We conduct basic and applied ecological research with clear emphasis on policy, conservation and management of Bangladesh's endangered forests and biodiversity.
The Applied Ecology and Conservation Research Lab is led by Dr Sharif A. Mukul, an Assistant Professor of Environmental Management at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). He's also an adjunct fellow with Tropical Forests and People Research Centre at University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Dr Mukul is one of the top cited researcher from IUB, and currently serving as the Associate Editor of Journal of Applied Ecology (Willey, UK) and Small-scale Forestry (Springer, Netherlands) journal.
The lab, other than undergrads and masters students, has more than 20 affiliates both from Bangladesh and abroad.
Research & PROJECTS
Our major and ongoing projects includes - long term forest biodiversity and carbon stock monitoring in Lawachara forest, environmental monitoring in Cox's Bazar after mass Rohingya influx, and biodiversity and carbon stock monitoring in Sundarbans mangrove forest.
We are one of the most dynamic and active group working on biodiversity conservation in Bangladesh, and published articles in world's top journals including Nature and Science.
We are also engaged in collaborative research with International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Arannyak Foundation, Creative Conservation Alliance and IUCN.
News & UPDATES
February 5, 2019: Dr Mukul assigned as a consultant with The World Bank (USA) to work with SUFAL (Sustainable Forests & Livelihoods) project, the largest forestry project in Bangladesh so far.
February 1, 2019: New paper published by Dr Sharif Mukul on Bengal tiger's in Science of the Total Environment journal.
13 December, 2018: A warm congratulations to Ms Quazi Nadira Esrat and Mr. Mahmudul Hasan Abir for successfully defending their senior project thesis on Lawachara forest.