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.