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Hiya! I am Nurul Winarni and am currently working a climate change research institution in Indonesia

What’s happening at the edge?

Edge is always different. Do you notice?Edge of pond is full of semi-aquatic plants.It’s where the frogs stay quietly waiting for any insects flying above.Edge of forest is far from pristine forest. It’s where you can see some touch of human in a form of disturbance. There are usually large forest gaps where the understory plants get most of the sunshine. It’s an edge effect. Even a protected area suffers from edge effect. Nuruliawati, our former students summed up her research into this nice infographic. The picture tells it all….

Infografis Efek Tepi - Nuy


The importance of good equipment for field research

Good equipment doesn’t guarrantee that you will get good data.  Good equipment ensures you to better identify your object, your animal, even your measurement. I remember when I did DBH measurement years ago.  We needed to have a good protocol, the person who measure will speak out the reading of the DBH meter, and the note taker will have to repeat to speak out the measurement to make sure that the number is the same, to avoid error.  Previously, we used to borrow equipment from elsewhere, either the department or personal belonging.  Some of these were good, but some were already too old. Imagine, that this project used that DBH meter I used years ago.  But luckily, this year we have more equipment from the Idea Wild, although it was a bit tricky to find someone you know in the US who will bring them for you in Indonesia.

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Good hopes are with this equipment because it means we can see birds and butterflies more clearly.  More students can also use this equipment. More students can finish their thesis, including our two students, Zahrah Afifah and Nuruliawati who just finshed their undergraduate study a couple of month ago.  Well, good equipment relieves you… A lot…

How important is your carbon debt to ecosystem services?

How important is your carbon debt to ecosystem services? What transportation do you use everyday to go the office or school?  By car, motorbike, mass transportation, or bicycle.  How many gadget that we use everyday? Smartphone is common.  A laptop is a must for daily work.  Then there is tablet, portable charger, bluetooth, etc, etc….  The combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity is the one of the source of CO2 emissions.  Indonesia use coal as the main source for electricity as the production cost is cheaper than other sources. The least we use gadget, the least emission we share to the environment.  The more we use mass transportation or no-fuel transportation, the better our environment.


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Conservation of local fruits

I went to Samarinda, East Kalimantan last week to give a talk on ecosystem service. It was a surprise that I met one of my bird ‘guru’ Bas van Balen at the Soekarno Hatta International Airport. It was what I called coincidence. The last time I went to East Kalimantan during 1998 was with him. We were conducting bird survey in a forest concession in Malinau, East Kalimantan.

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Random updates from our young scientists

Field research is tough.  You got to walk through uncanny forest path, climb the cliff, walk through the grasses that as tall as you, deals with insect bites or sometimes bat bites.  But field research is also fun.  Field biologists stay young…

Here are some updates from Jaka Ramadhan, Nuruliawati Yuwono, and Janjiyanto (our field assistant) at facebook.

On 21st August, Jaka wrote: all day session of data entering Rain can messed up our plans of data collection but rain can also a blessed because you have a full day of rest that you can use for entering your data.  Yes, when you work in tropical rainforest, you just cannot rely on your schedule.  You need to be flexible because rain can be all day long.


On 24th August, Nuruliawati wrote: Dinner menu for tonight! Fresh river shrimp! Caught by tough field assistant, Janjiyanto and Ran.  If anybody can survive and happy in the forest, that is Ran as long as he has his machete!.  Fresh river shrimp is fine dining in this area. What else can you ask…. Continue reading Random updates from our young scientists

Independence day for the independence of biodiversity

This year’s project has been quite unique particularly in adjusting with different event of this year, not to mention the school schedule, the presidential election, even the schedule of the bats who just want to flying around. Our students were almost wear out.  They have been practiced by themselves, carrying up the bamboo poles, setting up and moving out mist nets, but the bats just prefer not to get caught in the mist net.  Until 17 August…. 17 August is our independence day…  Celebrating independence day in the field is just fascinating.  And these girls made a special picture for the day right from the our field transect….

Nuy_Zahrah And wrote these in their facebook:

“Karna Soekarno telah berhasil memperjuangkan Kemerdekaan Indonesia, mari kita perjuangkan kemerdekaan itu kembali! Kemerdekaan hutan dan isinya, kemerdekaan biodiversitas! Let’s Save Our Forest, Let’s Save Our Future! Happy Independence Day, Indonesia! We’ll take care of your forest!”

“Because Soekarno had successfully fought for the Indonesian Independence, let us strive back for our independence! The Independence of the forest and its contents, the independence of biodiversity! Let’s Save Our Forest, Let’s Save Our Future! Happy Independence Day, Indonesia! We’ll take care of your forest!”

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Tak cuma kelelawar, burung pun turut menyerbuki durian

Tumbuhan tak pernah tidur, setidaknya pada beberapa jenis…. Tahukah bahwa selain kelelawar, burung, dan serangga ternyata turut menyerbuki durian? Proses penyerbukan dengan demikian terjadi baik pada siang hari dan malam hari. Jika burung spiderhunter dan lebah melakukannya di pagi hari, kelelawar bekerja di malam hari. Setidaknya itu yang diamati Yumoto (2000) di Sarawak.

Gambar 1. Arachnothera robusta menghisap nektar pada bunga durian (diambil dari Yumoto 2000)







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