Simon Husson, Scientific Advisor

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Simon Husson is the leader and director of the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop). Simon’s research is focused in the Sabangau region, 20km from Palangkaraya, where he heads orang-utan distribution and habitat monitoring projects.

He is also Project Director and leader of orangutan distribution and habitat monitoring projects. Simon started his orangutan research in the Sabangau in July 1995, as part of the University of Nottingham KALTROP research team. A zoology graduate, Simon studied large mammal populations in Nyika National Park, Malawi and Sweetwaters Reserve, Kenya before returning to Borneo in 1999 and establishing the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Research Project with Helen Morrogh-Bernard, Laura D’Arcy and Claire McLardy.

This research has focused extensively on the application of nest-survey methods for accurately estimating orangutan density and Simon is regarded as a leading expert in this field. Simon coordinated large-scale surveys of orangutan density throughout Central Kalimantan for the 2004 Orangutan Population and Habitat Viability Analysis (PHVA); chaired the Central Kalimantan Working Group and co-wrote the final report. As well as undertaking research, Simon is heavily involved with habitat management and restoration activities; collaborating with other scientists to better understand orangutan distribution and factors affecting their density and developing strategic conservation management plans to protect priority populations.

Simon has been working as a consultant to the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, focussing on orangutan reintroduction efforts in particular.