I am a PhD student in the BioEcon lab at NUS and my main research interests are related to how economics, international trade and agriculture influence land use decisions and patterns of land use change in the tropics. I am currently working on projects related to protected area effectiveness, oil palm in Borneo, commodity chain drivers of deforestation and wildlife trade. In Australia I hope to learn more about using MARXAN for protected area selection, and its underlying mechanics. I would like to incorporate these things into my own research regarding protected area downgrading, downsizing and degazettement (PADDD). I think it would be a great opportunity to expand my own knowledge, discuss ideas and learn new techniques that will help me develop as a researcher. Dates of visit: 16th May- 9th June. I will be joining the Conservation Decision-Making course.