Bornean Orangutan

Orangutan and baby

Boone Kauffman

Latin name: Pongo borneo

The tropical peat swamp forests of Borneo provide habitats for some of the most threatened species on earth, including Orangutans. Dr. Boone Kauffman has been characterizing the structure and function of tropical peat swamp forests and the consequences of their loss through land cover change. Their research has found that these ecosystems have the largest carbon stock of any ecosystem on the planet. Their widespread conversion not only results in losses of their unique biodiversity but tremendous emissions of greenhouse gases affecting climate change. Kauffman and his student’s research has demonstrated the value of including these ecosystems in climate change adaptation and mitigation projects.