Conserving Montane Anuran and Avian Communities in Peninsular Malaysia: Investigating the Effects of Habitat Degradation and Climate ChangeI will study the impacts of habitat and climate change on montane anuran and avian communities in Peninsular Malaysia comparing data that I surveyed 12 years earlier. I am also investigating the phylogenetic relationships and differential resilience of sub-populations of montane species across different geographic scales.
Community Participation for Conservation of Threatened Orchid Dactylorhiza hatagirea in Jumla DistrictWe aim to identify the population status and threats to target species for possible conservation measures. We will raise awareness, strengthen capacity in order to conserve Dactylorhiza hatagirea.
Geospatial Modeling of Walk Trails of Asian Elephant as a Tool for Mitigating Human Elephant Conflicts in Central NepalA major obstacle in strategies for Asian elephant’s conservation is a lack of communication between policy makers, conservationists and farmers; making steps between planning and action inefficient; which hinders future success of conservation strategies that reduce human-elephant conflicts. Here I aim to improve the situation in close dialogue with farmers, forest officers, conservationists, and together assess the habitat use of elephants as a tool for mitigating human-elephant conflicts. To achieve that goal I will (1) investigate elephant walk trails in central Nepal, (2) make predictions of potentially suitable elephant’s habitat and (3) communicate this information to different forest user groups.
Abundance and distribution of Clouded Leopard in Royal Manas National ParkThis project will assess the abundance and distribution of clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) in Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan. The information generated from this project be useful for planning long term conservation strategy of felids in the park.
The Population Structure, Distribution, and Habitat Use of Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur) in Central Part of Jigme Dorji National Park, BhutanThis proposed study intends to estimate the abundance and population structure of blue sheep, and determine the habitat utilization pattern of blue sheep in the study area.
Study of Butterfly Diversity and its Conservation in Tsirang District, Bhutanhe main goal of the planned project is to inventories the butterfly diversity in Tsirang district and construct a baseline data for butterfly studies in central Bhutan. Secondly, to identify and prioritize the conservation-dependent species and habitat in the region. Thirdly, to disseminate information and values on the importance and role of butterfly plays in our ecosystem through awareness campaigns to the school, students, teachers, forest officials and local peoples in and around the study area.
Population Assessment and Conservation of Wild Yak (Bos mutus) in Upper Humla, NepalThe project aims to assess the population status of wild yak in upper Humla, Nepal and draw attention of the local people, academia and the wildlife policy-makers towards conservation of wild yak in Nepal.
Algal Diversity, Growth and Herbivory by Invertebrate Grazers in Tropical Forest Streams: Can Riparian Buffers Mitigate the Impacts of Land use Change?This project will explore the communities of algae and aquatic invertebrate grazers in streams set in a landscape mosaic of forest and palm oil plantations. Better understanding of the impact that catchment and riparian land use has on these communities (and on the ecological functions they perform) will inform land managers and policy makers in this area.
Building Capacity in Amphibian Research in BhutanThe project mainly aims to build the capacity in amphibian research and conservation in Bhutan through field training, outreach programs and the workshops focusing on importance of amphibians in ecosystem, diseases, DNA sample collections and preservation. This will also identify the threats to the amphibians in the study area.
The Annamite Mountain Range: An Evolutionary Barrier for Herpetofauna? A Case Study in The Karst Forest of the Hin Nam No National Protected Area, Central LaosThis project aims to clarify evolutionary processes of species boundaries, biogeographical relationships, and habitat partitioning of amphibian and reptile species.