Agriculture and biodiversity are strongly interconnected because while biodiversity is critical for agriculture, agriculture can also contribute to the conservation of biodiversity. Sustainable agriculture delineates hope for humanity and the planet as we confront this crossroad. How can we encourage agroecological practices which both promotes and is enhanced by biodiversity?Read More
Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back. I truly feel this is how I get through the grit and find inspiration on a daily basis. I recently discovered a foundation called Supershe, founded by Kristina Roth. The organization's mission is to bring together badass women around the world that will ultimately empower one another. This morning I woke up feeling humbled and thrilled to see my interview was published on their website!Read More
It's time to start living in a way that a future will be possible for the next generations. The planet is suffering from our deep disconnect and solutions aren't going to manifest through reductionist thinking or individualistic societies. Collectively we have the power to choose the fate of our planet.Read More
Cities have been working toward recovering green space by replacing conventional roofs with a vegetated system. With an urban area containing more than 50% of impervious surface, eco-roofs have an important environmental function providing many ecological and economic benefits. As these roofs move toward the forefront of climate solutions... living roofs give us something worth talking about!
The global production of palm oil is increasing rapidly. The expansion of plantations is directly resulting in deforestation and threatening islands with some of the greatest biodiversity on Earth. Yet, simply eliminating palm oil is not the answer and actually a very short-sighted solution.Read More
I am very lucky to have been embraced by such an amazing community during my internship in the heart of Borneo. There has never been a better example for me that demonstrates a place is only a place without good people. It becomes a home when the faces become friends and friends become family. Batu Puteh, you have lodged yourself into my heart and I will never forget the way you welcomed me into your lives.Read More
I squat below the thick vegetation as I wait for Fikri. My parang rests on the jungle floor and I grab for a blade of grass. Pressing my thumbs to my lips I hold the piece of grass tight and blow softly. A high pitch screeched from where I sat.... "Ashley! Ashley!".... What?? Apparently leopard cats make a similar sound. Just another day in the jungle working on the sampling plot.Read More
Lying on a coconut fiber mattress under the rainforest canopy with only the light from a sliver of the moon can arouse a recital of words. Verbs and adjectives bounce in your head like a passionate game of racket ball. The sounds of the night create an unforgettable reverb like you’ve never heard before. Last night the dance went something like this…..Read More
As a part of the forest habitat restoration research, I am building a plant press to dry and preserve the collected specimens for later identification. You can also learn how to create one at home with recycled materials and press plants you would like to study or display!Read More
Trees support up to ninety percent of life in the rainforest, filter the air we breathe and give us the raw material for many of the things we use everyday! Today on Earth Day, let us find gratitude for the precious gifts from our planet's forests.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children"
~ Native American Proverb
The Danau Girang Field Centre is a collaborative research & training facility managed by Sabah Wildlife Department and Cardiff University. The research being performed by PhD students aims to mitigate the loss of Asian biodiversity.Read More
Researchers at DGFC are investing their blood, sweat, & tears into understanding the effects of habitat fragmentation on various species. The collaboration of data will ultimately serve as a vital tool to assist future management implementation. Photo credit: Nick Garbutt
" Doing something that makes a difference & you enjoy is far more important than seeking money" ~Rich
The Sunda pangolin is classified as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List due to increasingly high levels of poaching. Working to protect their species, the most illegally traded animal in the world, is critical. Sabah local, Elisa Panjang, dedicates her Phd research seeking to better understand the effects of habitat fragmentation on the pangolins of Borneo.
"When studying rare species, you need to be very patient & not easily discouraged." ~Elisa
There are 74,000+ acres of forest under protection in the Lower Kinabatangan floodplain, but these reserves are fragmented & under threat from expansion of palm oil. Wildlife Veterinarian & PhD researcher, Sergio Guerrero Sanchez, is collecting data on monitor lizards to better understand the effects of habitat fragmentation & protect some of the world's greatest biodiversity.
"Follow your heart & never give up until you've tried all the options. ~SergioRead More
After spending time at the Danau Girang Field Centre as a research field assistant intern the way you define your normal begins to shift. The scientists here are doing very important conservation work studying effects of habitat fragmentation. Here is a glimpse into a typical day...Read More
The Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is home for many threatened and endangered wildlife species including the pygmy elephant, orangutans, & proboscis monkeys. The Malaysian government has proposed a 350-meter bridge project that would cut through this sanctuary and arguably impede the protection of biodiversity by further fragmenting the land. Please share this information widely!
Last week I spent time looking at the issues surrounding environmental & cultural sustainability in Sabah. A group of us gained experience working on micro-hydro systems in Ulu Papar and assisting in restoration initiatives along the Kinabatangan.Read More
Deep in the highland rainforest of northern Borneo there lies a series of small Dasun villages. The people are living in harmony with the land in one of the most pristine regions on the planet. They are currently being threatened by the development of a mega dam and need your help to spread the word!Read More
Have you heard of a place that is considered to be the Lungs of the World? No, I’m not referring to the Amazons. I would like to introduce you to the Heart of Borneo!Read More