Counting (on) snails and tigers for conservation

Title: Counting (on) snails and tigers for conservation
Name of speaker: Reuben Clements Gopalasamy
Venue: Seminar Room 3, S2 02-06
Date: 19th September 2008
Time: 10am to 11am
Host: Dr. Matthew Lim

ABSTRACT
How does one count snails and tigers in ecology? How can we “count on” snails and tigers to make a case for the conservation of forest habitats? During this hour, I’ll take you on virtual journey to far-flung limestone karsts that are home to some of Earth’s most bizarre-looking landsnails. I’ll also bring you to one of Earth’s priority tiger conservation landscapes where the chances of getting eaten alive by a tiger are much slimmer than driving off a precipitous cliff! Of course, there’s a dose of science admist the pretty pictures and videos. From snails to tigers, there’s something for invertebrate and vertebrate lovers out there!

Background of speaker
Formerly a graduate student under Prof Peter Ng and Prof Navjot Sodhi, Reuben Clements currently works for the World Wide Fund for Nature – Malaysia, where he manages the Malayan tiger and Sumatran rhinoceros conservation programmes in Peninsular Malaysia. In his spare time, he still dabbles in research on the taxonomy, behaviour, and ecology of tropical molluscs.

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