Earthwatch scientist Dr. Glen Reynolds’ research may hold the key to managing Borneo’s rainforests and the plants and animals that depend upon them.
Why study Borneo’s rainforests?
The once-vast rainforests of Borneo drew Dr. Reynolds from early in his career. Though the forests have been cut and burned for decades to support local communities, he has been active in raising awareness and working to preserve the incredible number of plant and animal species on the island. Most exciting to Dr. Reynolds are programs he is building along with Malaysian and international groups that promise economic growth together with environmental protection. Could palm oil and tourism help save the rainforests of Borneo?
A memorable moment in the field:
Spreading the word about the importance of Borneo’s rainforests is a passion for Dr. Reynolds - a passion he shared with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when he took them on a guided tour of the 43,800-hectare (169-square-mile) Danum Valley Conservation Area. The royal couple has a strong interest in conservation and the welfare of animals such as orangutans and proboscis monkeys. The highlight of the tour was an elevated walk through the forest canopy for the royal couple, whose support is an important step toward protecting the region.