We have set up two new intensive monitoring plots in the magnificent forests at Danum Valley in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, as part of the GEM (Global Ecosystems Monitoring) network. A team composed of Terhi Riutta, Walter Huaraca Huasco and Malaysian research assistants Rostin Tien, Nani Suhaini and Rohit Kailoh and the wonderful guys from Danum Valley staff at the moment have been working up the installation.
The work is funded by the NERC BALI project (Biodiversity and Land Use Interactions) as part of NERC's Human Modified Tropical Forests Programme. The old-growth forests at Danum will be compared with our plots at the nearby SAFE project, at various stages of logging recovery or conversion to oil palm, as well as our plots in old-growth forests in the Maliau Basin and Lambir Hills National Parks.
Photos by Walter Huaraca Huasco.
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University