Our star RAs have been busy making our dung beetle mesocosms and digging them into our forest and oil palm sites ready for us to start our experiments using isotopes to trace nutrients from dung into soil and plants.
Thanks to Newton funding the LOMBOK team are about to embark on some new riparian work. Next week we will hold our first meeting at the University of Kent. Watch this space for exciting new work on how riparain reserve design in oil palm affects water quality, greenhouse gas fluxes, aquatic invertebrates, birds, bats, mammals [read more]
QML PhD students, Dave and Tor are two months into their field season trapping bats to study predator-prey interactions and build foodwebs using isotope analysis. Follow Dave’s posts on Twitter @hammerheadbat and Tor’s blog https://abitbattyaboutbats.wordpress.com to discover the trials and tribulations of working with bats in tropical forests!
Julia Drewer presented our work on GHG fluxes at a session chaired by Eleanor Slade at the recent International Conference on Oil Palm and the Environment (ICOPE): Sustainable Palm Oil and Climate Change: The Way Forward Through Mitigation and Adaptation, 16-18 March 2016, held in Bali, Indonesia.
Into Borneo. Read Sol Milne’s new blog on his first impressions on arriving in Borneo and the SAFE camp to work on LOMBOK’s dung beetle project.
Check out the amazing photos published online in GuardianWitness taken by LOMBOK’s Sol Milne while working at SAFE and Maliau Basin. Sumatran Pitviper Trimeresurus sumatranus on the trail Walking along the trail at Maliau Conservation Area in Sabah, Malaysia and came across this snake sleeping in the fork of a tree. Came pretty close to [read more]
New research led by Matt Struebig and published in the journal Current Biology reveals that, although many of Borneo’s rare species are in trouble, targeted conservation measures could improve their survival prospects. Struebig, Matthew J. et al. (2015). Targeted Conservation to Safeguard a Biodiversity Hotspot from Climate and Land-Cover Change. Current Biology 25, 372 – 378 Further [read more]