John Mathai – IBEC Research Fellow & HOSCAP Borneo Project Leader
M. AppSc Conservation Biology (Queensland, Australia)
M. Tech Environmental Engineering (Karnataka, India)
I am interested in the conservation and ecology of rare and threatened small carnivores in the Bornean rainforest, with particular reference to their adaptability to logging and logging-related pressures. Over the last 10 years, I have used different field monitoring and data analysis techniques to monitor the effects of logging on wildlife in Sarawak. I joined IBEC as a Research Fellow in 2012 and am now working on developing predictive models to understand the ecology and habitat use of small carnivores in a logging concession in Sarawak with particular focus on the Bornean endemic Hose’s Civet. I serve as a member of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Small Carnivore Specialist Group, as a reviewer and Associate Editor for the journal Small Carnivore Conservation and as an assessor for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Since April 2015, I have been working towards my doctorate under a scholarship with the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) Berlin, Germany.
Nicholas Ong – Researcher
Diploma in Forestry (Sarawak, Malaysia)
I have been passionate about nature and wildlife conservation from a young age. I have a particular affinity towards reptiles and am an experienced snake handler. After gaining my Diploma, I successfully completed forestry attachments with Semenggoh Nature Reserve and Wildlife Centre and Matang Wildlife Centre. With HOSCAP Borneo, I am doing what I enjoy most and what I have always wanted to do – field research in remote mountainous forests for extended periods of time. I also hope to gain a better understanding of field monitoring techniques and how such techniques are used to obtain the information necessary to study the ecology and distribution of Bornean small carnivores.
Lucy Buckingham – Researcher
MSc Tropical Coastal Management (UK)
My interest in wildlife conservation and behavioural ecology has led me to study animals in their natural habitat in a variety of countries. To date, I have conducted research on a range of species (including mink, otter, water vole, dolphins and whales, seals, sea turtles, monkeys and frogs) for organisations such as the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Sea Watch Foundation, Cetacean Ecology and Acoustic Laboratory, Global Vision International, Endangered Species International and the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems. I joined the Small Carnivore Research Group in May 2012 as a volunteer on the Hose’s Civet and Small Carnivore Project, Borneo and have since taken on the role of a Researcher. Through my work with HOSCAP Borneo, I hope to gain an understanding of population genetics within small carnivore communities.