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.