8/24/17: For the past few months, I’ve split my time between Bangkok and Sakaerat Environmental Research Station, which is located roughly 186 miles northeast of Bangkok in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. The station is situated on approximately 80 km2 of forest and contains two predominant habitat types: Dry Dipterocarp Forest and Dry Evergreen Forest. My research at Sakaerat has focused on skink locomotion and kinematics, but I’ve had a chance to see some amazing animals including insects, arthropods, invertebrates, frogs, snakes, and turtles.
In addition to providing a refuge for threatened ecosystems and animals, Sakaerat is an important education center. Student groups from across the region come for overnight stays, giving them a chance to experience the beauty of nature. Researchers at Sakaerat involved in a long-term study tracking King Cobras and other snakes work with local residents and have helped train a snake response team to safely remove venomous and nonvenomous snakes from residential and commercial properties.
Sakaerat is also the temporary home to many local and foreign researchers working on diverse projects including slow loris home range size, insect composition in the forest canopy, macaque behavior, turtle tracking, bat biodiversity and echolocation frequencies, bird nesting behavior, comparative snake behavior, and amphibian biodiversity. It is an amazing place.