Mr Ponsarut Boonchuay

PhD Researcher

Biological and Environmental Sciences Stirling

Mr Ponsarut Boonchuay

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About me

I am currently working on a PhD on agricultural management and the conservation of insectivorous bat biodiversity in Southern Thailand: a comparison of land-sparing and land-sharing strategies. My research aim to examine the impact of different agricultural management practices on biodiversity in Southeast Asia, focusing on vocalising animals (e.g. insectivorous bats). Acoustic survey will be used to measure Key research questions include: 1) how different land-use affect bat foraging patterns and activity levels of other vocalising animals in Southern Thailand? 2) Which agricultural production strategy would benefit biodiversity the most: land sharing, land sparing, or intermediate strategy?

I have been awarded a scholarship under the Development and Promotion of Science and Technology Talents Project (DPST) jointly administered by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education and The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST).

I previously studied at Prince of Songkla University, completing a Masters degree in Biology (international program). In my previous research, I studied pairs of matched organic and conventional rice fields along a gradient of landscape complexity in the Songkhla Lake Basin and conducted acoustic surveys using bat detectors to analyze the influence of farming system and landscape characteristics on bat activity and prey availability. I have a Bachelor of Science (Hons., First Class) in Biology from Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.

Published paper:

Boonchuay, P., & Bumrungsri, S. (2022). Bat Activity in Organic Rice Fields Is Higher Than in Conventional Fields in Landscapes of Intermediate Complexity. Diversity, 14(6), 444.

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