agriculture (DoA), and SEARRP and an ATBC 2018 Symposium: ‘Managing oil palm plantations to enhance sustainability: linking [read more]
New paper from our PhD students Nick Deere and Lonnie Baking, University of Kent and Universiti of Malaysia Sabah, finds that protecting ‘high carbon’ rainforest also protects endangered wildlife. Nick’s used is hard-earned camera trap images from months of work hiking around the SAFE project and combined this with high-resolution satellite imagery to show that [read more]
Our long awaited policy brief on Riparian reserves and biodiversity in tropical agriculture was launched at the Heart of Borneo 2017 conference in Kota Kinablau. LOMBOK had a stand at the SEARRP and DID booths highlighting their riparian work, and LOMBOK’s Eleanor Slade and Miklin Ationg from the Department of Irrigation and Drainage gave a [read more]
We held the annual LOMBOK project meeting in Brasenose College in Oxford in January with presentations from all our students. Lots of exciting results and papers in the making! We were also joined by our Malaysian students and collaborators, Prof. Charles Vairappan, Herry Herion and Lonnie Baking who updated us on their work on riparian [read more]
Dr Jake Bicknell and Dr Eleanor Slade have been working with SEARRP’s policy team of Agnes Agama and Melissa Payne to expand their collaboration with government agencies in Sabah. In the last few months, the team have held several science-for-policy meetings with the Department for Irrigation and Drainage (Sabah), the Environmental Protection Department, and the [read more]
Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Early Career Researcher meeting, Kota Kinabalu, November 2016 Developing a research agenda to enhance the environmental sustainability of oil palm A 3 day networking event organised by Matt Struebig, Eleanor Slade, Jen Lucey, Agnes Agama, Zoe Davies, Charles Vairappan & Glen Reynolds 2nd-4th November 2016, Kota Kinabalu Researchers from DICE University of [read more]
Traditional insect flight intercept traps don’t catch large dung beetles, such as Sabah’s largest dung beetles, Catharsius dayacus and C. renaudpauliana, but bat harp traps work a treat! Bat PhD students Dave and Tor have been recording numbers of Catharsius in their harp traps every night across the SAFE land use gradient. Check out the [read more]
Have a read of the new blog by our PhD students Dave Hemprich-Bennett and Tor Kemp from QML who are studying bats and the foodwebs associated with them. You can follow them on Twitter @hammerheadbat @tor_85, and look at their amazing bat photos on Flickr.
Follow research assistant, Ross Gray, from University of Oxford, as he attempts to answer this question. Using fruit-baited traps Ross and his team are marking and releasing moths and following their movements through riparain reserves and the oil palm matrix around the SAFE project landscape. Watch our video diary to learn more.
Our video diaries are now online – click here to see what we are up to in the field!