Impact of Logging and
El Niño on the Forests of Indonesia
The trees in Malaysian Borneo do a very odd thing: over thousands of hectares, trees of different species all drop their seeds at the same time. This strategy overwhelms the ability the forest animals to feed on the seeds, allowing enough to survive and provide the next generation of trees for the forest. However, since 1991 there has been no recruitment of new trees to the forests, even in the areas protected from logging. We spoke with Lisa Curran about her article in Science magazine and her work on the forest ecosystems of Indonesian Borneo.