The restoration of Borneo's remaining rainforest is essential—but the science guiding and underpinning the practice of rainforest restoration is woefully incomplete.
The rainforests of Borneo are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. They are home to thousands of plant species, countless types of insect, a vast array of birds, and some of the world's most iconic and endangered mammals: the orangutan, Sumatran rhino, clouded leopard, and pygmy elephant. The rainforests not only support this biodiversity but also capture and store carbon, protect watersheds, support decomposition and nutrient cycling, and stabilize the soil. But rainforests are under constant threat from unsustainable logging practices, farming, and climate change.
This project studies how logging and land use change have impacted forests, and how resilient these rainforests are to the likely effects of climate change. As a volunteer, you'll trek deep into the heart of the tropical rainforest and, with a team of scientists and research assistants, assess the structure of the rainforest. You'll help determine how key plant and animal groups have been impacted by logging and fragmentation, and how this disturbance has affected soil moisture, decomposition, and soil erosion.
This information is critical if we are to find ways to conserve Borneo's remaining forests—and provide a strong scientific foundation for their restoration.