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….
Desa Pemerihan merupakan salah satu desa yang terletak di tepi kawasan Taman Nasional Bukit Barisan Selatan (TNBBS). Lokasinya yang dekat dengan pesisir, menjadikan cuaca panas di desa tersebut pada siang hari cukup menyengat. Meski demikian, hal tersebut tidak mengalahkan semangat kami untuk berbagi. Sabtu, 14 Maret 2015, merupakan hari yang ditunggu bagi kami. Berawal dari sebuah program “Drop your book for Pemerihan kids” yang digalang oleh Pusat Riset Perubahan Iklim (RCCC UI), kami berinisiatif untuk mengumpulkan buku-buku layak baca yang akan disumbangkan untuk murid-murid sekolah dasar di desa tersebut. Mulai dari buku yang bermuatan sains, teknologi, hingga buku cerita sederhana. Alhamdulillah, masih banyak teman-teman kami yang ingin berbagi dengan anak-anak di desa ini.
Bisa dibilang, kami harus banyak bersyukur karena dianugrahi kondisi kehidupan yang lebih baik, terutama dari sisi pendidikan. Tinggal di ibukota tentunya berbeda dengan di Desa Pemerihan. Gedung sekolah yang bertingkat yang dilengkapi dengan berbagai macam fasilitas mulai dari lapangan upacara yang sudah disemen hingga sentuhan teknologi berupa lab komputer lengkap dengan koneksi internet nya. Hal tersebut sangat kontras dengan keadaan di desa ini. Anak-anak di desa ini masih akan tetap tersenyum dan semangat untuk bersekolah meski kondisi bangunan tempat mereka bersekolah termasuk tidak layak huni dan perlu perbaikan segera.
Continue reading Mendongeng, ‘tuk berpijak di anak tangga yang sama….
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.
Continue reading How important is your carbon debt to ecosystem services?
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.
The flower of Robusta coffee
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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
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….
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!”
Continue reading Independence day for the independence of biodiversity
Cannot do without them… Conservation research can be completed when we teach the young generations to do a good research. Conservation means sustainability and bringing students to the frontline of conservation means sustainability of the Indonesian’s forest and its biodiversity…. Let’s meet Zahrah and get to know her! Continue reading Students are the backbone in our research: Meet Zahrah…
We are so excited preparing for our trip to Lampung next week (yaay!!!), we will do training in Way Canguk, set up line transect and collecting preliminary data on our research on Bat and Bird Ecosystem Service”. Two of our students from Biology Departement, University of Indonesia, Nurul (a.k.a Noey)and Zahra will help us collecting data also will conduct their own dissertation project.
Let the student introduce them self. Here is Noey!
Continue reading Students are the backbone in our research: Here’s Noey