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SMARTRI visitors

It has been great to have Anak Agung Ketut Aryawan, Resti Wahyuningsih, and Dedi Purnomo here in Southampton for a couple of days during their UK visit from SMARTRI, Indonesia. We managed to catchup with updates on BEFTA programme projects and the new trials and experiments they are running in the plantations in Sumatra. Lots of good discussion on oil palm; bait lamina; sorting insect sample efficiently; and why people need the value weeds. We also managed to fit in a talk from Lek on his resent field trip to Thailand – looking at freshwater communities on the forest-oil palm boundary, and an excursion to Chilworth Conservation Area to see some of the Southampton countryside and help Hannah Gunn, Biological Sciences student with some ant sampling.IMG_4375


Hannah, Resti, Dedi, and Agung in the woodland at Chilworth



Resetting the pitfall traps



Congratulations, to Frances Mullany, Georgina Hollands and Chloe Lewis on graduating this week with their MSci degrees. After defending their theses on fruit-feeding butterfly communities, leaf litter ant communities in Belize and Morlet’s Crocodiles in Guatemala earlier in the year. Here, Frances and Georgina celebrating with two other fellow MSci students Owen Middleton and Charles Wilson after final theses talks.

MSci Graduates 2017

2017 MSci Graduates post final thesis talks

GTOE 2017

It was great to finally get to the European Conference of Tropical Ecology (GTOE) this year. Along with members of the Cambridge BEFTA team (Ed Turner, Sarah Luke, Millie Hood and Julie Hirsch) we presented the recent results from the BEFTA understory manipulation experiment along with an initial look at the data coming from the replanting area across the Riau sites. A summary of the work cam be seen in the project website www.oilpalmbiodiversity.com.

The BEFTA crew were joined by Frances Mullany and Georgina Hollands – attending their first international conference. They presented a poster on their work from last summer, looking at the impacts of a hurricane Earl on butterfly and ant communities in Belize.

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