Richard Burger

Richard Burger

Richard first came to Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) as an undergraduate student with Cardiff University’s tropical conservation field course where he was given the opportunity to conduct a small study on the diversity of the local lizard fauna using pitfall traps. Despite only spending 2 weeks on the course, Richard loved it and wanted to someday return to DGFC as a volunteer or researcher. He earned a master’s of research degree from Cardiff University conducting fieldwork in Mauritius to look at the dietary competition between the endangered Telfair’s skink and Invasive Asian Musk shrew. After his master’s degree, Richard was a volunteer intern for Para La Tierra, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the Cerrado of Paraguay, looking at the behavioral responses of microteiid lizards and later worked as the principal investigator of terrestrial research for Fronter, an NGO in Madagascar. At DGFC, Richard focuses on understanding the ecology of reticulated pythons in the Kinabatangan, and how this is influenced by habitat fragmentation and oil palm cultivation, as well as looking at the conflicts with, and impacts upon, local people. He aims to understand the negative beliefs and practices, if any, of locals towards snakes, and to try to paint this often maligned and misunderstood group of animals in a more positive fashion, particularly the non-venomous species that pose no threat to humans.

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