Basic information survey on Indonesian mammals in the Monash University
13th July,2006 - 27th July,2006
I have been doing research on biodiversity and conservation of large
mammals in the Sumatra island, Indonesia. Main goals of this study are to
explain current population status and its historical changes and also to
predict future population status relating with an impact by human
interference to the natural habitat. This study is related to the study
area of Prof. Ralph MacNally, Dep. of Biological Sciences, Monash
University, Australia. He is an expert studying about biodiversity,
habitat fragmentation, habitat loss and degradation of Indonesian fauna
and flora. He is also an expert on ecological information studies.
I arrived at Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne on 14 July 2006. On July
15th, I visited Professor MacNally at his office. He welcomed me to do
orientation at Monash University on that day. I had chances to visit
University Library, Museum and student organization and other facilities.
We started discussion about research activities and progress on the next
days meeting at Lab of Ecology, Biological Science and Center for
Biodiversity. I explained my ongoing study about mammal diversity in
Sumatra, Indonesia. He appreciated my work and discussed some points
concerning to the current issues and advanced studies on mammal diversity
and their habitat as well as characteristics of native human communities.
He introduced research methodology, equipment and facilities that he and
his student currently use. He introduced statistical model to predict
habitat and population changes relevant to my research goals. He
recommended some references, reading papers and books. His valuable
comments and suggestions are very helpful for me to achieve fruitful works
in Indonesia and to write a scientific paper. Professor MacNally also
introduced some ongoing researches of his graduate students, which are
closely related to my own study. We also discussed possibility to conduct
collaborative research in future. We exchanged information about
Indonesian mammals and the ongoing research.