I am fascinated by the complexity of tropical forests and keen to contribute my skills towards conserving biodiversity and creating resilient ecosystems. As a PhD student I am currently researching the role of plant-pollinator networks in guiding restoration of forest ecosystem functions and services. The goal of my research is to identify necessary steps to guide development of more holistic restoration strategies that consider plant-pollinator networks in a priority habitat for ecological restoration: the peat-swamp forests of Central Kalimantan, Borneo. The project combines different approaches to understand and simulate how plant-pollinator networks in complex landscapes are affected by human disturbance and habitat restoration activities, and to help guide development of more effective restoration strategies that incorporate pollinator considerations.
Before starting my PhD at the University of Exeter, I did both my BSc and MSc degrees in Environmental Science at ETH, with a focus on tropical forest restoration for both my degree projects. I lived in Southeast Asia for 1.5 years where I conducted research on tree seed systems for forest restoration in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and India. During this time, I developed a wide range of skills from conducting sound scientific research, communication and writing, to bringing together perspectives from diverse cultures and backgrounds.