Research in my group focuses on applying molecular ecology to ensure resilience of tropical forest landscapes. We currently focus across three main research areas Borneo, Seychelles and Peru.

The island of Borneo is an amazing place. The forest of Borneo are extraordinary. The trees that create these forests are some of the most wonderful on earth.


Most of the forests of Borneo are lowland dipterocarp forest and this is where we like to spend our time, trying to understand how these trees reproduce and move their pollen and seeds around. We work in two major forest reserves in Borneo, Kabili Sepilok Virgin Jungle Reserve  and Danum Valley Conservation Area, both in Sabah. We also work on a range of the most threatened dipterocarps in Sabah in collaboration with colleagues at the Forest Research Centre,  Sabah Forest Department.

Collecting samples from the extraordinary Coco De Mer, Pralin in the Seychelles.

Other regions in which we have conducted some very cool studies on fragmentation genetics are the Western Ghats India, and Seychelles. See pictures and links to our papers on the publication page.

Currently, we are also applying population genetics and NGS approaches to advance our understanding of the reproductive ecology of the extraordinary Coco de Mer Lodoicea Maldives, pictured below. Working in collaboration with the Seychelles Island foundation this work will help to suport the sustainable management of the largest and most valuable seed in the world! You can find out more about Emma’s work here.


Working in Madre de Dios in Peru PhD student Fidel Chiriboga and Postdoc Merel Jansen are working on interdiciplinary projects linking a better understanding of the reproductive ecology of Brazil nuts with a sustainable supply chain from Peru to Switzerland. For more information visit our project web page