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Thesis title: The Asian palm civet: Fundamental baseline findings in ecology, captive husbandry and effects of trade in Kopi Luwak
Start year: 2013
Little work has been conducted on the behavioural ecology of the Asian Palm Civet in Indonesia. The animal has been exploited for a number of years to produce premium coffee variety called Kopi Luwak yet the animals’ welfare is largely ignored. My project will investigate the ecology of the mesocarnivores across Java principally focusing on the Asian Palm Civet. During this project it is anticipated that the project will link with multiple parties and universities in several countries and allow students and other researchers to become involved. It is believed that this project has significant benefits in networking and encouraging mesocarnivore research across Indonesia.
My main study area is in Java, Indonesia; where there are several mammalian carnivore species belonging to the Felidae (Leopard Panthera pardus, Leopard Cat Felis bengalensis), Viverridae (Asian Palm Civet Paradoxurus hermaphroditus, Binturong Arctictis binturong, Javan Mongoose Herpestes javanicus, Malay Civet Viverra tangalunga, Small Indian Civet Viverricula indica, Small Toothed Palm Civet Arctogalidia trivirgata) and Mustelidae (Ferret Badger Melogale orientalis, Indonesian Mountain Weasel Mustela lutreolina, Asian Small-clawed Otter Aonyx cinerea and Smooth-coated Otter Lutrogale perspicillata). Whilst sighting and anecdotal evidence has been recorded (Brinkle, 2007; Eaton, Wést, Wirth, Shepherd, Semiadi, Hall & Duckworth, 2010; Moore, 2011), little else is known about the ecology, populations and interactions of species on the Island especially in the mesocarnivore guild.
By the end of the five year PhD project research will have:
Asian Palm Civet; Kopi Luwak; Animal Welfare; Behavioural Ecology; Civet Coffee; Indonesia
During 2015, I will be collecting data concerning scent composition of Asian Palm Civets and analysing samples through collaboration with Cardiff University. I will be seeking funding to purchase GPS collars to fit to animals in Java, Indonesia.
I have 5 years of teaching experience in animal care. I am currently employed as a lecturer and course leader in animal care at Newbury College in Berkshire.