- River riparian zone in oil palm plantation, Sabah, Malaysia. Image: Claudia Gray
Claudia Gray is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Ecology and Conservation at the University of Sussex. Working in collaboration with PREDICTS, her work uses the project’s global biodiversity database to investigate how landscape management can help biodiversity conservation.
In the past, Claudia’s research has explored approaches to sustainable management of oil palm plantations in Sabah, Malaysia. One of the things she’s found is that riparian buffer zones – the strips of ‘natural’ vegetation left intact along river banks – are not only important for conserving freshwater ecosystems, but that they can help provide habitat for land-based animals, too.
Claudia is now looking to collate information on riparian zone management and legislation across the world. We spoke to her to find out more. Read more »