The Race Organisers are grateful to the following colleagues for their time and expertise to make the 5th International Bornean Frog Race an exciting and informative one!
Title: Photography and story as tools to change perceptions and inspire conservation action
Robin Moore PhD, Director of Communications, Global Wildlife Conservation
Dr. Robin Moore is an amphibian conservationist with the Amphibian Survival Alliance, a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and author of In Search of Lost Frogs: the quest to find the world's rarest amphibians. Since entering the jungles of West Africa at the tender age of 20 to study chameleons, Robin has dedicated himself to protecting, and engaging others in the protection of, amphibians and reptiles through campaigns and initiatives including the Search for Lost Frogs, Metamorphosis, and Frame of Mind. Robin will discuss how he has used photography and storytelling to engage a broad audience in the protection of these often maligned creatures.
Title: Leaping Forward into Nature Tourism with Bornean Frogs
Kelvin Kueh Boon Hee Lecturer/Researcher, Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Jalan UMS, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
I'm a field herpetologist (batrachologist), and I have a passion for frog natural history and ecology, particularly in Borneo. Also, I am working on the establishment of frogs as bioindicators for rapid and convenient assessment of environmental health, with my colleagues working on freshwater quality and aquatic insects. At the same time, I help tourism authorities at the Federal and State levels in training nature tourist guides, especially in biodiversity (specifically, Bornean frogs) and nature conservation. I have helped the tourism authorities in developing and conducting modules for the Localised Nature Guide Course (LNGC), Region Specific Tourist Guide (RSTG) Course, and Continuing Tourism Related Education (CTRE) Programme. I have collaborated with several local tour companies in Sabah to establish the 'Tabin Frog Camp' (Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Lahad Datu), and 'Bundu Tuhan Frog Camp' (Bundu Tuhan, Kundasang, Ranau). I have graduated two MSc candidates who have worked on nature tourism (one on wildlife tourism, the other on community-based tourism), on top of other MSc candidates, on amphibian ecology. I am currently the Chairperson for the UMS EcoCampus Tourism Committee under the auspices of UMS Chancellery.
Title: Frogs in a Water Cycle
Ramlah Binti Zainudin Doctor of Philosophy (UKM), MSc (Illinois) Bsc (Hons) U of Malaya ; Dean, Centre for Pre-University Studies/Department of Zoology ; Assoc.Prof , Centre for Pre-University Studies/Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
I have made a significant contribution to academia and the advancement of knowledge through more than 28 scientific publications in amphibian diversity, ecology and evolutionary biology. In my field of expertise, I have initiated and develop further interest in phylogenetic studies especially among the postgraduate students of UNIMAS and UKM as I have been actively involved in facilitating them with current DNA technologies and analyses. I was invited as a guest speaker on Bayesian Analysis workshop on Reconstruction of phylogenetic tree organized by UKM on 24 November 2008 and Jabatan Perikanan Terengganu in 2012. The highlight was my involvement as an organizer and speaker for Basic Computational Phylogenetic Analysis Workshop (Windows Platform) that was held in February 2010 for researches and postgraduate students of local university and institutes. I am currently in the process of enhancing my research on the disciplines of amphibian ecology (ecological guilds), behaviour (advertisement calls) molecular genetics such as DNA barcoding and also commercial uses of Bornean frogs such as bioskin and Animal Sound Barcoding. To underline my commitment, I have completed a book on `Croaks of the Bornean frog: The Hylarana of Sarawak' which include all of the above disciplines except for bioskin and sound barcoding. In addition I have was also one of the editors and authors of the book manual on `Basic Computational Phylogenetic Analysis (Windows platform)' to facilitate students on their phylogenetic analyses. In the administrative work, I was appointed as a program Coordinator for Animal Resource Science and Management in 2010 and Deputy Dean of Pre University till 2015 and currently as Dean of Pre University UNIMAS. My future plans also include promoting science to school children by a lifelong program of Learning Science is Fun Series and we have won bronze medal for this effort (Manual with science kits) in UNIMAS Research and Development Expo in April 2012. My recent involvement with school children (Upper Secondary) was with UNESCO in Kem Pemimpin Muda Prihatin Air in August 2015.
Frog Photography Talks and Workshops
Title: How to record frog calls: a bioacoustics workshop
Professor, Faculty of Science & Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research
Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong BE1410, Brunei Darussalam
Your tutor will be Dr Ulmar Grafe, Professor of Biology at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He has been trained at Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology and its Bioacoustics Research Program. He has recorded frogs widely especially in West Africa and Borneo. His recordings have been used by musicians and he is involved in developing fully automated acoustic species identifications.
About the talk
The vocalizations of frogs are widely used for identification and high quality sound recordings have become important for taxonomists, ecologists, and animal behaviorists alike. This workshop is an introduction to natural sound and learning how to listen and identify animal sounds. Participants will be introduced to recorders, microphones, and accessories and will have the opportunity to record frogs in the field. Recordings will be downloaded and participants will learn the basics of spectrographic analyses using the software Raven. Please bring your own recording equipment (most cameras have video and can be used to record sound!) and test your skills using the guidance given during the workshop.
Ch'ien C. Lee
Hailing from northern California, biologist Ch'ien Lee has made his home in Kuching for the past 19 years, having discovered an incurable fascination with Borneo’s rainforest. He has been engaged as a full time freelance wildlife photographer since 2003 and his images have been used by National Geographic, the BBC, and numerous local and international publications. Ch’ien travels widely across Southeast Asia for his work, and regards nature photography as a vital means of increasing awareness and thereby promoting conservation for the region’s astounding yet fragile biodiversity.
About the talk
This talk is intended for beginners as well as advanced camera and smart phone users who wish to improve their techniques, especially for the Race ahead. Ch’ien will provide examples of dos and dont's for field photographers, drawing from his rich experiences in photography in the rainforests of south-east Asia. Topics include ethics of macrophotography and techniques for photographing frogs
Title: DSLR Cameras- Hands-on
Hans Hazebroek is a geologist, natural history writer and wildlife photographer. He wrote and photographed 5 books about the protected areas of Sarawak and Sabah, including National Parks of Sarawak and Danum Valley, the Rainforest.
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About the workshop
This outdoor workshop will introduce a variety of techniques by Hans Hazebroek, one of the region’s finest natural history photographers, including preparing and using diffusers, changing perspectives to create outstanding images. Participants MUST bring their own DSLR camera.
Title: Introduction to Frog Art
Mohamad Faizuan Mat
Faizwan Mat was born in March 23rd, 1982 is a writer, artist and scholar. He graduated from UiTM Shah Alam with B.A Hons Degree in Fine Art. He furthers his MSc in Integrated Design Studies at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Currently, he worked for UNIMAS as a lecturer in Visual Art and Technology Department, Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts. In 2002, he began to practice as a painter. He attended several group exhibitions in Klang Valley and Sarawak. Now, he supported himself by writing art appreciation and criticism for major Malaysian art magazines.