Dr Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri

rahayu.sukri@ubd.edu.bn

Senior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science and Director, Office of AVC (Research and Innovation)

          

     

Dr Rahayu Sukri is a Senior Assistant Professor in Plant Ecology with the Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She received her PhD in 2010 from the University of Aberdeen, and specializes in tropical forest ecology. Her current research focuses on tropical plant diversity and conservation, the impact of invasive Acacias on natural ecosystems in Brunei as well as heath and peat swamp forest ecology and rehabilitation. She has successfully secured both local and external research grants as the Principal Investigator for these projects. Dr Rahayu was a visiting research scholar to the New York Botanical Garden, the Peabody Museum at Yale University, Old Dominion University and Princeton University in 2012. She is currently the Brunei Country Coordinator for the ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Project (AKECOP) and the Brunei Darussalam National Project Coordinator for the ASEAN-India ASEAN-India Project on Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Asia (Phase 1).

EDUCATION

B.Sc. Education (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, 2002 – First class honours)
M.Sc. Ecology (University of Aberdeen, 2004)
PhD in Plant Science (University of Aberdeen, 2010)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Tropical forest ecology and conservation
Tropical plant diversity and community ecology
The ecological effects and impact of invasive Acacias in Brunei Darussalam
Peat swamp and heath forest ecology, conservation and rehabilitation

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Scopus Publications

  • Intermediate pyrolysis of Acacia cincinnata and Acacia holosericea species for bio-oil and biochar production
    Ashfaq Ahmed, Muhammad S. Abu Bakar, Abul K. Azad, Rahayu S. Sukri and Neeranuch Phusunti

    Energy Conversion and Management, ISSN: 01968904, Volume: 176, Pages: 393-408, Published: 15 November 2018
    Elsevier Ltd

  • Assessment of seedling abundance, survival and growth of two dipterocarp species in peat swamp forests of Brunei Darussalam
    Hazimah Haji Mohd Din, Nor Basirah Bakiri, Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri and Faizah Metali

    Biotropia, ISSN: 02156334, eISSN: 1907770X, Pages: 148-154, Published: 1 August 2018
    Seameo Biotrop

  • Distinctive Soil Archaeal Communities in Different Variants of Tropical Equatorial Forest
    Dorsaf Kerfahi, Binu M. Tripathi, J. W. Ferry Slik, Rahayu S. Sukri, Salwana Jaafar and Jonathan M. Adams

    Microbial Ecology, ISSN: 00953628, Pages: 215-225, Published: 1 July 2018
    Springer New York LLC

  • Field methods for sampling tree height for tropical forest biomass estimation
    Martin J. P. Sullivan, Simon L. Lewis, Wannes Hubau, Lan Qie, Timothy R. Baker, Lindsay F. Banin, Jerôme Chave, Aida Cuni-Sanchez, Ted R. Feldpausch, Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez, Eric Arets, Peter Ashton, Jean-François Bastin, Nicholas J. Berry, Jan Bogaert, Rene Boot, Francis Q. Brearley, Roel Brienen, David F. R. P. Burslem, Charles de Canniere, Markéta Chudomelová, Martin Dančák, Corneille Ewango, Radim Hédl, Jon Lloyd, Jean-Remy Makana, Yadvinder Malhi, Beatriz S. Marimon, Ben Hur Marimon Junior, Faizah Metali, Sam Moore, Laszlo Nagy, Percy Nuñez Vargas, Colin A. Pendry, Hirma Ramírez-Angulo, Jan Reitsma, Ervan Rutishauser, Kamariah Abu Salim, Bonaventure Sonké, Rahayu S. Sukri, Terry Sunderland, Martin Svátek, Peter M. Umunay, Rodolfo Vasquez Martinez, Ronald R. E. Vernimmen, Emilio Vilanova Torre, Jason Vleminckx, Vincent Vos and Oliver L. Phillips

    Methods in Ecology and Evolution, eISSN: 2041210X, Pages: 1179-1189, Published: May 2018
    British Ecological Society

  • Thermochemical characterisation of Acacia auriculiformis tree parts via proximate, ultimate, TGA, DTG, calorific value and FTIR spectroscopy analyses to evaluate their potential as a biofuel resource
    Ashfaq Ahmed, Syarif Hidayat, Muhammad S. Abu Bakar, Abul K. Azad, Rahayu S. Sukri and Neeranuch Phusunti

    Biofuels, ISSN: 17597269, eISSN: 17597277, Pages: 1-12, Published: 1 March 2018
    Taylor and Francis Ltd.

  • Phylogenetic classification of the world's tropical forests
    J.W. Ferry Slik, Janet Franklin, Víctor Arroyo-Rodríguez, Richard Field, Salomon Aguilar, Nikolay Aguirre, Jorge Ahumada, Shin-Ichiro Aiba, Luciana F. Alves, Anitha, Andres Avella, Francisco Mora, Gerardo A.C. Aymard, Selene Báez, Patricia Balvanera, Meredith L. Bastian, Jean-François Bastin, Peter J. Bellingham, Eduardo Van Den Berg, Polyanna Da Conceição Bispo, Pascal Boeckx, Katrin Boehning-Gaese, Frans Bongers, Brad Boyle, Fabian Brambach, Francis Q. Brearley, Sandra Brown, Shauna-Lee Chai, Robin L. Chazdon, Shengbin Chen, Phourin Chhang, George Chuyong, Corneille Ewango, Indiana M. Coronado, Jurgi Cristóbal-Azkarate, Heike Culmsee, Kipiro Damas, Dattaraja, Priya Davidar, Saara J. DeWalt, Hazimah DIn, Donald R. Drake, Alvaro Duque, Giselda Durigan, Karl Eichhorn, Eduardo Schmidt Eler, Tsutomu Enoki, Andreas Ensslin, Adandé Belarmain Fandohan, Nina Farwig, Kenneth J. Feeley, Markus Fischer, Olle Forshed, Queila Souza Garcia, Satish Chandra Garkoti, Thomas W. Gillespie, Jean-Francois Gillet, Christelle Gonmadje, Iñigo Granzow-De La Cerda, Daniel M. Griffith, James Grogan, Khalid Rehman Hakeem, David J. Harris, Rhett D. Harrison, Andy Hector, Andreas Hemp, Jürgen Homeier, M. Shah Hussain, Guillermo Ibarra-Manríquez, I. Faridah Hanum, Nobuo Imai, Patrick A. Jansen, Carlos Alfredo Joly, Shijo Joseph, Kuswata Kartawinata, Elizabeth Kearsley, Daniel L. Kelly, Michael Kessler, Timothy J. Killeen, Robert M. Kooyman, Yves Laumonier, Susan G. Laurance, William F. Laurance, Michael J. Lawes, Susan G. Letcher, Jeremy Lindsell, Jon Lovett, Jose Lozada, Xinghui Lu, Anne Mette Lykke, Khairil Bin Mahmud, Ni Putu DIana Mahayani, Asyraf Mansor, Andrew R. Marshall, Emanuel H. Martin, Darley Calderado Leal Matos, Jorge A. Meave, Felipe P.L. Melo, Zhofre Huberto Aguirre Mendoza, Faizah Metali, Vincent P. Medjibe, Jean Paul Metzger, Thiago Metzker, Mohandass, Miguel A. Munguía-Rosas, Rodrigo Muñoz, Eddy Nurtjahy, Eddie Lenza De Oliveira, Onrizal, Pia Parolin, Marc Parren, Parthasarathy, Ekananda Paudel, Rolando Perez, Eduardo A. Pérez-García, Ulf Pommer, Lourens Poorter, Lan Qi, Maria Teresa F. Piedade, José Roberto Rodrigues Pinto, Axel Dalberg Poulsen, John R. Poulsen, Jennifer S. Powers, Rama Chandra Prasad, Jean-Philippe Puyravaud, Orlando Rangel, Jan Reitsma, DIogo S.B. Rocha, Samir Rolim, Francesco Rovero, Andes Rozak, Kalle Ruokolainen, Ervan Rutishauser, Gemma Rutten, Mohd. Nizam Mohd Said, Felipe Z. Saiter, Philippe Saner, Braulio Santos, João Roberto Dos Santos, Swapan Kumar Sarker, Christine B. Schmitt, Jochen Schoengart, Mark Schulze, Douglas Sheil, Plinio Sist, Alexandre F. Souza, Wilson Roberto Spironello, Tereza Sposito, Robert Steinmetz, Tariq Stevart, Marcio Seiji Suganuma, Rahayu Sukri, Aisha Sultana, Raman Sukumar, Terry Sunderland, Supriyadi, Suresh, Eizi Suzuki, Marcelo Tabarelli, Jianwei Tang, Ed V.J. Tanner, Natalia Targhetta, Ida Theilade, Duncan Thomas, Jonathan Timberlake, Márcio De Morisson Valeriano, Johan Van Valkenburg, Tran Van Do, Hoang Van Sam, John H. Vandermeer, Hans Verbeeck, Ole Reidar Vetaas, Victor Adekunle, Simone A. Vieira, Campbell O. Webb, Edward L. Webb, Timothy Whitfeld, Serge Wich, John Williams, Susan Wiser, Florian Wittmann, Xiaobo Yang, C. Yves Adou Yao, Sandra L. Yap, Rakan A. Zahawi, Rahmad Zakaria and Runguo Zang

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN: 00278424, eISSN: 10916490, Volume: 115, Pages: 1837-1842, Published: 20 February 2018
    National Academy of Sciences

  • Potential thermochemical conversion of bioenergy from Acacia species in Brunei Darussalam: A review
    Ashfaq Ahmed, Muhammad S. Abu Bakar, Abul K. Azad, Rahayu S. Sukri and Teuku Meurah Indra Mahlia

    Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, ISSN: 13640321, eISSN: 18790690, Pages: 3060-3076, Published: February 2018
    Elsevier Ltd


  • Photosynthesis in Co-occurring Invasive Acacia spp. and Native Bornean Heath Forest Trees at the Post-establishment Invasion Stage
    Le Quang-Vuong, Kushan Udayanga Tennakoon, Faizah Metali and Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri

    Journal of Sustainable Forestry, ISSN: 10549811, eISSN: 1540756X, Published: 2018
    Taylor and Francis Inc.

  • Long-term carbon sink in Borneo's forests halted by drought and vulnerable to edge effects
    Lan Qie, Simon L. Lewis, Martin J. P. Sullivan, Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez, Georgia C. Pickavance, Terry Sunderland, Peter Ashton, Wannes Hubau, Kamariah Abu Salim, Shin-Ichiro Aiba, Lindsay F. Banin, Nicholas Berry, Francis Q. Brearley, David F. R. P. Burslem, Martin Dančák, Stuart J. Davies, Gabriella Fredriksson, Keith C. Hamer, Radim Hédl, Lip Khoon Kho, Kanehiro Kitayama, Haruni Krisnawati, Stanislav Lhota, Yadvinder Malhi, Colin Maycock, Faizah Metali, Edi Mirmanto, Laszlo Nagy, Reuben Nilus, Robert Ong, Colin A. Pendry, Axel Dalberg Poulsen, Richard B. Primack, Ervan Rutishauser, Ismayadi Samsoedin, Bernaulus Saragih, Plinio Sist, J. W. Ferry Slik, Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri, Martin Svátek, Sylvester Tan, Aiyen Tjoa, Mark Van Nieuwstadt, Ronald R. E. Vernimmen, Ishak Yassir, Petra Susan Kidd, Muhammad Fitriadi, Nur Khalish Hafizhah Ideris, Rafizah Mat Serudin, Layla Syaznie Abdullah Lim, Muhammad Shahruney Saparudin and Oliver L. Phillips

    Nature Communications, eISSN: 20411723, Published: 1 December 2017
    Nature Publishing Group

  • Thismia inconspicua (Thismiaceae), a new mycoheterotrophic species from Borneo
    Michal Sochor, Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri, Faizah Metali and Martin Dančák

    Phytotaxa, ISSN: 11793155, eISSN: 11793163, Volume: 295, Pages: 263-270, Published: 10 February 2017
    Magnolia Press

  • Distinctive tropical forest variants have unique soil microbial communities, but not always low microbial diversity
    Binu M. Tripathi, Woojin Song, Slik, Rahayu S. Sukri, Salwana Jaafar, Ke Dong and Jonathan M. Adams

    Frontiers in Microbiology, eISSN: 1664302X, Issue: APR, Published: 5 April 2016
    Frontiers Research Foundation

  • An investigation of soil physico-chemical variables across different lowland forest ecosystems of Brunei Darussalam
    Malaysian Journal of Science, ISSN: 13943065, Pages: 148-166, Published: 2016

  • Soil seed bank of an exotic acacia sp. plantation and an adjacent tropical heath forest in brunei darussalam
    Adrian Lee Rahman Suhaili, Kushan U. Tennakoon and Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri

    Biotropia, ISSN: 02156334, eISSN: 1907770X, Pages: 140-150, Published: 2015
    Seameo

  • Tree diversity and community composition of the tutong white sands, Brunei darussalam: A rare tropical heath forest ecosystem
    Hazimah Din, Faizah Metali and Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri

    International Journal of Ecology, ISSN: 16879708, eISSN: 16879716, Volume: 2015, Published: 2015
    Hindawi Publishing Corporation 410 Park Avenue, 15th Floor, 287 pmb New York NY 10022

  • Thismia brunneomitra, another new species of Thismia (Thismiaceae) from Ulu Temburong, Brunei Darussalam
    Michal Hroneš, Lucie Kobrlová, Vojtěch Taraška, Ondřej Popelka, Radim Hédl, Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri, Faizah Metali and Martin Dančák

    Phytotaxa, ISSN: 11793155, eISSN: 11793163, Volume: 234, Pages: 172-178, Published: 13 November 2015
    Magnolia Press

  • Termites facilitate root foraging by trees in a bornean tropical forest
    Mingzhen Lu, Mircea Davidescu, Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri and Joshua H. Daskin

    Journal of Tropical Ecology, ISSN: 02664674, eISSN: 14697831, Pages: 563-566, Published: 1 November 2013
    Cambridge University Press

  • A new species of Thismia (Thismiaceae) from Brunei Darussalam, Borneo
    Martin Dančák, Michal Hroneš, Michal Sochor, Lucie Kobrlová, Radim Hédl, Záboj Hrázský, Anna Vildomcová, Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri and Faizah Metali

    Phytotaxa, ISSN: 11793155, eISSN: 11793163, Volume: 125, Pages: 33-39, Published: 2013

  • Habitat Associations and Community Structure of Dipterocarps in Response to Environment and Soil Conditions in Brunei Darussalam, Northwest Borneo
    Rahayu S. Sukri, Rodzay A. Wahab, Kamariah A. Salim and David F.R.P. Burslem

    Biotropica, ISSN: 00063606, eISSN: 17447429, Pages: 595-605, Published: September 2012

  • Ecological implications of a flower size/number trade-off in tropical forest trees
    Chris J. Kettle, Colin R. Maycock, Jaboury Ghazoul, Pete M. Hollingsworth, Eyen Khoo, Rahayu Sukmaria Haji Sukri and David F. R. P. Burslem

    PLoS ONE, eISSN: 19326203, Published: 2011

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

1) M Sochor, R.S. Sukri, F Metali, Dancak M (2017). Thismia inconspicua (Thismiaceae), a new mycoheterotrophic species from Borneo. Phytotaxa. 295(3). 263-270.

2) S. Matali, N. Abidin, W.H. Tuah, A.M.Q. Pg Yusof, H.H. Mohd Din, H. Taha, R.S. Sukri and F. Metali (2017). Propagation of Dillenia suffruticosa (Griff.) Martelli Stem Cuttings Using Plant Hormones: A Promising Approach to Supply Plantlets to Revegetate Degraded Tropical Heath Forests in Brunei Darussalam. Research Journal of Botany. 12(1). 32-37.

3) Jaafar S.M., R.S. Sukri and Proches S. (2016). An investigation of soil physico-chemical variables across different lowland forest ecosystems of Brunei Darussalam. Malaysian Journal of Science. 35 (2). 148-166.

4) Tripathi, B.M., Woojin S., J.W.F. Slik, R.S. Sukri, S. Jaafar, K. Dong and Adams, J.M. (2016). Distinctive Tropical Forest Variants Have Unique Soil Microbial Communities, But Not Always Low Microbial Diversity. Frontiers in Microbiology. 7:376.

5) Suhaili, A.L.R, Tennakoon, K.U. and R.S. Sukri (2015). Soil Seed Bank of An Exotic Acacia sp. Plantation and An Adjacent Tropical Heath Forest in Brunei Darussalam. Biotropia. 22(2). 140-150.

TOP PUBLICATIONS

1) R.S. Sukri, R.A. Wahab, A.S. Kamariah & Burslem, D.F.R.P. (2012). Habitat Associations and Community Structure of Dipterocarps in response to Environment and Soil Conditions in Brunei Darussalam, Northwest Borneo. Biotropica. 44(5). 595-605.

2) Kettle, C.J., Maycock, C.R., Ghazoul, J., Hollingsworth, P.M., Khoo, E., Sukri, R.S.H. & Burslem, D.F.R.P. (2011). Ecological Implications of a Flower Size/Number Trade-Off in Tropical Forest Trees. PLoS ONE 6(2): e16111. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016111.

3) Dancak, M. Hrones, M., Sochor, M. Kobrlova, L. Hedl, R., Hrazsky, Z., Vildomcova, A., R.S. Sukri and Metali, F. (2013). A new species of Thismia (Thismiaceae) from Brunei Darussalam, Borneo. Phytotaxa. 125(1). 33-39.

4) M Hrones, Kobrlova L, Taraska V, Popelka O, R Hedl, R.S. Sukri, F Metali, M Dancak (2015). Thismia brunneomitra, another new species of Thismia (Thismiaceae) from Ulu Temburong, Brunei Darussalam. Phytotaxa. 234(2). 172-178.

5) Lu, M., Davidescu, M., R.S. Sukri & Daskin, J. (2013). Termites facilitate root foraging by trees in a Bornean a tropical forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 29(6). 563-566.

GRANT DETAILS

• “A multifaceted investigation of the spread of exotic Acacia species into native habitats within Brunei Darussalam: understanding the causes of, and management strategies for, these invasive species”. BND 2,907,600.00 (2015-2017) – Principal Investigator [grant awarded by Brunei Research Council – UBD/BRC/11].
• “Assessment of potential native tree and shrub species to rehabilitate degraded heath (kerangas and kerapah) forest and peat swamp forests in Brunei Darussalam”. USD 10,000.00 (2015-2016) – Principal Investigator [grant awarded by ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Project, AKECOP – UBD/AVC-RI/AKECOP/01].
• “Enhancing local level climate change adaptation in Southeast Asia (Phase 1)” USD 7,000.00 (2015 – 2016). Principal Investigator [grant awarded by ASEAN-India Green Fund – UBD/AVC-RI/ASEAN-India/01].
• “A preliminary investigation on the use of native tree species to rehabilitate degraded peat swamp forests in Brunei Darussalam”. USD 10,000.00 (2014-2015) – Principal Investigator [grant awarded by ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Project, AKECOP – UBD/AVC-RI/AKECOP/01].
• “Ecological consequences of Acacia invasion into Brunei Darussalam and the strategies that can be adopted to minimise further damage to natural and agricultural habitats in the Sultanate”. BND 50,000.00 (2011 to 2016) – Principal Investigator [grant awarded by Universiti Brunei Darussalam – UBD/PNC2/2/RG/1(204)]
• “The development of databases for the Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER)”. BND 15,600.00 (2014-2016) – Co-investigator [grant awarded by Universiti Brunei Darussalam – UBD/PNC2/2/RG/1(288)]
• "Plant conservation in human influenced landscapes of Brunei Darussalam". BND 95,200.00 (2017 to 2019) - Co-investigator [grant awarded by Universiti Brunei Darussalam - UBD/OAVCRI/CRGWG(008)/170401]

CONSULTANCY

• Biodiversity expert for flora survey for “Rasau 3D Seismic Survey Baseline Collection and Integrated Impact Assessment” – consultancy for Wetlands International Malaysia and Environmental Resources Management (M) Sdn Bhd. (May to August 2013).
• Biodiversity expert for flora survey for “Biodiversity Action Plan and Peat Fire Prevention Project in Lower Belait District” – consultancy for Wetlands International Malaysia (May to October 2013).

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

• Research collaborations with the University of Aberdeen, University of Leeds, King’s College London, University of Bristol, Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Palacky University, Mendel University in Brno, Leiden University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa, Princeton University, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, National University of Singapore, NTU, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Prince of Songkla University in Thailand, Korea University, Seoul National University, Ehime University Japan, Federation University in Australia.
• Visiting research scholar to the New York Botanical Garden, the Peabody Museum at Yale University, Old Dominion University and Princeton University in 2012

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

• Brunei Country Coordinator for the ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Project (AKECOP) – 2014 and ongoing.
• Brunei Darussalam National Project Coordinator for the ASEAN-India ASEAN-India Project on Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Asia (Phase 1) – 2015 and ongoing.
• Brunei Country Representative, Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation Asia-Pacific Chapter (July 2014 to June 2017)