Rain, Dino and Sarah setting up a light trap to sample moths from the canopy (left); Louise’s moth collection (right). Photos: Louise Ashton.
Tropical fieldwork can be hard, it involves many long days in a hot and humid environment where plenty of things would sting or bite you or suck your blood given the chance. However, one best aspects of the job is the opportunity to work closely with interesting people from all over the world. Out in Maliau we are lucky enough to be helped by a team of amazingly enthusiastic and talented field assistants, which made our work not only possible and a lot of fun. And, as well as the opportunity to meet all kinds of people, being a tropical ecologist allows us to spend time in one of the biologically diverse and fascinating habitats on earth. Practically everyday we encounter something new and unexpected; it could be an elephant, a sun-bear, a giant beetle or crazy caterpillar. You never know what we are going to see or hear, and that makes going to work each day pretty exciting.