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[Mindset Public Talk] Dr Philip Johns – Citizen Science & Conservation

Dear friends and colleagues,

we are pleased to announce Dr Philip Johns, from Yale-NUS, as our guest for November’s Mindset Public Talk. In this talk about Citizen Science & Conservation, Dr Johns will present a case study of smooth otters in Singapore and the role of community and technology in generating useful data to study otters’ behavior. More details below.

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.

Mindset Public Talk, November 2016
Title: Citizen Science & Conservation
Guest Speaker: Dr Philip Johns
Date & time: Wed 16 Nov 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 Studies
RSVP: Wed 9 Nov, Praveena.Chackrapani@nottingham.edu.myRefreshments will be served after the talk
Transport from and back to UNMC will be provided for students who register before 9 Nov

[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

Smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) returned to Singapore a few years ago in response to improving water conditions. An extremely active group of enthusiasts has been following the otters almost daily. Technology and online conventions have grown to the point where people are collecting a large quantity of high quality behavioural data. This presentation discusses the Singapore otters as a case study in the role of community and technology in generating usable data — especially behavioural data — and presents preliminary behavioural analysis of the local otters. The presentation concludes discussing possible future directions of citizen science, including novel directions.

About the Speaker

Philip Johns is an assistant professor in Life Sciences at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. He has studied the social behaviour and evolution of various animals, including praying mantids, spiders, scorpions, termites, and a group of stalk-eyed flies that lives in SE Asia. He has studied the evolution and genetics of mate competition, mate choice, cooperation and altruism, and sexual cannibalism. When he moved to Singapore he became enamoured with the recently returned smooth-coated otters, and has been studying them ever since.

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[Mindset Public Talk] Dr Mathieu Guérin – the history of wildlife conservation in Malaysia

In September we are honored to host a talk by Dr Mathieu Guérin, historian from the National Institute of Eastern Languages and Civilizations, INALCO, in France. Dr Guérin is in Malaysia studying the early stages of the wildlife conservation movement in Malaysia (1930s~1970s). In this talk, Dr Guérin will provide an outsider view to the role of the Game Department (Perhilitan) and the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) in conservation. More details below.

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.

Mindset Public Talk, September 2016

Title: Pioneering Wildlife Conservation in Malaysia – a historian’s perspective
Guest Speaker: Dr Mathieu Guérin
Date & time: Wed 21 Sep 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 Studies
RSVP: Tue 13 Sep, 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 13 Sep
[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

Southeast Asia is praised for the importance of its biodiversity. While Flora and Fauna of the region are under strong pressure, mostly because of human activities, Malaysia has succeeded in maintaining an important forest cover and sustainable populations of endangered species including large mammals, such as tiger, elephants, or seladang. This achievement has been possible only thanks to a conservation apparatus in the country that was set up during British colonisation and that was developed and improved after Independence.

This talk will present the first findings of a historical research that looks into the early stages of Conservationism in Peninsular Malaysia. It focuses on two major actors of conservation in Malaysia since the 1930s-1940s: the Game Department, now known as Jabatan Perhilitan, and the Malayan Nature Society. It shows how a few British colonists, such as Theodore Hubback, have been very active in preserving Malaysian Forests and Wildlife, and how after Independence, especially in the 1960s and 1970s, the Malaysians have been able to take over the British and developed tools and means of wildlife conservation that are still used today.

About the Speaker

Dr. Mathieu Guérin is Maître de Conférences (Associate-Professor) at the National Institute of Eastern Languages and Civilisation (INALCO) in Paris, where he teaches History of Southeast Asia. He is a member of the Southeast Asia Centre (CASE), a research team under the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the INALCO and the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS). He currently conducts research on the social history of Cambodian rural societies and on wildlife-human conflicts in Southeast Asia. He authored or co-authored two books and a few dozens of papers mainly on the history of Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia. He is presently visiting scholar at the University of Nottingham Malaysian Campus (UNMC).

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