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So much to find out... so little time!!!

 

 

We finished the academic year in full flourish and will immediately head into the field as soon possible. Projects based in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand will be the focus of most of our work over the next few months ranging from sea level to the highest mountains in Borneo.

Our newest member of the lab, Sinlan (Sheila) Poo, has joined us from Taiwan.  She has contributed greatly to the lab and helped bring a much needed balance. 

David Bickford gave a talk at the latest CITES Conference of Parties in Doha, Qatar and made some inroads to protecting wild frogs harvested for the trade.  Daniel Ng passed his written Qualifying Examination and Samuel Howard passed his oral Qualifying Examination and both are progressing on their projects.  Honours students completed some excellent work on sticky frogs, pythons, and the animal trade in Singapore.  Our Postdoc, Jennifer Sheridan, continues to keep us all fat and happy with baked goods.

We will be taking a number of our recently graduated students, along with several volunteers from overseas, to assist with fieldwork. This will give them more hands-on experience with field work and allow us to improve their understanding of Southeast Asian amphibian and reptile communities, and the threats they face! Hopefully they will continue with their studies and go on to be the next generation of Southeast Asian conservationists and there is no better classroom than the forest!

Honours in the news!!

 

The Lab's second cohort of honours students have just completed and submitted their dissertations. An excellent and varied set of projects with some very interesting and (media) appealing results! We look forward to building on their successes in the future and applying their findings to improving conservation of amphibians and reptiles, both in Singapore and in the region.

 

Read more about their projects here:

Urban python diet

Frog breeding habitat enrichment

 

A new year dawns...

 

We all survived the summer break more or less intact and have dived straight back into University life. Projects based in Singapore have been progressing well and look like producing very promising results in the near future!

 

There were some interesting additions to the herpetofauna of Central Kalimantan documented and we added approximately 30 species to the exisiting faunal list for the region (give or take a few taxonomic uncertainties!). We also added some more information on the diet of B. kalimantanensis.

 

Being back in Singapore is good but we still miss the forest....

 

We have been joined by a new Post-Doc researcher in Jen Sheridan

Read all about her here

 

Summer Holidays?!

 

The 'summer' field season is now really upon us. Daniel and the undergraduate lab members are busy beginning their field based data collections in and around Singapore. Dr Bickford and Sam are taking the easy way out - heading to central Kalimantan (Borneo) for some follow-up 'lungless frog' work.

 

See you all when we get back (early August)- and more new lab members to be added come next semester!!!!

 

 

Eating frogs to extinction?

 

Is the harvest of wild frogs for commercial trade and consumption sustainable? What are the implications of this harvest on population survival? Read the latest article in Conservation Biology by Warkentin, Bickford, Sodhi and Bradshaw here.

 

Read more about the topic here

 

Thanks to Mark Auliya for the above photograph

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

 

The Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Laboratory opens its doors and the 'stray' lab members have moved in.

 

Having all spent some time in temporary enclosures during the refurbishment, it is nice to have a home and somewhere to store all those books and nasty chemicals!

 

More lab photos to follow, once we get properly set-up and it looks more like 'home'.......

Barboroula kalimantanensis:

 

"Lungless frog discovered on Borneo" the latest article by D. Bickford, D. Iskandar and A. Barlian

in the May issue of Current Biology online ahead of print HERE

 

Lungless Frog in the Press
Read news from all over HERE.

 


Habitat Loss Drives Amphibian Extinctions
Our article in PLOSOne has been featured in the New Scientist.