Thu, 24 Oct 2013, 3.00pm @ CR1: Grace Blackham on “Ecological degradation and recovery in tropical peatland ecosystem”

Grace
PhD Defense Seminar cum Oral Examination
Ecological degradation and recovery in the former Mega Rice Project tropical peatland ecosystem, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

Grace Blackham
Graduate Student
Dept. of Biological Sciences, NUS

Thu, 24 Oct 2013: 3.00pm
@ DBS Conference Room, S3 Level 5
Supervisor: Assoc Prof Webb, Edward Layman

All are welcome

Abstract:

“Forested tropical peatlands in Southeast Asia are being rapidly converted to agriculture or degraded into fire-prone non-forest vegetation. Although large areas have been abandoned, little is known about the natural regeneration ability of this ecosystem. To fill this knowledge gap, this study explored the natural regeneration potential of woody vegetation in an area of degraded tropical peatland by investigating how the current vegetation related to the impacts of forest clearance, fire and changes to the natural hydrology that caused the degradation. Other potential filters to recovery including seed dispersal and post-dispersal seed predation, were also examined.  This work was carried out in the former Mega Rice Project area in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.”

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