New publication: Logging of Borneo’s rainforests, the impacts on plant communities

How does logging affect the diversity of rainforest understorey plant communities in terms of functional traits and ancestral relatedness? Borneo’s tropical lowland rainforests continue to be logged for their timber and cleared for oil palm plantations at alarming rates. As a result, areas that can be considered truly untouched have nearly disappeared. Most of the … Continue reading New publication: Logging of Borneo’s rainforests, the impacts on plant communities

Research note: wildlife encounters at the SAFE project on Borneo

Timm returns to Borneo On a recent return to Sabah, Ecosystem Change Ecology team member Timm Döbert was fortunate to expand his portfolio of Bornean wildlife sightings. Ever since his PhD with the team based at the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project, Timm has been fascinated with capturing the magnificent wildlife in this … Continue reading Research note: wildlife encounters at the SAFE project on Borneo

Recent graduations: Caroline Delaisse & Timm Dobert

Congratulations to Caroline Delaisse and Timm Dobert! As we close in on the end of 2015, two of the Ecosystem Change Ecology team students have successfully graduated from the University of Western Australia. Caroline Delaisse completed her BSc(Hons) entitled “Understanding processes influencing seed germination in Rubus anglocandicans to improve weed invasion management” with the School … Continue reading Recent graduations: Caroline Delaisse & Timm Dobert

New publication: translating plant cover scores into estimates of leaf area index and biomass

Braun-Blanquet cover scores as a proxy for detailed measurement of community structure. The selective harvest of trees and the cutting down of forests for human land uses continue to negatively impact the quality and extent of the world's tropical forests. More effective strategies for their conservation within increasingly human-modified landscapes require detailed information on understorey … Continue reading New publication: translating plant cover scores into estimates of leaf area index and biomass