Peter Amick Konga
Hounours student based at University of Papua New Guinea and Binatang Research Centre in Madang, Papua New Guinea (currently about to start her Masters)
Research topic: Diversity of bats along elevational gradient of Mt.Wilhelm
Peter is using echolocators, mist-nets and harp-traps to survey bat diversity and abundance at 8 study sites along Mt.Wilhelm gradient (200, 700, 1200, 1700, 2200, 2700, 3200 and 3700 m). He started his Honours studies in January 2015. His previous research was focused on diversity of Papua New Guinean fish.
Will continue his masters on Diversity of bats in forest fragments in Papua New Guinea
Master student at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.
Research topic: Orientation of different insectivorous bird species when searching for food.
Anna is testing how different bird species are able to use volatile compounds as a clue when searching for herbivorous insect. Further she asks: “Does have nutrient supplementation to host plants indirect negative effect on plant-feeding herbivores via greater emission of attractive volatiles and stronger attraction of birds?” Both experiments are performed in Ceske Budejovice. Her previous research was focused on interspecific aggression between two European species of Treecreepers.
Bachelor student at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.
Research topic: Functional diversity of birds
Adela works on functional diversity of birds in pacific region. She works with literature data, collects data on island sizes and species lists for individual islands in the region.
Master student at the Hounours student based at University of Papua New Guinea and Binatang Research Centre in Madang, Papua New Guinea
Research topic: Diversity of birds in various habitats across Papua New Guinea
Bulisa will analyze data resulting from National Forest Inventory. He will be conducting several survey methods at many study sites across whole Papua New Guinea, and analyze the data with respect to forest quality, biomass, forest type etc.
PhD student based at University of Sussex, Great Britain (I am supervising externally)
Research topic: Frugivorous birds along elevational gradient of Mt. Wilhelm
Richard started his work in Papua New Guinea in Wanang Conservation Area on his Master thesis project. In 2016, he starter further work on New Guinea frugivorous birds, their feeding specialization and analyses of available food resources along elevational gradient of Mt. Wilhelm.
Master student based at University of York, worked on her thesis under my supervision in summer 2015.
Research topic: Effect of exclusion of birds and bats on insect communities
Lucia based her Master thesis on part on part of our Exclosure Experiment, which is currently running in Papua New Guinea. She was working on bird/bat exclosures at four elevational sites, in highlands and in lowlands.
Lucia successfully defended her thesis in autumn 2015, and continues her carrier as Project coordinator of SEED project in Madagascar.and part-time entomologist at National History Museum in London.