Xingli Giam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and an affiliated faculty in the National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He obtained B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc degrees in Biology from the National University of Singapore before completing his Ph.D. at Princeton University in 2014. Xingli's research focuses on characterizing and mitigating impacts on the environment, with particular emphasis on freshwater and tropical ecosystems by combining fieldwork with the development and application of theoretical, statistical, and meta-analytic modeling tools.
Insular Southeast Asia is experiencing rapid environmental change. Conservation scientists have focused mostly on the impacts and implications of logging and oil-palm agriculture. Other drivers of environmental change are less well-known, including coal mining. In 2016, Indonesia was ranked fifth in the world for coal production; only China, Indonesia, the US, and Australia produced more coal. Yet, little is known about how coal-mining impacts land-cover, water quality, biodiversity, and human livelihoods in Indonesia. In this talk, I will discuss my research agenda and present new preliminary results on coal mining and its impacts in Indonesia.