Meg Harris

Clean Meg

I am a second year PhD student at Cardiff University under the supervision of Dr. Benoît Goossens and Prof. Pete Kille. My research currently explores the influences of habitat fragmentation and agro-expansion on the spatial ecology, diet, and ecotoxicology of Bornean small carnivores. As the Assistant Scientific Officer of Danau Girang Field Centre, I am stationed in the middle of the jungle in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo for the majority of each year traipsing about after civets and otters. Whenever I’m not thigh-deep in mud and covered in mosquitos, I have the unique pleasure of visiting Cardiff during the winter for my lab work.

The expansion of the palm oil industry is a very real threat to the biodiversity persisting in increasingly fragmented and degraded forests in the Kinabatangan floodplain. By utilizing GPS collars, biological samples, and behavioural data, the project strives to discover how the carnivore guild is responding to anthropogenic pressures in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. Additionally, I hope to develop a noninvasive protocol for monitoring the presence and persistence of agro-chemicals and heavy metals throughout the landscape.