I grow up in fruit orchards in central Thailand. After have the first degree in forestry from Kasetsart University, I work with a bat expert, Dr. Mark Robinson, for surveying bats in Thungyai-Huai Khakhaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries, western Thailand. Six months of hard work made me find my way. I decided to do a master degree in bat ecology, its roosting ecology. After having finished my thesis, I ran into PhD in Scotland with Prof. Paul Racey where I carried out my research on foraging ecology of a common fruit bat, Cynopterus brachyotis, in south-east Thailand. I finished my degree in 2002, and start my intensive work as a lecturer in Deapartment of Biology, Prince of Songkla University.
My research mainly with fruit bat and pollination ecology. I focus mainly with Eonycteris spelaea, an nectarivorous bat, which my student working further in foraging ecology of it and also other pollination ecology of plant that are pollinated by it, e.g. Oroxylum.
After having part of south-east Asian bat committee and have difficulty in designing bat conservation status, I have been part of the team, working with Dr. Paul Bates from the Harrison Institute, starting a bat taxonomic initiative in mainland SE Asia. Students from Thailand, Lao PDR, and Cambodia join the project and did a master thesis in my university. The momentum is still going on, some students do a further PhD study.
I also interest in bat ecology, two students work on foraging and roosting ecology of Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, Craseonycteris thonglongyai, with my former advisor, Prof. Racey, and Prof. Gareth Jones as the committee. I myself also interest in bat echolocation where we collect calls of most bats in Thailand in accompany with taxonomic study. All material deposited in Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Natural History Museum, PSU.
My research site mainly in southern Thailand from Satun to Narathwat.
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