Capacity building

Conservation research and capacity-building are not happening where  they are most needed: the world’s most biodiverse countries. Teaching and building scientific capacity are at the core of my work, and  every year, I strive to contribute to training the next generation of tropical biologists: 

CAPACITY BUILDING


2017 COLOMBIA


Long-term monitoring of superpáramo vegetation


Training of National park rangers of the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy National Park to establish long-term monitoring plots at 4300m to study the effects of climate change in the superpáramo vegetation.


Collaborators


Netherlands (University of Amsterdam)

Prof. Antoine Cleef

Dr. Guido van Reenen


Switzerland (University of Zurich)

Ingrid Olivares

2016 INDONESIA


Permanent Forest Plots


Training of 20 staff/students of West Papuan institutions to establish a 1-ha permanent forest plot in West Papua to monitor forest dynamics.


Collaborators


Indonesia (Universitas Papua Manokwari)

Prof. Charlie Heatubun

Jimmy Wanma

2016 SINGAPORE


Tropical Plant Identification course

Training of 20 regional conservation experts from Laos, Vietnam, Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to identify 90 plant families at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.


Collaborators


United Kingdom (RBG Kew)

Dr. Tim Utteridge

Dr. Gemma Bramley

Alison Moore

Laura Pearce

Lesley Walsingham


See course highlights here: https://www.sbg.org.sg/media/k2/attachments/2017_Feb_GardenWise_Vol_48.pdf

Singapore (Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Dr. David Middleton

Dr. Nura Abdul Karim

2015 THAILAND


Scratchpads for the Flora of Thailand

Training of 60 taxonomists from Thailand and Laos in Scratchpads (http://scratchpads.eu) to mainsteam taxonomic knowledge for the Flora of Thailand project.


Collaborators


Denmark (Aarhus University)

Prof. Henrik Balslev


Thailand


  Khon Kaen University

  Prof. Pranom Chantaranothai

. Dr. Pimwadee Pornpongrungrueng


  Chiang Mai University

  Dr. Angkana Inta


  Bangkok Forest Herbarium

  Prof. Kongkanda Chayamarit



Scratchpads created: http://floraofthailand.myspecies.info

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