Fieldwork

 

My fieldwork is based primarily in Southeast Asia and I expect this will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future. Together with colleagues at the University of Kansas (Rafe Brown), McMaster University (Ben Evans), and top Indonesian scientists at the University of Indonesia (Drs. Jatna Supriatna and Noviar Andayani), the Bandung Institute of Technology (Dr. Djoko Iskandar), and the Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense (Mumpuni, Awal Riyanto, and Amir Hamidy), I have long-term programs focused on reptile and amphibian biodiversity sampling on Sulawesi and adjacent Islands of eastern Indonesia, and on Sumatra and adjacent islands such as the Mentawai Archipelago. Our team has been working for years in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia, and the samples collected on those trips, together with the samples we envision collecting via our Sulawesi project, will serve as the basis for large-scale biogeographical studies of Southeast Asia. Given my interest in the region and current funding, I am happy to have students participate in Southeast Asian field surveys and to develop associated research projects. However, such participation is by no means expected. If you do have a taste for remote field camps, don't mind being stranded by the occasional rampaging river, like sharing the deck of your overnight ferry with the odd water buffalo, and can run faster than a tiger, fieldwork in SE Asia might be for you!
On-board the rather small 24-hour ferry to Tanahjampeah Island (157 km south of Sulawesi) during our 2005 expedition
A fresh, deeply set (and unsettlingly large) tiger print that we stumbled across at Sungai Lembing, Malaysia in 2002