Accepted Abstracts

A Newly Founded Nonprofit Focused on Contributing towards the Better Understanding and Conservation of Tomistoma (Tomistoma schlegelii) in Sarawak, Malaysia

Anthony K. Pine
The Tomistoma Fund, 1965 Chicago Ave. Suite A
Riverside, California 92507, United States

The Tomistoma Fund is an established 501(c)3 public charity founded in May, 2011, to further promote funding and collaboration of efforts towards the research, conservation, and management of wild Tomistoma (Tomistoma schlegelii). Abstract available for download below.

Southeast Asian and Australasian Herpetological Collections from the 18th and 19th Centuries in the Zoological Museum of Berlin

Aaron M. Bauer
Department of Biology, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova
Pennsylvania 19085, USA

The Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany houses one of the most extensive herpetological collections in Europe. Abstract available for download below.

Economic Growth, Sustainable Development and Ecological Conservation in the Asian Developing Countries: the Way Forward

Choy Yee Keong
Graduate School of Economics
Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

The East and Southeast Asian developing regions are the most economically vibrant regions in the world today, having achieved and sustained miraculous economic growth in recent decades. Abstract available for download below.

Human-induced Ecological Degradation and the Iranian Tragedy of the Commons: the Case of Sistan Wetland Ecosystem

Choy Yee Keong
Graduate School of Economics
Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

The Sistan wetland ecosystem is located at an extremely arid region at the border between Iran and Afghanistan. Abstract available for download below.

The Neglected Island Fauna: underestimated Diversity of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Sulawesi, Indonesia

André Koch1 and Evy Arida2
1Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig & Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity
Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany.
2Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense
Jl. Raya Jakarta-Bogor km 46
16911 Cibinong, Indonesia

Compared with the herpetofauna of the three Greater Sunda Islands of Borneo, Sumatra, and Java, the diversity of amphibian and reptile genera on Sulawesi is impoverished. Abstract available for download below.

A Preliminary Study on Asian Horseshoe Crab, Tachypleus gigas (Müller, 1785) Nesting Activity in Balok and Cherating, Pahang, Malaysia

M. Azwarfarid, M. Faridah, A. G. Izzatul Huda, M. S. Fawwaz Afham, A. A. Asyraf, B. A. Amirrudin and N. Ismail
Horseshoe Crab Research Group
Makmal Belangkas, Department of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science and Technology
21030 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

A series of observations were carried out between April and June 2013 in the beaches of Cherating and Balok, Pahang, to record the nesting activity of the horseshoe crab, Tachypleus gigas. Abstract available for download below.

Effects of Human Disturbance on Liana Assemblages in Primary and Secondary Forests in Ghana and Malaysia, and Implications for Conservation

Patrick Addo-Fordjour and Zakaria B. Rahmad
School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Penang, Malaysia
Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology
College of Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Kumasi, Ghana

Although many studies have concluded that liana diversity and structure increase following human disturbance, a limited number of studies have reported of a contrary pattern, calling for more studies in the area. Abstract available for download below.

Building on Wallace's Legacy: Environmental Influences on the Evolution of Communication Systems

Peter M. Narins
Departments of Integrative Biology & Physiology
and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCLA
Los Angeles, California, 90095 USA

Many species of animals, including man, face the formidable task of communicating in naturally noisy environments. Abstract available for download below.

Final Years and Death of Alfred Russel Wallace. 100 Years Later

John G. Wilson
108 Childers Street, North Adelaide 5006, South Australia

This paper introduces us to the great naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, and his time in Sarawak. It was here in Sarawak that Wallace achieved so much, and laid the foundation for the idea of natural selection. Abstract available for download below.

Phylogenetics and Systematics of Animal Life

Hoi Sen Yong1, Praphathip Eamsobhana2 and Phaik Eem Lim3
1Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospita, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
3Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Phylogenetics is the study of evolutionary relationships among groups of organisms, and systematics the study of the diversity of organisms and the relationships among them. Abstract available for download below.

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