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The effects of logging and forest disturbance on tropical river ecosystems

The effects of logging and forest disturbance on tropical river ecosystems

Supervisors: Dr Edgar Turner, Dr David Aldridge, Dr Sarah Luke

Project summary:

Based in the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project landscape in Sabah, Malaysia, this project will investigate the impacts of a recent wide-scale logging event on river margin and aquatic biodiversity and associated ecosystem processes. Uniquely, the project will draw on detailed historical data from the area, collected before the recent disturbance, to allow a before-after comparison. Results from the work will add substantially to existing knowledge of tropical riverine ecosystems, as well as provide results of real relevance to land management and rainforest restoration 


What the student will be doing:

The student will carry out surveys on a range of different aquatic taxa and environmental factors on rivers throughout the SAFE landscape. Lab work will include identification of insect specimens, with support from the Insect Ecology Group



Luke SH, Nainar A, Walsh RPD, Bidin K, Barclay H, Chey VK, Ewers RM, Foster WA,Pfeifer M7, Reynolds G, Turner EC, Aldridge DC (2017) The effects of catchment and riparian forest quality on stream environmental conditions across a tropical rainforest and oil palm landscape in Malaysian Borneo. Ecohydrology, 10: e1827.

 Luke SH, Dow RA, Butler S, Chey VK, Aldridge DC, Foster WA, Turner EC (2017) The impacts of habitat disturbance on adult and larval dragonflies (Odonata) in rainforest streams in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Freshwater Biology 62, 491–506.



This project is eligible for the Claire Barnes Studentship