Adrian Dwiputra

Research areas

Landscape ecology, habitat conservation, fire ecology, land cover change, remote sensing, spatial analysis

Research interest

In the six years of my career, my research has been centred on extracting ecologically meaningful inferences that support sustainable landscape management across diverse socio-ecological contexts. I harnessed modelling techniques, field surveys, and remotely sensed data to address research questions in terrestrial ecosystem management and estimate socio-ecological trade-offs of different management options. Science-based landscape management can help inform our society in navigating climate change and biodiversity crises.


I completed my first formal degree in Biological Sciences back in 2015 with an honours thesis on dholes (Cuon alpinus) space use in Baluran National Park. Little did I know that seven years later, I would get back to training in Biological Sciences as a PhD student in the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions (CNCS) at the National University of Singapore. Before joining CNCS, I worked with the World Agroforestry in Indonesia as a Natural Resources Management Tools Developer for four years. Then, I obtained my Master’s degree in Geography at the University of British Columbia, where I utilized different sensors in space to monitor land cover types in a heterogeneous landscape in Cambodia. As an Indonesian scientist, I aspire to conserve biodiversity that coexists with the culturally rich communities across the Southeast Asian region, especially in my rapidly developing country.

Selected publications

  1. Kamil P. I., Susianto H., Dwiputra A. 2018. “Human-Animal Studies in Indonesia: An Open Field for Multidisciplinary Research and Intervention.” Journal of Indonesian Natural History 6 (2): 3–5
  2. Dewi S., van Noordwijk M., Zulkarnain M.T., Dwiputra A., Hyman G., Prabhu R., Gitz V., Nasi R. 2017. “Tropical forest-transition landscapes: a portfolio for studying people, tree crops and agro-ecological change in context,” International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 13:1, 312-329, DOI: 10.1080/21513732.2017.1360394
  3. Dewi S., van Noordwijk M., Dwiputra A., Tata H. L., Ekadinata A., Galudra G., Sakuntaladewi N., Widayati A. 2015. “Peat and land clearing fires in Indonesia in 2015: Lessons for polycentric governance”. ASB Policy Brief 51. Nairobi: ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins.

Conference and presentations

  1. “Utilising Space-borne 3D Vegetation Metrics to Improve Land Cover Mapping: A Case Study from A Complex Tropical Landscape”, AGU Fall Meeting 2020, Virtual conference by the American Geophysical Union
  2. “Mapping Water across KAZA TFCA,” 2020, Geo for Good Summit 2020, Virtual conference held by Google Earth Outreach
  3. “Tropical forest and likely futures: An analysis of different pathways to reach sustainable economic growth in Indonesia,” 2019, XXV IUFRO World Congress 2019 "Forest Research and Cooperation for Sustainable Development,” Brazil
  4. “Measuring Integrity of Porous Forest Landscape: Forest landscape with rooms for development,” 2018, Intact Forest in the 21st Century, held by Environmental Change Institute, the University of Oxford in collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society, Oxford, United Kingdom
  5. “Dhole (Cuon alpinus) Spatial Occupancy in Baluran National Park, East Java,” 2015, Annual Conference of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation-Asia Chapter, held by Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), Phnom Penh, Cambodia