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LEAP: Landscape Ecology and Primatology (2014-ongoing)
Field Study in Asia
Web Site:
Location of Site: INDONESIA, Leuser Ecosystem Sumatra

Director: Amanda Korstjens with Ross Hill, Serge Wich, Matt Nowak
Talbot Campus, Poole BH12 5BB UNITED KINGDOM
Department: Life and Environmental Sciences
Institution: Bournemouth University

Sponsoring Institution(s): Bournemouth University, Liverpool John Moores University, Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme

Research Objectives: Deforestation, encroachment and climate change are causing wide-scale disturbance of tropical forests, impacting the carbon cycle and causing the extinction of forest-dependent species. LEAP investigates how tropical deforestation and degradation affect ecosystem stability, speciesâ survival, and carbon pools.

LEAP brings together a team of landscape ecologists, primatologists, biogeographers, and specialists in remote sensing, carbon stock assessment and forest inventory, led by Amanda H. Korstjens and Ross A. Hill with Serge Wich and Matt Nowak as co-founders.

Our aim is to develop methods for rapid assessment of forest structure and relate this to carbon stocks stored in tree biomass and habitat quality for keystone species.

Field Positions and Volunteers: Within LEAP we are always looking for MRes or dissertation project students who are able to go to the field for extended periods of time. We are especially keen to attract students to join us on a 1-year MRes (Masters by research) degree at Bournemouth University.
Please contact Amanda Korstjens or Ross Hill (see our university profiles for our contact details) directly if you are interested in joining LEAP for the MRes, a self-funded PhD, or to look for postdoctoral research funding together.
We can also take project students from other universities (with their own funding and long-fieldwork periods).

Species Studied: Hylobates lar (lar gibbon), Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque), Macaca nemestrina (pigtail macaque), Nycticebus coucang (slow loris), Pongo abelii (Sumatran orangutan), Presbytis thomasi (Thomas's langur), Symphalangus syndactylus syndactylus (Sumatran siamang)

Publications: Publications will appear on the website:

Comments: LEAP also includes research on chimpanzees with Alex Piel & Fiona Stewart and Sumatran Elephants.

Last Updated: 2017-01-15

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