INDO UPDATE 1 – SEPTEMBER 2021 – MEET JANIS
In unserer neuen Kategorie “Indo Update” gibt Janis aus dem Team der MMF in Indonesien Einblicke in deren Arbeit, die aktuell zum Großteil aus unserem MANTAHARI Projekt finanziert wird. In dieser ersten Ausgabe stellt sich Janis vor, viel Spaß beim Lesen!
Hi Mantahari Community! My name is Janis Argeswara, a project leader at the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) Southeast Asia, and welcome to the new section of Mantahari’s blog, Indo-Update!
As some of you know, a percentage of Mantahari’s sales support MMF to conduct research on manta rays and plastics, and increase capacity building to early-career marine researchers in Indonesia. I am happy to say that, thanks to Mantahari, I am the first Indonesian research staff at MMF! How exciting is that? In return, I want to update the Mantahari community who have contributed a lot to our research about the things going on here in tropical Indonesia.
Besides focusing on plastic pollution, specifically microplastics, my team leader and I have recently focused more on manta reproduction ecology and marine turtle demographics and dynamics. To help us with the project, we have also recruited two Indonesian interns, Maul and Aul, who are currently having the time of their lives living in the beautiful Lembongan island we call home. Although tourism has been fairly quiet on the island, we are making the best of our time looking through back-log data, swimming and breath-hold training, processing and analysing collected data, and of course, enjoying the famous Lembongan sunsets every other day.
So that’s a little introduction post for you guys, and hope you’ll keep on reading my updates from this side of the blog! For more updates, follow us on Facebook (MMF Global; MMF SE Asia) and Instagram (MMF Global; Microplastics and Megafauna).
Wir hoffen, euch hat die erste Ausgabe des Indo Updates gefallen, wir freuen uns auf euer Feedback!