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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Talk featuring Dr. Christopher M Stimpson from McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Dear member,

The Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch will be holding a talk featuring Dr. Christopher M Stimpson from McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge.

  • The talk will take place at UCSI University, Kuching on 4th July 2013 (Thursday) at 7.30pm. 
  • All are welcomed.

The speaker, Dr. Stimpson, is trained as a zoologist (BSc University of Leeds) and then specialised in palaeozoology (MSc University of York). He completed his PhD research on bird and bat bones recovered from the Great Cave of Niah (University of Cambridge).

His principal research areas are palaeoecology and the use of Quaternary-age palaeozoological data sets to inform on the effective management and conservation of extant populations of animals and birds. In addition to his research specialisms,  he has worked extensively as a field archaeologist in North Africa, Southeast Asia and central and Eastern Europe and he is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Abstract This talk will briefly discuss the principals and practice of 
palaeozoology (in this case, "why bother to identify and analyse thousands 
of bones?") before moving on to describe a case study from the Great Cave 
of Niah. It will present results from an analysis of thousands of bones of 
bird and bat taxa and describe the insights that they provide into the 
ecology of the cave and wider landscape in the Niah area. It will conclude 
with a discussion of the wider implications of research findings for 
biodiversity in limestone cave areas in Sarawak.
Love Life, Love Nature. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Dear Member,

We are pleased to inform you that the 18th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Malaysian Nature Society - Kuching Branch will be held at:

Venue: Permai Rainforest Resort, Santubong.
Date:  6 July 2013 (Saturday)
Time:   1pm to 3pm

Agenda for the 18th Annual General Meeting
Chairman's welcome address
Review of the minutes of the 17th Annual General Meeting and matters arising
Report from the Chairman & proposed five-year plan
Report from the Secretary
Report from the Treasurer
Any other matters which have been brought to the attention of the Secretary of the Kuching Branch, in writing, at least one week before the Annual General Meeting
Election of the Office Bearers for the year 2013/2014
Election of the Internal Auditor

NOTE: Only fully paid-members are eligible to stand for Office and to vote. Please remember to renew your subscriptions. You may choose to do so immediately before the start of the AGM.
The AGM documents will be sent out to all members by email no later than one week before the AGM. In order to reduce the amount of paper used, we request that you bring these copies with you for the AGM.
The AGM will be followed by tea and then a recce to Permai Rainforest Resort's Blue Trail from 3pm onwards.
Thank you.

Zora Chan
Secretary, MNSKB 2012/2013
19 June 2013