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).
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)
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
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.
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.
• “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]
• 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).
• 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
• 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)
Total Publications: 10
Michal Sochor, Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri, Faizah Metali and Martin Dančák
Phytotaxa, ISSN: 11793155, eISSN: 11793163, Volume: 295, Pages: 263-270, Published: 10 February 2017
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
Adrian Lee Rahman Suhaili, Kushan U. Tennakoon and Rahayu Sukmaria Sukri
Biotropia, ISSN: 02156334, eISSN: 1907770X, Pages: 140-150, Published: 2016
Malaysian Journal of Science, ISSN: 13943065, Pages: 148-166, Published: 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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