Poop and Packing, Packing and Poop

It’s been a while since I’ve updated and now things are finally happening! I have been awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct my field research on Sumatran tiger habitat and genetic connectivity. Thanks to other funders as well, such as IdeaWild and the Philadelphia Zoo, I can finally begin my preparations for my mid-October departure…

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Masih menunggu (Still waiting)

Remember that ‘bureau-crazy’ I mentioned in an earlier post? Well, it’s delayed the research schedule a bit, but I am finally now in Pekanbaru (the capital of Riau, Province), after three weeks in Jakarta waiting on permits. Jakarta was not as bad as many had warned me in the past. I had nice accommodations and…

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Field Trip 1

In March, we went to Tesso Nilo National Park. Most of the park’s natural forests have given way to acacia and oil palm plantation, most of which are illegal. We surveyed in acacia plantations boarding the park; there is conflict between settlers and the government around the oil palm plantations within the park, so those…

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Mengapa tidak turun ke lapangan?

Researcher Erin Poor explains her perspective on women in the field and in conservation in Riau, Sumatra. Scroll down for English. Saya adalah perempuan. Saya adalah peneliti. Saya adalah mahasiswa. Saya adalah anak, tante, saudara, teman, pelajar, pelari. Saya punya banyak peran. Tetapi, disini saya biasanya satu saja: perempuan. Tetapi, peran ini biasanya tidak cocok dengan…

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Burning Bright: A Tiger Researcher’s Experiences and Observations During the Recent Indonesian Fire and Haze Crisis

What Is Haze? Have you ever walked next to a campfire right when the winds shift slightly and inhaled a big whiff of smoke? That is what living in Sumatra was like during September and October 2015. Granted, fire is a constant presence in Indonesia, but during these two months every year, and particularly during…

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