October 21, 2015 Meet the GEC researcher Richard Bradshaw from the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University

SSEESS has a lot to offer to GEC researchers. But who is a GEC researcher?

There is actually a wide range of researchers who can be seen as GEC researchers. SSEESS had the opportunity to interview some of their GEC grantees. This week, stomach we would like to take the opportunity and introduce one of them: Richard Bradshaw.

Richard is adjunct Professor at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, ambulance Lund University.

Photo: Richard Bradshaw with other particiapnts of the National Seminar on Promoting Research on Forest and Land Fires Mitigation, Adaptation, and Impact to Human and Biodiversity, Java, Indonesia (April 2015)




Richard, how is your research linked to Global Environmental Change (GEC)?

I research into long-term ecosystem dynamics, with a focus on boreal and temperate forests.

Why are you interested in GEC research?

Ecosystem dynamics are driven by combinations of factors but human activities and climate change now dominate changes observed in forests.

What are the biggest challenges for you when working on GEC topics?

The greatest challenge when working with GEC is to design research that has real impact on the ground and reduces some of the environmental damage resulting from human activities. Fire in Indonesia and its atmospheric emissions are major environmental and health concerns in Southeast Asia. Most fires are deliberately started to clear land for oil palm plantations. The research challenge is not to document the fires but to develop policies to reduce burning.

Which of your projects did SSEESS support, and how?

SSEESS awarded me a planning grant through the research links programme to develop contacts with Indonesian researchers and plan a full research programme designed to reduce fire damage in Indonesia.

Richard Bardshaw at the National Seminar in Indonesia-conference presentation

Do you have an anecdote to share from your project in Indonesia?

Research culture is very different in Indonesia from Sweden. Business cards are exchanged in a formal ceremony. You must hold your card with both hands and bow as you offer it to your colleague. Our planning meeting began with all participants singing the Indonesian National Anthem.

And last but not least, what has been your favorite research trip so far?

To Mount Gede Pangrango National Park, Java, Indonesia. Java has 150 million people living in an area one quarter of the size of Sweden, yet Mount Gede Pangrango National Park which is close to Jakarta contains diverse natural forest with a population of leopards.


SSEESS would like to thank Richard Bradshaw for this interview.