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This collection of features is brought to you by Borneo Futures, an organisation focused on brokering knowledge for public and institutional use.
Borneo Futures is a network of scientists from various fields, working on Borneo. Science for Change is our mission
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Team Members 团队成员
Jean Voon is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Kuching, Sarawak. She has a keen interest in nature and the little (and some big) things that make Borneo tick. She believes more people of Borneo need to learn about the island of their birth, and express themselves more in how they feel about this fascinating but declining land.
Jean expresses herself in her creativity and thought. “Being part of the Borneo Features team gives me an avenue to express myself about something I believe strongly about…. that each and every one of us should be doing something, however small, to make a difference out there”.
The illustrations that go with the articles were drawn by Jean, using the writings themselves as inspiration. This is one person from Borneo doing her part in bringing this great island to life. We hope Jean’s work inspires you too!
Tony Sebastian is a naturalist living in Kuching, Sarawak. Trained as a wildlife ecologist, Tony works as a consultant in conservation planning across Asia and the Middle-east. He has spent the last 30 years observing animals, and almost every other living thing he comes across, in the forests, mountains, wetlands and grasslands of half the world. His fascination for the natural world shows no signs of diminishing.
Tony is a prolific writer of articles on nature, inspired by his personal encounters. Through his writings, he brings a personal account of the natural world we all live in. “I write what my eyes have seen, and my ears have heard. Writing the articles on this Borneo Features website has been a real pleasure, allowing me to express, in words, the delight I derive from nature”, says Tony. “Working with an illustrator has been a new experience for me. It is really rewarding watching scenes and events in my mind take shape visually”. It is story-telling at its best!
Travis is a journalist and writer, living in Kuching, Sarawak. He writes in Mandarin. Travis has 20 years of experience working with major Chinese language newspapers in both writing and editorial roles. He brings to the team a way of translation that goes way beyond a merely mechanical translation of English to Chinese.
Travis is also a nature lover, and spends time with his wife and young son walking in the forests. He says “Nature brings a sense of calm to my hectic life, and I am very worried about what we humans are doing to nature. I want my son to have the chance to see some of the animals I am writing about right now.”
Travis says “The stories told in the articles on this website are a merging of science and story-telling. The only way to make these articles meaningful to a Chinese audience is to tell the stories in Chinese. This has been a challenge, and a very enriching experience for me.”