Research

Research

This is a sideline activity that complements the management activities on the ground. It is driven by the genuine interest in the biology of threatened species to improve management conditions in the wild and to understand the constraints imposed on survival in the wild. Moreover, it is motivated by the sheer desire to understand the functioning of a complex ecosystem in a tropical setting of an archipelago that ranks first in the world in terms of biodiversity per unit surface area.

This is a sideline activity that complements the management activities on the ground. It is driven by the genuine interest in the biology of threatened species to improve management conditions in the wild and to understand the constraints imposed on survival in the wild. Moreover, it is motivated by the sheer desire to understand the functioning of a complex ecosystem in a tropical setting of an archipelago that ranks first in the world in terms of biodiversity per unit surface area.

ObjectiveS:

Research is of two kinds:
a) Conservation related, i. e. applied research since conservation is a science of crisis.
b) Basic research.

a) Conservation related research: In a now concluded project, hornbills were monitored upon release by radio telemetry to find out how well they do in the wild as compared to conspecifics that have never been in captivity for any length of time. Another goal is to understand their role, and those of other fruit-eaters, in the seed dispersal of forest trees, 60% of which are dependent on animals for seed dispersal.
Another topic we pursue are invasive species like the Marine or Cane Toad (Rhinella marina), which have an unknown impact on the native soil fauna that badly needs to be studied, to quote just a few of the conservation related questions.

b) The curious naturalist encounters numerous problems along the way that await exploration in terms of ecology, evolution and systematics in a region in which still many vertebrates and even more invertebrates are not discovered, let alone be sufficiently known with regard to their biology to promote their preservation.

Our Acticities to achieve objectives:

To promote conservation, the biology of endangered species and their relationships within the ecosystem they inhabit must be known. On the other hand, we know enough about the species of conservation concern to do good conservation work, i.e. to adopt sound management policies removing threatened species from the brink of extinction.

Average duration and cost per project:

This depends on the species, on the scope of the problem at hand and – importantly – on a sustained and sufficient funding that must not curtail in any way the practical conservation work.