Wednesday, December 12, 2007
just a quick post. There's an article being featured on BBC news at 10, BBC World and BBC 24 about Danum Valley (10th Dec). It was being aired in Malaysia BBC World Channel at 5pm last monday and a longer footage on afternoon news yesterday. Deforestation, logging, rainforests, canopies, global warming and climate change was the main discussion. There's a snippet of me being interviewed while working on top of the tree as well. :D
this is the link to the video Video.
and link to the article
Timber today or climate tomorrow.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
-estimated 75-150 in the wild.
-endemic to the Yangtze
-Declined from 500 in 20 years
-no captive population
-hard to find/assess
-10% of the world's human population lives on the banks of the Yangtze
-pollution from factories
-collision with boat propellers
-hard to locate
-100 km impounded stretch of th river where fishing would be banned and pollution from the banks controlled
-a 25 km oxbow lake with nets at each end
-captive breeding including 3 pools and a 1 km artificial river has been constructed.
erm...Any other solution??
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
just to let everybody know that Ms. Milena Salgado-Lynn, a PhD candidate from Cardiff University is here with us for the next few years. Shes going to work in Kinabatangan on primates genetics. If you are anywhere near the CPS BORNEO office, please drop by and said hi.. she very nice and friendly.
Also, I would like to wish 'Selamat Hari Raya and maaf zahir batin' to everybody.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
I received some updates from our friends in KL-based unis on the questions of how outsiders had access to specimens from Malaysia.
One of them is like so:
Provide some huge fund.
Use local vendors to buy specimens from locals.
Vendors collect specimens and pay locals.
After some times of accumulation, guys or their worms enter Malaysia using tourist visa.
They acquire the specimens and quickly fly back as quickly as quick tourist will be and...
People would think it will be difficult for midgets to get things out from Malaysia - because the checks at airports are sooooo intimidating. Believe you me, the real problem is actually to collect the bloody specimens.
Just a note to you guys, be a little more vigilant - for all you know, the specimens they are getting are of your own interests.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
we just received about 600 butterflies specimens from Japan, which were arrived here in kk this morning (4th September - 2.00 am at KKIA).. thank to bak and pak zainal coz willing to help me to pick up the specimens.
to butteflies people... cantikkk tau tak percaya tanya fairus..kan fairus?
Monday, August 27, 2007
The bambangan, Mangifera pajang was described by Kosterm in 1849 (previously M. odorata). I have never seen the tree but have certainly seen the fruit. It is now in season. Last time I checked out in Putra Jaya (Telipok), the larger fruit was RM1.50 per fruit and it was large. Bought 2 fruits.
Resepi Jeruk Bambangan
Buka kulit dia. Ko buli jaruk dia sama-sama kulit atau buka kulit juga. Buli main tarik atau main hiris macam kita kupas kulit mangga. Kalau main tarik, kita buat garisan membujur, kemudian tarik tu kulit macam kita buka kulit pisang.
Kemudian hiris isi dia ikut kemahuan kita naaanti bila mau makan tu jaruk. Kalau mau jual, buat nipis-nipis siikit dan jangan buka kulit main tarik. Biar main hiris saja supaya banyak dapat tu jaruk.
Kemudian balah biji dia. Jangan pandai-pandai cuba buka macam kita buka biji mangga sebab biji bambangan ni padat, tiada ruang kosong di celak perikarp biji tu. Balah saja pakai parang basar. Kemudian parut dia punya biji.
Kemudian, ya puan2, tabur garam dan tabur biji yang sudah diparut itu dan gaul. Kalau kita tinggi darah, simpanlah garam tu banyak-banyak, baru kita tau dia punya pukulan.
Simpanlah sampai dia jadi jaruk dan makanlah. Tiada polis mau tangkap.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
These picture of spider was taken in Danum back in December 2006.
I think this spider is very cool though I dont know what species it is.
It stood up on people and prepared to fight!!! Danum Mike found it inside his Adidas kampung just before wearing it to go to work in the morning, we (me & Fiffy) rushed to get good pics.. :D
Sorry that the image is in low resolution, saving uploading time... ;)
Monday, August 13, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
sorry that my first ever post is something so menial.
Does anybody knows what happen to our fogger? Is it still usable?
and also to Dr. Bak, do you happen to know where can I get the chemical for the fogger?
I'm going back soon (september) and will start fieldwork immediately.
p/s: I gave a talk to my research group last friday. It went very well.. :)
Friday, July 20, 2007
I'm posting not to let the blog go to sleep! Some of us (Fairus, Benoit and I) might go crocking soon, collecting tissue samples from croc babies. I think there'll be no harm if we take one or two as specimens before they get to be real crocodiles.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Today, I can get into blogger.com but I couldn't go to BV - funny, eh?
VC and ITBC Director visited Danau Girang during the weekend. They spent about 2 hours there. For those who are unfamiliar (I don't know if you have visited this place, I suppose some of you guys did during the Kinabatangan Expedition some years ago), DG is about 30 minutes boat ride downstream from Batu Putih (Kinabatangan Bridge). The facility (probably to be called Danau Girang Field Centre) was built about 10 years ago and UMS is expected to sign a tri-partied MOU to run the centre with SWD and Cardiff Uni. That will be one of our field stations. You may now think about projects to be done there and the centre is expected to operate under the MOU from middle of next year. Think about it - Kinabatangan is the longest river in Sabah.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Well, I think it is interesting for Bornensis, whatever there are in that bloody swamp. Let it boggle your heads for a bit, may be something will work out later.
For the Botanists, I have just read a report by Susan Page of Manchester Uni about the information gaps on peat swamps. There's a huge gap on anything botany from peat swamps. The one and only peat swamp that has been well studied (which is not very well studied) is from North Selangor. Anybody fancy studying Pandanus from peat swamp? also, palms should also be an intersting one.
For guys who are doing small mammals, fish and herps, I think we already know what we will be doing if we ever get to step into those swamps, mozzy or not.
Now in Kedah, pekena a little bit of "nasi kander" - harga memang suda nai-la abangg...
Friday, June 1, 2007
These are the species of frogs collected in Klias recently (Thanks, Ahmad!)
- Nyctixalus pictus (1)
- Polypedates leucomystax (2)
- P. colletti (3)
- Rana baramica (12)
- R. chalconota (6)
- Limnonectes paramacrodon (4)
There were at least 3 other species (from calls) that we failed to catch on that visit. We'll see if we can grab them in multiple visits some us have planned throughout this year and early next year.
Ahmad, the rough-sided frog and the "thing" that had the bufonid call at check-point 3 need attention (we have not been in the swamp if we come back without the rough-sided frog!). A smaller one, which has a reddish color, Bufo quadriporcatus should also be there. I got loads of them in 1990 at Kpg Lumat, Beaufort.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Amid at BV
I wish you Kotobian Tadau Tagayo do Kaamatan and happy holidays. Just be careful on the road, the rice brew may just turn on a lot of things. See you guys again when we all come back.
p/s We might face a little bit of delay if we wanted to key in data into the musebase - you can see the problem posted by Azrie at the institute. But that doesn't stop us from actually preparing the specime and the data form. Students who are staying back are eager to do this for Borneensis (well, the frog and the fish groups are, at least!).
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Some of our students who did fieldwork in Tawau and Klias recently are working in the Process room this week. Some guys from the fish group are staying back for the whole break (which is good, since they're planning to go to the field this coming month - thesis). Thanks to you Peth for allowing them to work there.
I noticed that there are too many furniture that are not suppose to be in there - 2 exam tables, 3-4 arm-chairs that are suppose to be at the pantry, some boxes. I've asked Agos (and probably Ehsan, who heard me and maybe decided to help Agos :) ) to remove them and do a little bit of cleaning on the sink.
Because we are working with alcohol and formalin, it seems the air circulation in the room is not that good. May be we need to install an exhaust fan later - now I asked the students to open door and window when working. Also, because we do a little bit of cleaning for the bottles and vials in the room, the sink seems to be too small (and it makes you angry!). Peth, we need to talk about this with other borneensis guys sometimes.
OK, have a nice day.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Whether this happened here, Lembah In-Situ or Tabin, it didn't really matter. You make news, that's for sure. And if you made the choice, you're a specimen.
It pays to know if you were hypersensitive to anything, stings or not. It also pays if your friends you have in that situation knew how to do tracheostmy - and you do not like how this is done. If this is not for saving life, it is pretty close to slaughtering a chicken.
Now, let's take some precautions:
a) Know yourself a little bit more, try to remember if you have been told by your doctor about hypersensitivity.
b) Take your medicine
c) Check your first-aid kit BEFORE going into the forest (mine was not checked, and apparently anti-histamine and piriton tablets were ot replaced)
d) Don't make this post stops you from contributing for borneensis.
I was THAT (about 5 minutes) close!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Kalsum's determination is hard to imagine, guys. I love this girl!
Thursday, April 5, 2007
(Now in Tawau - I feel sooo close to Tawau Hills, and the would-be specimens!). I guess that the switch is still not swithed yet.
On Borneensis, as I said in the meeting, I think the herps need to be reviewed. By this, I suggest that Ahmad, Kelv and I should sometimes make some time so that we can go to the wet collection room and have a look. I noticed:
a) Some specimens bottles contain more than one species. somehow, I think, we put them in the bottles according to species.
b) I think, also, we need to set aside some of the specimens that are not identifiable at the moment. By this I mean, there are some species that are labelled as one species when they should rightly labelled as another.
c) about specimen tag numbers: I don't think we have an alternative between not having them and that they are expensive. the only way to reduce the price would be to order a long running numbers. the one that we ordered (I think in 1996, before the first expedition to maliau) ran out about now - and took us about 10 years. Do you think we will be collecting slower in this coming 10 years?
Friday, March 30, 2007
The Borneensis brochure in english is now available on desktop at the computer next to the printer. I have not been able to send it via email (using mozilla firefox - but if I send something to a group, it resets, and upsets me).
So, if you pop in and use that comp, just to the brochure and probably copy it and edit it in your room. Let's hope the internet will come back quickly.
I have sent the first round of invitation yesterday and some rainbowstar is now included. I've sent some more invitation today and now I have sent a total of 23 open invitations, staff and students. If you have received this one, please respond so that the next time you visit the blog, you can start giving comments AND send posts. Also, immidiately after you respond to the invitation, you are able to comment and post.
*Dato NBM, Dennis Lau, RainbowStar, Datin Glenda and I talked over breakfast about getting "specimens" of bioacustics, or more specifically, frog calls (or any organism that calls for that matter). So Dennis was talking about one sound recorder (digital) that will stop after you record the same sound several time because it confirms to the copyright regulations (understandable if you're recording songs, commercially). Problem with frog calls is, the copyright goes to the frog!
Please note that Dr Jedol, Dr. Ho Chong Mun and Datuk VC have now joined the Sound and Vibration Research Group based at SST, headed by PM Dr. Jedol who received the FRGS on this one. Azman (Cicada hunter) has discussed with Dr Jed about his project and his intentions - probably in the end, to produce cicada-detector just as a bat detector does (ANABAT(R) is now a commercial brand). We welcome suggestions from BorneensisValley. Friends who work with vocal organisms, please feel free to discuss (Sorry, Dr. Mon, I wish mosses talked).
*If you fancy "new species", go watch channel 24 Astro, a series called Mon-Colle Knights. New species always turn up and I don't think the story will ever end, so long as human being keeps on reproducing.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
It is a little frustrating to learn that what we have with the internet failure is actually a switch failure. I called UMTP that they are going to replace the switch and is will take a little it of time.
I wonder if BORNEENSIS will have a space in the compactor to keep the switch specimen once it is taken off the wall.
Amid (I know this has nothing to do with BORNEENSIS - or hasn't it?)
Thursday, March 22, 2007
You will find the brochure draft in your emails - please take a look and read and give input and reply "to all".
Following our discussion in the recent BORNEENSIS meeting, here’s the blog that we will all be using to communicate any comment, idea, argument, photos, discussion or anything is borneensisly related. The general aim of this blog is to let us “meet” and “talk” about BORNEENSIS, likely to be very short and light communications. These meetings and talks may later develop into more serious discussions up to some point when we will consider them to become written works worth publishing in the newsletter – the ultimate aim.
Let’s use Bahasa Malaysia and/or English.
For that matter, I am inviting everybody to also extend this spirit of discussion to all of our students. You can either invite them personally (by giving them the link), or just leave their emails here or via emails to me. I’ll invite them. (The info I shared with you on the murdered elephants came from our student, Farina and our SOS Rhino staff, Angel).
I will not be leading (nor will I be able to advice) the issues that any of you feel are important to be brought here. Therefore, everybody is free to give ideas and comments. But, somebody has to “own” this blog. If you don’t mind, let me be the owner for the time being.
I have, for no special reason, named this blog as BORNEENSIS VALLEY. I don’t really believe by changing the name (or otherwise) would change the reasons why we wanted to have this blog. What do you think?
OK, guys. I wish you Happy Blogging.