PhD student wins ecosystem grant for international research

12 December 2014

PhD candidate Kibria Abu will be heading for Cambodia in mid-January to conduct fieldwork research, after he received a 5,000 pound grant for his research in biodiversity conservation.

Kibria, whose study will aim to estimate the value of ecosystem services, such as the contribution that ecotourists make to the region’s forest and population, said receiving the grant was a great honour for him.

“This kind of recognition is always encouraging to the young researchers like us,” he said.

Kibria is a PhD student in biological anthropology in The School of Archaeology and Anthropology.

He was awarded the grant from the Rufford Conservation Trust for preliminary work on ecosystem services in the Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation Area in Cambodia, which is home to many endangered primate and bird species.

“It will give me the security to focus on generating the output needed from my research without the pressure of thinking about funding.

“I am grateful to my incredibly supportive supervisory panel as well as all well-wishers.”

Kibria leaves for Cambodia on 14 January, and will spend a period of 12 months there doing fieldwork.