June 2009 Meeting: Rob Steubing: The Herpetological Delights of Borneo
|Date:||June 10, 2009|
|Location:||Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods directions|
The following is a brief bio, written by our June, 2009 speaker, Rob Steubing:
I was born & grew up (so they say--if I had grown up I probably would have stayed home...) in Cincinnati, but went to Malaysia in 1973, & taught bio courses at local universities until 1982, when I moved to the National University campus in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. I taught there & supervised local student field projects until 1992.
At that time, we began a collaboration with the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles in Field Museum in Chicago. After a year as Honorary Curator of Zoology at the Sabah Museum, the Sarawak Forest Department gave me an opportunity to work as a consultant on herpetofaunal & other wildlife surveys in several new Protected Areas there in Sarawak, until 1998.
From 1998, I worked from Cincinnati, doing faunal surveys and timber certification missions to Kalimantan in Indonesia, then, in 2004, the Sarawak Forest Department offered a new position as Conservation Manager for large scale tree plantation project that included natural forest and community forest areas. Finally, in 2007, I took my present job as Conservation Advisor to a London-based oil palm plantation company based in the Mahakam area of East Kalimantan (Indonesia). Although the work has covered a lot of other vertebrates through various types of surveys, herps are still my main interest.