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PhD student wins National Geographic grant

Laura Braunholtz won an Early Career Grant from the iconic organisation that publishes and broadcasts worldwide.

Laura is studying within The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. The grant will support her fieldwork abroad.

Her research project measures the biodiversity impact of roads in Southeast Asia rainforests.

Buying camera traps

She will use the grant to buy camera traps. These will watch medium/large mammals at increasing distances from roads in Brunei. Brunei is a sovereign state located on the north coast of Borneo.

To date, this type of fieldwork has mainly taken place in Europe and North America. In other parts of the world, information is currently lacking.

The project will gather much-needed information. It will show how rainforest species in tropical regions respond to roads. Laura will undertake fieldwork for the project later this year.

"Excited" about the grant

Laura said: “We could see major expansion of road networks in tropical regions of developing countries. To reduce the environmental impact associated, we need more research in this area.

"I’m really excited about receiving this grant. It will allow us to buy the camera traps for studying the elusive mammals of Brunei’s forests. They have been the subject of few studies so far.

"There should be some interesting results to come. The project will give us a greater understanding of the biodiversity of Brunei’s forests. It will show how roads are affecting them”.

Laura Braunholtz has won a prestigious National Geographic grant to aid her fieldwork in Brunei.
Laura Braunholtz has won a prestigious National Geographic grant to aid her fieldwork in Brunei.

published on: 4 June 2018