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Make a date with MNS! Activity: Public talk featuring local wildlife ecologist John Mathai on small carnivore research in Sarawak.

Photo courtesy of HOSCAP Borneo

Dear members, 

You are invited to a talk featuring local wildlife ecologist John Mathai on  small carnivore research in Sarawak.

Date: 18 July 2014 (Friday)
Time:  7.30pm
Venue: UCSI University, Kuching. 

The talk will cover the work of the Hose’s Civet and Small Carnivore Project, Borneo (HOSCAP Borneo), a research-based conservation project studying small mammalian carnivores (such as civets, mongooses, wild cats, and others) in a logging concession in the Upper Baram. 

The project has a particular interest in the rare and elusive Bornean endemic, the Hose’s Civet, a species often described as ‘one of the world’s least known carnivores’.

John is the lead researcher of HOSCAP Borneo and is affiliated as a Research Fellow with the Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation (IBEC), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). He holds Masters degrees in both Environmental Engineering and Conservation Biology and has spent the last 10 years working on conservation-related issues in Sarawak. 

John works closely with the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), serving as a member of the IUCN Small Carnivore Specialist Group, as a reviewer and Associate Editor for the IUCN scientific journal Small Carnivore Conservation and as an assessor for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 

His research interests include developing predictive models to understand the ecology and habitat use of small carnivores in response to logging and logging-related pressures.

Admission to talk is free. So bring along some friends. Just register with mnskuching@gmail.com See you there!


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