Tag Archives: Borneo

The 12 days of Christmas (through the medium of camera-trapping)

It’s about time I shared some more of the many thousands of camera trap images  (682,566 and counting…) we’ve accumulated over the course of the last few years’ fieldwork. And given the festive timing, I thought it appropriate to hijack a … Continue reading

Posted in Field work, Rainforest Fauna | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

“The oldest rainforest in the world” and other tall tales

My PhD fieldwork in Borneo has come full circle, though not through design. My first few months included Christmas in Singapore and New Year’s at the top of a granite slab they call Kinabalu. Since then, I’ve managed to get … Continue reading

Posted in Rainforest Fauna, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Conservation, Field work, Logging, Rainforest Fauna, Scientific Research | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Conservation, Development, Logging, Palm Oil, Rainforest Fauna | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Conservation, Scientific Research | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

The Lost World

One of the most exciting parts of my PhD, for me, is the chance to work in some truly wild places, little explored by people. For some reason Wilderness just does it for me. I think it’s because such places … Continue reading

Posted in Field work, Travel, Wilderness | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Leeches don’t suck

Far too much has been written on leeches. I don’t mean scientifically. I mean sensationalist scare-mongering. It’s all over the internet. Truth is, leeches really aren’t a big nuisance. I’d take them any day over a tsetse fly (infuriatingly persistent) or a horse-fly … Continue reading

Posted in Field work, Rainforest Fauna | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

New Year’s Expectations

Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak between the Himalayas and the mountains of New Guinea, is also supposed to be one of the most accessible ways to climb above 12,000 ft. No mountaineering required. All you need is an ability to … Continue reading

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Conservation, Field work, Rainforest Fauna, Scientific Research | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Conservation, Field work, Logging | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment