TRE Week 1: Monitoring Instruction!

Posted on Aug 19, 2017

During tropical storms, rain scours the land and runoff carries sediments into the nearest sink – for Batu Puteh and the surrounding villages this is the Kinabatangan river. Overland flows deposit these sediments in depressional areas with lower elevation, sorted […]

Walking through the Sky

Posted on Aug 17, 2017

I had an off day yesterday with FRIM so my supervisor, Mr. Sadali, took me to the beautiful Taman Negara national park. It was a relatively short drive of about an hour from the forests we were working in in […]

Kabili Trail – Sepilok, Malaysian Borneo

Posted on Aug 2, 2017

Greetings from Borneo! We finally had all the missing pieces assembled for our class last night. We enjoyed a great barbecue with our KOPEL colleagues we worked the week previous, the KOPEL director, and fellow graduate students. The food consisted […]

Bottom up Forest Ecology

Posted on Jul 31, 2017

Research in an unfamiliar environment is difficult. Add to that 80%+ humidity (a situation where nothing will ever dry), incompatible and unavailable materials, daily chaos, and unseasonably heavy rains and you’ve got a recipe for failure. In my supreme hubris […]

Let’s Wander where the WiFi is weak: Sepilok Trail

Posted on Jul 16, 2017

Selamat tengah hari!   Our first stop after the Kabili trail hike was the 45,000-hectare Mangrove Discovery Center at Sepilok Laut, known as the domain of the greatest concentration of accessible Mangrove Forest in Sabah. This center is connected by […]

World’s Smallest Bear Faces Large Problems

Posted on Jul 12, 2017

Commonly recognized for their small stature and unique chest markings, Malayan Sun Bears (Helarctos malayanus) are found across Southeast Asia, including the forests of Sabah, Borneo. The bears found here are a subspecies known as Bornean Sun Bears and are […]

Look before you leap! What’s in Tungog Lake?

Posted on Jul 4, 2017

Tungog Lake and the Kopel staff has had its ongoing battles with Salvinia molesta (see previous posts) since 2001. In a presentation given by Martin Vogel, the Kopel director, regarding the current issues, he stated that there needed to be […]

The Home Stay Experience: Learning Through Living, Growing Through Sharing

Posted on Jun 30, 2017

The last two nights of the TRE Course were spent in the local village. While the class was sad to leave the rainforest and all the beauty it offered we were excited to spend time with some community members. The […]

Smile Wildlife – You’re on Camera!

Posted on Jun 28, 2017

The Eco Camp is surrounded by forest that is home to diverse group of wildlife. We wake up every morning to the sounds of long-tailed macaques, proboscis monkeys, and gibbons. At night we are sometimes lucky enough to see a […]

IF NOT PALM OIL, WHAT ELSE? The story of Sabah’s development

Posted on Jun 22, 2017

One day dedicated to learn about Palm Oil industry from the perspective of local people in Sabah, Malaysia. Why is this interesting? My interest in the palm oil industry started due to the current news in Colombia, my home country, […]