Sabah World Rivers Day Conference & Exhibition 2017

LOMBOK researchers Eleanor Slade and Sarah Luke will present at the Sabah World Rivers Day conference in Kota Kinabalu where they will give a plenary session about the successful collaboration between scientists and policy makers in informing Sabah’s riparian guidelines.

Sabah State World River World Exhibition 2017

Date: 19 – 20 September 2017
Time: 8.00 AM – 5.30 PM
Location: CPS Magellan Sutera, Sutera Habour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Please click here for further information.

Part-time Data Manager required

Part-time Data Manager for NERC Human Modified Tropical Forests Programme
School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford
Grade 6: £27,629 – £32,958 p.a. (pro rata)
Applications are invited for a part-time (50% FTE) Data Manager position. The work will involve metadata compilation, data description and compilation and archiving of data from across the Human Modified Tropical Forests (HMTF) programme. The HMTF programme is a NERC-funded programme dedicated to exploring the interactions between forest modification and biodiversity and ecosystem function and involves a collaboration across UK Universities and Research Institutes involving research programmes BALI, LOMBOK and ECOFOR conducting research in specific landscapes in Brazil and Malaysia, with collaboration with partner organisations in those countries.

The position will primarily involve supporting the substantive need for data collation, description, organisation and archiving across this ambitious programme. The successful candidate will have a degree (or equivalent experience) with good organisational and data archiving skills and understanding of how to handle scientific and geographical data. You will need good collaboration and interaction skills and be able to deliver to key deadlines. Experience in database programming is not required, but ability to manipulate and handle existing databases is essential. An interest in ecological datasets and questions is also desirable.

This is a fixed-term post until 14 April 2019 in the first instance.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.  Please visit:

Job vacancy: Database Manager at the University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is currently recruiting for the important position of Database Manager for, which is the database we use to upload the results of the ECOFOR project.

For more information please contact Oliver Phillips ( or visit here.

Deadline for applications is January 6, 2017.

New NERC-funded PhD opportunity

The work is focused on tropical forest succession in the central Amazon and involves scaling up from plots to LiDAR and to satellite remote sensing.

The position will suit an enthusiastic PhD candidate willing to learn remote sensing, tropical ecology and statistical modelling simulations. As well as a NERC studentship, the successful applicant will be supported by resources from linked research projects, enabling a much broader set of data collection than would normally be possible in a PhD.

The successful applicant will develop skills allowing them to undertake numerical simulations and mapping of land-use processes; evaluate the recovery of secondary forest across the Brazilian Amazon; and produce innovative methodologies to combine remote sensing with forest plots.

Further information can be found here.

Dealine for applications is 6th January 2017.

ECR Workshop – Developing a research agenda to enhance the environmental sustainability of oil palm

A workshop for early career researchers

2-4 November 2016, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Deadline for applications – 10 September 2016

We are recruiting Malaysia- and UK-based early career researchers to participate in a workshop on oil palm sustainability, which will take place in Sabah in November. We are able to sponsor 30-40 places at the workshop thanks to generous funding from the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund. To apply, please visit our application form at The workshop will provide early career researchers working on oil palm sustainability issues with a unique and exciting opportunity to share expertise and grow their professional network. During the workshop, everyone will be able to present their research in the form of a poster or short oral presentation. Additionally, they will have the chance to interact with established researchers and oil palm industry stakeholders from the UK and Malaysia. A key focus of the workshop will be to identify key research priorities for oil palm sustainability and build the collaborative relationships to tackle them. Participants will therefore be selected on the basis of their research potential from information they supply in their application.

The 3-day workshop is being coordinated by the Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (ITBC-UMS) and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at University of Kent, UK (DICE-Kent). There will be contributions from other leading researchers from Oxford University and the South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP), as well as oil palm stakeholders in Malaysia.

Please visit our website (above) for further information including eligibility criteria. We look forward to receiving your application and seeing you in November!

Riparian stakeholder consultation

22 June 2016 – Knowledge exchange and stakeholder consultation meeting, Sabah Softwoods HQ, Tawau.

Hosted by LOMBOK researchers Matthew Struebig (DICE-Kent), Jake Bicknell (DICE-Kent), and Eleanor Slade (Oxford) in collaboration with SEARRP. We presented to 35 participants that included oil palm plantation managers and directors of Benta Wawasan and Sabah Softwoods, as well as other key stakeholders from Yayasan Sabah and Sabah Forest Department. The meeting had three aims:

  1. Present an update of LOMBOK research activities and address any questions arising. We focused on the soil emission, carbon stock and biodiversity components.
  2. Outline proposals to extend the programme to riparian sites. A key suggestion of applied interest to the plantation managers was to investigate the influence of buffer width as well as provisions for pest beetle species.
  3. Outline plans for spatial analyses and request input on policy scenarios and economic/ management data.


Riparian workshop

HMTF Studentships

We welcome applications for postgraduate studentships (MSc, PhD or postdoc) from suitably qualified candidates, supported by a supervisor at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

Funding for at least three postgraduate researchers is available as part of the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council Human Modified Tropical Forest Programme (HMTF), working in collaboration with the SAFE Project and SEARRP.  Applications will be received for MSc, PhD and postdoc positions.

Applicants are expected to propose a topic and a suitable student to undertake the research.  The award will be made to lecturers at UMS, but students will be expected to have a co-supervisor at a UK university or research institute.  Funding will include travel money to allow the student to spend time in the co-supervisors laboratory.

Applications should consist of the following documents:

  1. Completed HMTF PhD studentship form
  2. CV of the student
  3. Two academic references for the student

Individual lecturers are eligible to support a maximum of two applicants.

To apply, please send completed applications to Olivia Daniel ( before 29 May 2015.  Applications will be judged by a panel consisting of representatives from University Malaysia Sabah and the HMTF Programme.