Category Archives: Field research

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.

IMG_0228 Foto Ideawild

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…


The Hopes of Coffee

From the editor: Hi again.  Nuruliawati talks about her observation on why villagers changing plants in their garden.  The story came from her recent field survey in Lampung, Southern Sumatra. 

Who does not know Lampung Coffee? Ground coffee from Lampung or familiarly called robusta coffee (varieties) is one of the leading commodity export of Indonesian. Coffea robusta or Robusta coffee is coffee that has 1.1% caffeine content (per coffee weight) is higher than Coffea arabica (Arabica coffee). The coffee has unique taste and flavor. Most of the coffee plantations in Lampung spread across the Lampung plains, including Sumbereje and Pemerihan, West Lampung.

bunga kopiThe flower of Robusta coffee

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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