Last week Sam and Ryan visited the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo. SAFE is an ongoing large-scale experiment examining the effects of forest fragmentation on ecosystems.
Large areas of forest in Borneo have been converted to oil palm plantation in recent decades. Researchers at SAFE are making use of planned deforestation and oil palm planting in eastern Sabah to study the effects on biodiversity and ecosystem processes within remnant forest fragments. These fragments are protected and used as experimental sites for multiple research projects. We spent a few days with the researchers at the camp, visiting some of the fragments and hearing about the experiments the researchers there are undertaking.