SEARRP photographers Nick Heard and Sonny Royal have been following us in the field and working with us to produce a series of short videos about our research. The first video in the series is a short introductory overview to our work. Watch out for the next videos on our work on biogeochemical cycling, mammals, [read more]
We are recruiting Malaysia- and UK-based early career researchers to participate in a workshop on oil palm sustainability, which will take place in Sabah in November. We are able to sponsor 30-40 places at the workshop thanks to generous funding from the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund. To apply, go to our Forthcoming Events tab.
Dr Sarah Luke has joined the team to lead out new Netwon funded project looking at the effectiveness of riparian buffers in oil palm landscapes. Fieldwork will begin in October and will look at environmental conditions, biodiversity, and ecosystem functioning in riparian areas.
We were well represented at Conservation Asia 2016 in Singapore this month. We ran a symposium on biodiversity in plantations, as well as giving 8 talks, including 6 student talks, on everything from bat-insect foodwebs, GHGs, small and large mammals, birds, carbon and biodiversity, and riparian areas!
22 June 2016 – Knowledge exchange and stakeholder consultation meeting, Sabah Softwoods HQ, Tawau. Hosted by LOMBOK researchers Matthew Struebig (DICE-Kent), Jake Bicknell (DICE-Kent), and Eleanor Slade (Oxford) in collaboration with SEARRP. We presented to 35 participants that included oil palm plantation managers and directors of Benta Wawasan and Sabah Softwoods, as well as other [read more]
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.