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!
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.