Topic: Factors affecting waterbirds’ abundance, diversity and richness in Bung Boraphet Marsh, Central Thailand

Presenter: Mr. Rehan Ul Haq (NRM)
Moderator: Ms. Fatemeh Safaripaskiaby (GDS)

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time: 15:00-16:00 hrs.
Venue: S201 (NRM Workshop Room)

Presenter: Mr. Rehan Ul Haq (NRM)

The Department of Development and Sustainability (DDS)/SERD organized a PhD colloquium for PhD students on 26 September 2018, as a monthly regular event of the Department. The main objectives of this forum are to bring together bright research minds to share thoughts, exchange ideas and research findings on live discussion forum. Also, to build the network between the students. 15 doctoral ( male 7, female 8) students from different academic programs and two faculty members namely, Prof Kyoko Kusakabe (Head of Department DDS) and Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon (UEM). Ms. Fatemeh Safari welcomed all participants and introduced the Presenter Mr. Rehan Ul Haq as the presenter.

Rehan, the presenter of the event, briefly explained the concept of his PhD research on the topic “Factors affecting waterbirds’ abundance, diversity and richness in Bung Borapher Marsh, Central Thailand”. This study analyzed the climatic, hydrological, and landscape variables affecting the abundance and species richness of waterbirds in Bung Boraphet—the largest freshwater wetland in Thailand—from 2003 to 2014. The behavioral responses of waterbirds in the fishing and no-fishing zones of Bung Boraphet were also analyzed. Mixed models were used to determine the effects of climatic, hydrological, and landscape variables on the abundance and species richness of waterbirds and Multivariate analysis of variance was used to identify the differences in behavioral responses of waterbirds in the fishing and no-fishing zones of Bung Boraphet.

The study concludes that the maintenance of an optimal water depth and quality, preservation of critical marsh habitats, eradication of invasive species, restrictions on new human settlements adjacent to Bung Boraphet, and limiting boat traffic inside Bung Boraphet are all necessary to conserve waterbird populations and species richness.
Few questions were asked about landuse change area (boundary of area), water depth and human use effect which made clear all queries by presenter. Everyone presence and interaction were appreciated at the end.

The next PhD colloquium will be announced soon by the Department of Development and Suitability.

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