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Dr Sarah Luke

Dr Sarah Luke

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Zoology

Office Phone: 01223 765409

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I am interested in the effects of habitat change on biodiversity and ecosystem functions, and development of possible strategies for conservation.

My current research focuses on strategies for striking a balance between production and conservation in oil palm-dominated landscapes. I am involved in ongoing projects based in Sabah, Malaysia and in Sumatra, Indonesia, to test the value of understory vegetation, riparian buffer strips of different widths, and riparian buffer strip restoration for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem function as well as potential impacts on yield.

Given the known impacts of oil palm plantations on biodiversity, and projected expansion of oil palm plantations in the coming decades, a need for more sustainable management and habitat restoration is becoming an increasingly important component of food security considerations.

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