Monday, May 2, 2016

SOAR Session1

This is my first SOAR Session at ECU.

The objective of this session is to increase awareness of the importance of establishing an online profile for supporting your career and research. This session will also include a practical demonstration of steps on how to set up your ResearchGate account and profile. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Proof of Acacia nilotica stand expansion in Bekol Savanna

Paper terbaru kami di Scopus

One of woody species that is known to inhabit certain savanna ecosystems is Acacia nilotica. The Acacia nilotica tree is widespread in the northern savannah regions, and its range extends from Mali to Sudan and Egypt. Acacia nilotica was first introduced to Java Island in 1850. It then spread to Bali, East Nusa Tenggara, Timor and Papua. Found in grasslands, savanna is reported as important colonizer at Baluran National Park in East Java and Wasur National Park Papua. We conducted Vegetation analysis in three areas of the Baluran Savanna namely: Grazed, burned and unburnt. Our observation result analysis showed that in terms of the three most important tree species in all of the sites that we sampled (grazed, burnt and unburnt savannas) Acacia nilotica appeared in each of these sites. The values however, vary between sites. Acacia nilotica Importance Value Index is highest in the unburnt savanna, with IVI reaching almost 250. The unburnt site is actually a burnt site but with moderate age or time since fire (approximately 6-7 years), whereas the burnt site is savanna with relatively young age/time since fire (few months to 1 year). We also conducted GIS analysis using Satellite Images (October 2013 and October 2014) to pick up changes in Bekol savanna. Result showed that expansion of A. nilotica stand occurred towards the savanna. Over dominance of the woody species A. nilotica could shift the savanna into another ecosystem state, i.e. secondary forest.


Biodiversity & Vegetation: Patterns, Processes, Conservation

Perth, 2014

Workshop Summary

How to write Journal Article in Sciences

This workshop was the second session of the two sessions of GREAT-INSPIRE program workshop on “How to write Journal Article in Sciences” held at Murdoch University in 20 April 2016. The session was presented by Dr. Angus Morrison Saunders and Mike Hughes.
The workshop began with a recap from the first workshop and then followed by presentation of new materials and a practice session. The following points are the materials summary of the session presentation:
1.       The key ingredients of a good journal paper are in the abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion and conclusion components. Narrative of the sections structure:
Title                     = Your title should relate to your main findings
Introduction     = End with a very clear set of specific research questions.
Method              = Relate everything you talk about to the research questions and do not swap the order.
Results                = Answer your research questions in the same order you presented them. 
Discussion       = Discuss your research questions in the same order you originally presented them. It is essential that you come back to the same ideas you laid out in your introduction.
2.       According to the presenters, the most important aspect of a journal paper is title and abstract. By creating a good title and abstract, it will increase the chance of getting cited. Because your abstract will be available to your readers in the online version whether or not the readers have access to the full text, therefore you can still get cited based upon your abstract.
3.       Title and abstract must also entice your readers to read the entire article. Your title should relate to your main findings. You should think about the take home message that you want your readers to read in your abstract. Abstract may also be the only thing that a reader looks at, therefore, give them your findings.
4.       Abstract is a “mini paper”. It is a distillation of the four major segments in your paper (Introduction, method, results and discussion). Stunt with the real issue in your first sentence of your abstract. Abstract has to be short and so does your paper. Keep the abstract short perhaps less than 200 words. A good abstract maybe just seven or eight sentence. The composition are as follow:
Background       = 1 sentence
Aim                       = 1 sentence
Method                = 1 sentence
Results                 = 3 to 4 sentences
Conclusion         = 1 or 2 sentence(s)
In the practice session, participants were given the opportunity to read aloud their own abstract and were asked about how they think about their abstract and what are the comments from other participants as well as feedback from the presenters.


Workshop Summary

Workshop summary: “How to write Journal Articles in the Sciences”

This workshop was the first of two sessions of the GREAT-INSPIRE workshop program on “How to write Journal Article in Sciences” held at Murdoch University in March 2016. The presenters were Dr Angus Morrison Saunders and Mike Hughes.
This first session was design for HDR students to understand what makes a good journal paper and what factors will increase the rate of publishing success. This workshop focused on writing effectively for journal audiences.
The session provided participants with valuable information on how to write effectively. It also gave participants a chance to work on their own piece of writing by bringing their introduction of a paper/draft. Participants practiced in a practical slot in the workshop.
The following points are the summary of the session presentation:
  1. Research is not completed unless it has been communicated and scientific publication form a prominent means of scientific communication. We can also say that research or experiments that are not reported simply did not happen. Nowadays there are high demands on publishing, for academics and researchers and we often hear the phrase “publish or perish” in the academia world.
  2. Writing research papers involves disciplined thinking and is one of hardest writing activities that one will ever do. Therefore, learning how to write effectively is a lifelong apprenticeship. There are three stages of writing namely:
    • Brainstorming and drafting,
    • Crafting and
    • Polishing.
Good writing according to the presenter, is a combination of free speech of spoken language with good grammar. When polishing a paper it is a good idea to first listen to our writing. We can do this by reading out loud which helps us to understand our writing.
  1. Before starting a paper, we also need to carefully choose a journal audience for our research story. When selecting our target journal(s) we need to consider the following:
    • Who will be our audiences,
    • Geographic relevance of the study and its message(s),
    • Speed and/or ease of publication, and
    • Impact factors or other metrics.
  2. In short, there are four elements to keep in mind when writing a paper namely:
    • Be creative (tell a story),
    • Have one clear aim/main message,
    • Provide engaging title,
    • Write for your identified audiences and provide concluding messages or lessons learnt for the readers

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Sunday, January 24, 2016


Analisis statistika multivariate adalah analisis statistika yang dikenakan pada data yang terdiri dari banyak variabel dan antar variabel saling berkorelasi. Data dari kegiatan penelitian lapangan dalam ekologi komunitas vegetasi sangat jarang yang terdistribusi secara normal seperti layaknya sebuah lonceng (bell shaped). Hal ini dikarenakan banyak faktor yang tidak dapat di atur yang sangat mungkin menyebabkan data menjadi tidak terdistribusi normal, seperti misalnya jumlah plot pada tiap areal studi bisa saja tidak sama dikarenakan faktor topografi misalnya terdapat sungai, jurang dan sebagainya. Untuk alasan inilah hadir analisis multivariate dan beberapa software yang dapat digunakan sebagai alat bantu analisisnya. Salah satunya adalah software PAST (Paleontological Statistic). Dalam kegiatan ini akan digunakan software PAST versi 2.15. Software PAST ini dapat di dowload secara gratis dengan membuka laman website ini:

PAST software ( is also a multivariate statistic software design for biologist that is available free from the internet. I thought myself how to use this software and since then has been invited to teach the software at two courses: First was at Postgraduate of Biology Udayana University Bali and second was as Forestry research station at Kupang East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia.

Tutorial Cara Mudah Membuat Peta Digital Sederhana dengan ARCGIS

The use of Remote Sensing especially in nature research and field based is becoming of significant component. We can save more time and resources by using this technique.
Berikut beberapa link di youtube yang sangat bermanfaat untuk pemula dalam bidang remote sensing. Mudah difahami dan diikuti setps-stepsnya.