[Mindset Public Talk] Dr Benoit Goossens – wildlife habitat fragmentation in the Kinabatangan

It’s our pleasure to announce that Dr Benoit Goossens will be our guest for December’s Mindset Public Talk. Dr Benoit Goossens is the Director of the Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah and he will talk to us about ‘Wildlife responses to habitat fragmentation and degradation in the Kinabatangan landscape’. Dr Benoit and his team are doing outstanding wildlife research on species such as Bornean elephants, banteng, sun bear, clouded leopard, Malay civet, Sunda pangolin, and many others. This will be a good opportunity to compare wildlife conservation challenges and potential solutions in Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia. More details below and in the attached flyer.

This event is one of Mindset’s Public Talks – monthly events that are generally held on the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. These talks are aimed to a general audience including academics, government officers, NGOs, people from the relevant industries, and any person with an interest for environmental issues. We are looking forward to see you in this and future Mindset events.

Please do join us and share this information with others who might be interested.

Mindset Public Talk, December 2016

Title: Wildlife responses to habitat fragmentation and degradation in the Kinabatangan landscape
Guest Speaker: Dr Benoit Goossens
Date & time: Wed 7 Dec 2016, 6-7:30 pm
Venue: University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC), Level 2, Chulan Tower, No 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur (GPS: 3.149604, 101.716449)
Organizer: Mindset, UNMC Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental StudiesRSVP: Mon 5th Dec, Praveena.Chackrapani@nottingham.edu.my
Refreshments will be served after the talk
Transport from and back to UNMC will be provided for students who register before Fri 2nd Dec
[To avoid traffic hassle we encourage using public transport. The nearest stations to KLTC are Monorail’s Raja Chulan (11 min walking) and Bukit Bintang (13 min)]

About the Talk

Dr Benoit Goossens will present an overview of the current wildlife research undertaken in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, eastern Sabah, at the Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), that is contributing directly to species conservation and management. For the last eight years, students working at DGFC have been extremely active in developing research programmes on several flagship species including the Bornean elephant, the Bornean banteng, the sun bear, the clouded leopard, the Malay civet, the Sunda pangolin, the proboscis monkey, the slow loris and tarsier, the water monitor lizard, the estuarine crocodile and the reticulated python. A large array of innovative tools has been used, such as satellite collars, infra-red camera traps, conservation drone, land surveys and population genetics. I will review the results produced during the last eight years and highlight their direct contribution to wildlife conservation.

About the Speaker

Dr Benoît Goossens is the Director of the Danau Girang Field Centre in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, a research and training facility co-managed by Sabah Wildlife Department and Cardiff University. He is also a Lecturer at Cardiff University and he has more than 15 years of experience in the field of conservation genetics, having carried out projects on the population genetics of Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, and Bornean elephant in South-East Asia, giant and red pandas in China, chimpanzees and forest elephant in central Africa, black rhinoceros in Zimbabwe and Kenya. He has published more than 70 scientific papers. Dr Goossens holds a PhD in biology from University of Grenoble, France. His research interests are in conservation biology and the related fields of molecular ecology and behavioural ecology.

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