Category Archives: Conservation

Trying to find one of the rarest cats in existence

I remember my first wild cat capture. It was early 2011 and I’d already been camera-trapping for a couple of months in various sites by this point. I’d just had a tough few days collecting in cameras and was perched … Continue reading

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Go forth and have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth

So the forest clearance looks set to begin. A huge area has been cleared in the south of the Obah Suluk estate within Kalabakan Forest Reserve, the logging camp has been built, the saw mill is finished and a veritable … Continue reading

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An idea for the Borneo Biodiversity Network

A message for the nascent Borneo Biodiversity Network: I’ve been thinking for a while that we, as Borneo biodiversity investigators and promoters, need a platform. The BBN facebook page is an excellent start, which has kicked off lots of exciting … Continue reading

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There’s no wow in Tawau

It’s been quite a few months since my last post – my apologies. I always said I’d blog when I had that rare combination of internet access + time (+ inspiration) and the first half of 2011 has been busier … Continue reading

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Team Tikus

In the week before Christmas, I assembled a crack team (see below) of chain-smoking, parang-wielding Research Assistants to help me cut and mark my trail system. It went surprisingly well, if exhausting. My parang (curved machete) skills are improving and … Continue reading

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Twice-logged hill forest fun

So I spent my first weeks at my new forest home recceing and planning how best I am going to go about collecting my data. It always takes a while to get accustomed to the ways of a new forest, … Continue reading

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Kuznets Curves and an Old Tree

There’s an old development theory that is supposed to predict what a country will do with its natural resources, depending on how rich it is. It’s based on the idea of the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC), after Simon Kuznets. Stick with … Continue reading

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Crossing Borneo

There’s a book I’ve been recommended more times than I can remember. It’s called Stranger In the Forest, and is (apparently) an absorbing and accurate account of a truly remarkable feat: crossing the breadth of Borneo on foot. Forget Redmond … Continue reading

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