A group photo of Dr. Bryan L. Stuart, Dr. Somphouthone Phimmachak, and field assistants (Photo courtesy of Dr. Aowphol).
In July 2015, Ms. Somphouthone Phimmachak graduated from Kasetsart University and published two articles from her Ph.D. research on which she was the primary author, with co-authors Dr. Anchalee Aowphol and U.S. partner Dr. Bryan Stuart. “Ecology and natural history of the knobby newt Tylototriton podichthys (Caudata: Salamandridae) in Laos
” appeared in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology
63: 389–400, and “Morphological and molecular variation in Tylototriton (Caudata: Salamandridae) in Laos, with description of a new species
” was published in Zootaxa
4006 (2): 285–310. In July 2015, Dr. Anchalee Aowphol and Mr. Natee Ampai, a Master’s student in the Zoology Program at Kasetsart, published a research article entitled “Description of the tadpoles of two endemic frogs: the Phu Luang Cascade frog Odorrana aureola (Anura: Ranidae) and the Isan big-headed frog Limnonectes isanensis (Anura: Dicroglossidae) from northeastern Thailand
” in Zootaxa
3981 (4): 508–520. PhD student Ms. Siriporn Yodthong and three lab members conducted a field survey for her Ph.D. research project at Ko Chang National Park, Trat Province, July 11-16, 2015. Dr. Aopwhol, Ms. Yodthong, and three lab members conducted additional field surveys at Koh Pha-Ngan National Park, Surat Thani Province, September 23-28, 2015. Also during the third quarter of 20215, PhD student Ms. Sengvilay Seateun and her field assistants collected data on the ecology of the Asian turtle Cyclemys oldhamii
at Sakaerat Environmental Research Station, Nakhon Ractchasima Province. Moreover, Ms. Seateun plans to monitor the turtle movement and activities using radio-telemetry in early 2016.
On the Laotian side of the project, which is headed by co-PI Dr. Niane Sivongxay, Dr. Somphouthone Phimmachak, and two graduate students, Ms. Monekham Davanhkham and Ms. Keochay Phoumixay, conducted three field trips studying the ecology of the geckos in genus Cyrtodactylus
and the species diversity of amphibians and reptiles in Laos. They worked in Khammouane and Vientiane Provinces (July 24-August 3), Houaphanh Province (September 16-25), and again in Khammouane Province (September 17-30). U.S. partner Dr. Bryan L. Stuart visited the National University of Laos and participated in the field work with Dr. Sivongxay’s team during the second half of September 2015. The two Laotian graduate students, Ms. Davanhkham and Ms. Phoumixay, defended their thesis proposals to the committee September 22-23.
As for the Vietnam component of the project, which is headed by co-PI Dr. Huy Duc Hoang at the University of Science, Ho Chi Minh City, project researcher Ms. Le Thi Thuy Duong and other Vietnamese team members surveyed in Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park for three weeks in June-July 2015. During August and September, Ms. Duong analyzed data in the laboratory and made preparations for a field trip in Vietnam with the Thai and Laotian participants that is planned for November 16-25, 2015. During the trip, the group will conduct field surveys in Cat Tien National Park and Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park. The next upcoming fieldwork will be in Laos in February 2016. USAID Interview with Dr. Aowphol on Women Leaders
USAID Women Leaders article featuring Dr. Aowphol
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