June 26, 2012 The members of this project participated in BRC (Borneo Research Council) Conference at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) in Borneo and held a special panel session. At the session we could have many positive feedback from the participants. Among others, we were pleased to get acquainted with the researchers from universities overseas. A member of the Australian National University gave us a frank observation to our presentation which encouraged us a lot. We were fortunate to have an opportunity to share our opinions with a research group who had a presentation called “Political Ecology of the Kapuas River” comprising a group of researchers of Universität Bonn and Universität […]
Cross-Disciplinary Research Workshop Date：May 9（Wed.）15：00～17：00 Speaker： Miyako Koizumi Commentator： Hiromitsu Samejima At：Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Kyoto Univ. First Floor of East Build. Conference Room（subject to change） Ms. Koizumi will report on her plant biodiversity survey at Anap-Muput, Malaysia. Mr. Koizumi will report on the methodology, procedures, analysis and identification technique of the plants. Ms. Koizumi will illustrate her study in an easy-to-understand manner for researchers of different fields. Mr. Samejima will make a supplementary statement and explain how does he follow the study of Ms. Koizumi and tell us the current status of the study.
Report on the Preliminary Research in Sarawak, Malaysia Motoko Fujita（CSEAS, Kyoto University） Among the information I collected during this field trip, I discovered two facts about swiftlets that were particularly fascinating. One concerns the ecology of the bird and the other concerns human interaction with swiftlets that I witnessed during my stay. Two species of swiftlet produce edible birds’ nests, which is known as Chinese delicacy: the Edible-nest Swiftlet (Aerodramus fuciphagus hereinafter referred as to A.fuciphagus) and the Black-nest Swiftlet （Aerodramus maximus, hereinafter referred as to A.maximus）In general, A.fuciphagus lives close to coastlines and dwells in bird farm houses*, in which people try to attract birds to make nests. A.maximus […]
Characteristics of our research region For our project we selected areas along the Kemena and Tatau rivers in the Bintulu district of Sarawak, Malaysia. In these areas, we can observe natural forests, logged forests, secondary forests, shifting cultivation fields, and pepper fields all of which are common in many regions of Sarawak. But our research regions have, in addition to that, large-scale oil palm plantations and planted forests of acacia. Today, oil palm is largely cultivated among the small farmers in this area. This region provides a wide variety of vegetation on a watershed scale and it is truly remarkable from the aspect of landscape ecology. This region’s heterogeneous landscape […]
Jason Hon, one of our project member has been working in Sarawak. His latest research outcome, the sighting of a rare animal made a big headline in a local newspaper. Please click here to jump to the page.