Robert van Zalinge
Over the last ten plus years I have worked on small to large scale, species conservation to wider natural resource management projects in South and Southeast Asia. While working in Cambodia on various conservation projects I increasingly felt there were gaps in our understanding of the ecology of target species we were trying to help. Such knowledge gaps need to be filled if we are to achieve our goal. The Sarus Crane is one such "vexing" species: a focus of conservation efforts in Cambodia since around 2000, monitoring of the Eastern Sarus Crane population of around 850 birds showed no increase despite nest and habitat protection programs put in place to boost numbers, over more than a decade. In 2013 I enrolled at CDU and in 2014 started my research on the ecology of the Eastern Sarus Crane, aiming to identify limiting factors to the population's growth.