Biodiversity, Conserservation & Sustainable Development Field Course – Indonesia 2010

 

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Title: Biodiversity, Conservation & Sustainable Development Field Course – Indonesia 2010

Instructions for participants: here

Registration: Registration is Closed

Type: Field course

Venue: Alas Purwo National Park, Bali Barat National Park, Rinjani National Park, and Bali Botanic Garden

Dates: 25 July – 4 September 2010 (6 weeks)

Organiser: Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation Asia-Pacific chapter, University of Indonesia and University of Gajah Madah

Sponsors: Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change

Fellowships: Travel awards and fellowships to cover the course fees are available for participants from lower-income countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Preference will be given to participants who are presenting a paper (oral or poster) at the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation meeting (19-23 Jul) in Bali. A limited number of fellowships to cover the conference fees are also available.

Fees: $1500 (including domestic transport, food and accommodation)

About: During this six-week field course participants will study forest ecology, conservation biology and sustainable development through both resource staff led practicals and participant-led research projects. The course will be international in character with participants selected from across the Asia-Pacific region and a diverse pool of resource staff from both regional and local research institutions. In the current (tentative) schedule we propose to study biomes on either side of Wallace’s Line. The course will start at Alas Purwo National Park, East Java, which is predominantly comprised of dry seasonal forest over limestone. Here participants will receive an introduction to the study of different taxa and advanced phylogenetic and statistical methods. We will then move briefly to Bali Barat National Park, which harbours a diversity of forest types but predominantly seasonal evergreen forest, where participants will study conservation and sustainable development, before continuing to Rinjani, Lombok, a lower montane forest, to study plant-animal interactions. Participants will conduct short research projects (5 days) at both Alas Purwo and Rinjani. The course will finish at Bali Botanic Gardens where participants will analyse and write up their findings, which will be presented to an invited audience at a course symposium on 3rd Sep. Please see the detailed schedule given below.

Field course schedule

 

Date Time Topics Resource staff
25 Jul 08:00 Travel to Alas Purwo National Park, East Java
19:00 Introduction to APNP Mr Hartono (Director APNP)
26 Jul – 9 Aug Measuring / assessing biodiversity
26 Jul 08:00 Plant taxonomy Dr Ferry Slik (XTBG)
09:30 Plant collecting Dr Ferry Slik (XTBG)
19:00 Plant biodiversity and carbon Dr Ferry Slik (XTBG)
27 Jul 08:00 Plant biodiversity Dr Ferry Slik (XTBG)
16:00 Plant biogeography Dr Ferry Slik (XTBG)
19:00 Plant physiology Dr Kung Fang Cao (XTBG)
28 Jul 08:00 Plant-environment associations Dr Kung Fang Cao (XTBG)
19:00 IT instruction Dr Cam Webb (Harvard)
29 Jul 08:00 Focal taxa Dr Cam Webb (Harvard)
19:00 Introduction to arthropods Dr David Lohman (CCNY)
30 Jul 08:00 Arthropod biodiversity and abundance Dr David Lohman (CCNY)
19:00 Ants Dr David Lohman (CCNY)
19:30 Bees Dr Rhett Harrison (XTBG)
20:00 Herbivory Dr David Lohman (CCNY)
31 Jul 08:00 Arthropod biodiversity and abundance Dr David Lohman (CCNY)
1 Aug 19:00 Introduction to bird diversity and abundance Dr George Gale (KMUTT)
02 Aug 08:00 Measuring bird diversity and abundance Dr George Gale (KMUTT)
19:00 Bird behavioural ecology Dr George Gale (KMUTT)
03 Aug 08:00 Bird behavioural ecology Dr George Gale (KMUTT)
19:00 Large mammal ecology Dr Satyawan Pudyatmoko (UGM)
04 Aug 08:00 Large mammal ecology Dr Satyawan Pudyatmoko (UGM)
19:00 Student presentations I
05 Aug 08:00 Introduction to Statistics using R Dr Rhett Harrison (XTBG)
19:00 Biodiversity assessment for the tropics Dr Rhett D Harrison (XTBG)
06 Aug 08:00 Assessing biodiversity and environmental gradients Dr Rhett D Harrison (XTBG)
19:00 Student presentations II
07 Aug 08:00 Assessing biodiversity and environmental gradients Dr Rhett D Harrison (XTBG)
09-13 Aug Independent student projects I
09 Aug 08:00 20 Questions Dr Rhett D Harrison (XTBG)
19:00 Project proposals
10-13 Aug Student projects
14 Aug 08:00 Travel to Baluran National Park
15 Aug 08:00 Introduction to Baluran National Park Dr Mochamad Indrawan (UI)
19:00 Conservation Dr Adam Tomasek (WWF)
16-18 Aug Conservation and sustainable development
16 Aug 08:00 Conservation and sustainable development Dr Mochamad Indrawan (UI)
19:00 Agroforestry in Indonesia ICRAF
17 Aug 08:00 Sustainable development and biodiversity ICRAF
19:00 Another lecture ICRAF
18 Aug 08:00 Sustainable development and biodiversity ICRAF
19 Aug 08:00 Travel to Rinjani National Park, Lombok
19:00 Introduction to Rinjani National Park Mr Purwantono(Director Rinjani NP)
20-24 Aug Animal-plant interactions
20 Aug 08:00 Frugivory and seed dispersal Dr Richard Corlett (NUS)
19:00 Frugivory Dr Richard Corlett (NUS)
21 Aug 08:00 Frugivory and seed dispersal Dr Richard Corlett (NUS)
19:00 Seed dispersal Dr Richard Corlett (NUS)
22 Aug 19:00 Project proposals I
23 Aug 08:00 Pollination and co-evolution Rhett D Harrison (XTBG)
19:00 Fig biology Rhett D Harrison (XTBG)
24 Aug 08:00 Pollination and co-evolution Rhett D Harrison (XTBG)
19:00 Project proposals II
25-29 Aug Independent student projects II
30 Aug 08:00 Travel to Bali Botanic Gardens
31 Aug-02 Sep Analysis and write up
03 Sep Course Symposium at Bali Botanic Gardens
08:00 Projects from Alas Purwo
14:00 Projects from Rinjani
19:00 Closing ceremony and dinner
04 Sep Participants return