Bachelor’s degree (1993); Dept: Biology, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
Major Field: Plant Ecology
Ph.D degree (2002); Dept: Research School of Biological Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra
Major Field: Land-use & Ecological Modeling
I am interested in the field of forest ecology, landscape ecology, human ecology, management and conservation of tropical bioresources and environment using various approaches including field survey, computer simulation and remote sensing-based analysis.
During my Ph.D study, I developed a computer simulation (KantuSim) to study the impacts of land-use decision-making by swidden farmers in West Kalimantan on the landscape and welfare of the community. Since 2004, I have been conducting research in various ecological and socio-economical aspects on Mount of Papandayan including assessment of plant and bird diversity, spatial and temporal distribution of deforestation, identification of driving forces of deforestation, secondary succession following natural and human-induced disturbances. To study long-term dynamics of mountain forests, we have recently established one-hectares permanent plots at Mount Papandayan and Mount Rinjani, both at around 2,000 m asl.
Another major area of research is forest and climate change. In this area, I have been conducting field assessments of carbon stock in various land-use / cover in West Java, simulation to assess carbon sequestration in reforestation settings, developing an allometric equation and a remote-sensing-based model to estimate carbon stock at landscape level.
Environmental Science; General Biology II; Fundamental Biology; Ecology; Landscape Ecology; Ecology Project; Ethnobiology; Human Ecology; Ecology of Mining; Biology for Engineers; Forest Restoration; Ecological Systems Thermodynamics; Tropical Forest Ecology.