I am an ecologist by training with research interests in wetland ecology and functioning and wildlife conservation. My current research primarily focuses on tropical peatlands in Southeast Asia, but I m also involved in research projects on peatlands in South America, Central Africa, and the Fens of eastern England.
Many people still find it hard to believe that there are extensive peatlands in the tropical zone: after all, peat bogs are usually associated with the cool, wet, midge-infested regions of the north! There are approximately 450 km2 of peatlands in the tropics, mainly located in Indonesia and Malaysia, but also in South and Central America and central Africa.
In an undisturbed condition, peatlands in Southeast Asia support peat swamp forest, which provides a habitat for a number of rare and endangered species. Underground, the thick peat layers, accumulated over thousands of years and often exceeding a thickness of 10 m, store enormous amounts of carbon. Globally, tropical peatlands store ~120 billion tonnes of carbon and perform other important environmental and landscape functions (e.g. flood mitigation, wildlife habitat maintenance and livelihood support).
My research on tropical peatlands began in 1993 in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. From 1998 onwards, I have been a partner in various collaborative research programmes investigating the ecology, biodiversity, natural resource functions and carbon dynamics of these systems. Increasingly, my research has focused on the role of tropical peatlands in the global carbon cycle, and the impact of forest fires and land use change. Interest in tropical peatlands in South America and Central Africa has been enhanced by collaborations with Dr Outi Lahteenoja (formerly at University of Turku in Finland) and Dr Greta Dargie and Prof Simon Lewis (University of Leeds).
Throughout my career I have become increasingly aware of the value of converting scientific knowledge into policy and practice. This transfer of expertise and experience has led to inputs as a Lead Author for IPCC guidelines for national greenhouse gas inventories, and as an advisor to plantation companies and government agencies in SE Asia.
Closer to home, I collaborate with a School research team focused on the fenlands of Eastern England. FenFlux is led by Dr Joerg Kaduk. The focus is on comparing the carbon balance of natural fenland versus rewetting pastures and agricultural peatland using eddy covariance techniques. We also study aeolian fluxes arising from 'fen blows'.
Page, S., Rieley, J.O. & Banks, C.J. (accepted) Global and regional importance of the tropical peatland carbon pool. Global Change Biology.
Page, S.E., Wüst, R. and Banks, C. (2010) Past and present carbon accumulation and loss in Southeast Asian peatlands. PAGES News, 18 (1), 25-26.
Hooijer, A., Page, S., Canadell, J.G., Silvius, M., Kwadijk, J., Wösten, H. & Jauhiainen, J. (2010) Current and future CO2 emissions from drained peatlands in Southeast Asia. Biogeosciences, 7, 1505-1514.
Page, S.E., Hoscilo, A., Wosten, H., Jauhiainen, J., et al. (2009) Restoration ecology of lowland tropical peatlands in Southeast Asia – Current knowledge and future research directions. Ecosystems 12: 888–905
Page, S.E., Hoscilo, A., Langner, A., Tansey, K.J., Siegert, F., Limin, S. & Rieley, J.O. (2009) Chapter 9: Tropical peatland fires in Southeast Asia. In: Cochrane, M.A. (ed) Tropical Fire Ecology: Climate Change, Land Use and Ecosystem Dynamics. Springer-Praxis, Heidelberg, Germany.
Tansey, K., J. Beston, A. Hoscilo, S. E. Page, and C. U. Paredes Hernández (2008) Relationship between MODIS fire hot spot count and burned area in a degraded tropical peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. J. Geophys. Res., 113, D23112, doi:10.1029/2008JD010717.
Rieley, J.O., Wüst, R.A.J., Jauhiainen, J., Page, S.E., Wösten, H., Hooijer, A., Siegert, F., Limin, S., Vasander, H. And Stahlhut, M. (2008) Tropical peatlands: Carbon stores, carbon gas emissions and contribution to climate change processes. In: Laine, J. et al. (eds) Peatlands and Climate Change. International Peat Society, pp. 129-162.
Wosten, J.H.M, Clymans, E., Page, S.E., & Limin, S.H. (2008) Interrelationships between peat and water in a tropical peatland ecosystem in Southeast Asia. Catena 73: 212-224 (doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2007.07.010).
Phillips, M., Page, S., Saratsi, E., Tansey, K. & Moore, K. (2008) Diversity, scale and green landscapes in the gentrification process: Traversing ecological and social science perspectives. Journal of Applied Geography, 28, 54-76 (doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2007.07.003).
Page, S.E. and Banks, C.J. (2007) Tropical peatlands: Distribution, extent and carbon storage – uncertainties and knowledge gaps. Peatlands International 2007 (2), pp. 26-27.
Page, S.E., Rieley, J.O. and Hoscilo, A. (2007) A burning issue: Tropical peatlands and fire. Peatlands International 2007 (2), pp. 28-29.
Page, S.E., Rieley, J.O. and Wüst, R. (2006) Lowland tropical peatlands of Southeast Asia. In: Martini, P., Martinez-Cortizas, A. & Chesworth, W. (eds) Peatlands: basin evolution and depository of records on global environmental and climatic changes. Elsevier, Amsterdam (Developments in Earth Surface Processes series). Chapter 7.
Hooijer, A., Silvius, M., Wösten, H. and Page, S.E. (2006). PEAT-CO2, Assessment of CO 2 emissions from drained peatlands in SE Asia. Delft Hydraulics report Q3943 (2006). 41 p.
Rieley, J.O. and Page, S.E. (editors) (2005) Wise Use Guidelines for Tropical Peatlands. Alterra, Wageningen, The Netherlands. 237 p. ISBN 90327-0347-1
Page, S.E., Wuest, R., Weiss, D., Rieley, J, Shotyk, W., Limin, S.H. (2004) A record of Late Pleistocene and Holocene carbon accumulation and climate change from an equatorial peat bog (Kalimantan, Indonesia): implications for past, present and future carbon dynamics. Journal of Quaternary Science, 19(7), 625-635.
Siegert, F., Zhukov, B., Oertel, D., Limin, S., Page, S.E., Rieley, J.O. (2004) Peat fires detected by the BIRD satellite. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 25 (6), 3221-3230.
Morrogh-Bernard, H., Husson, S., Page, S.E. and Rieley, J.O. (2003) Density, distribution and population size of the Bornean orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus) in a peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Biological Conservation, 110, 141-152.
Page, S.E. , Siegert, F., Rieley, J.O., Boehm, H-D.V., Adi Jaya and Suwido Limin (2002) The amount of carbon released from peat and forest fires in Indonesia in 1997. Nature, 420, 61-65.
Weiss, D., Shotyk, W., Rieley, J.O., Page, S.E., Gloor, M., Reese, S. and Cortizas-Martinez, A. (2002) The geochemistry of major and selected trace elements in a forested peat bog, Kalimantan, SE-Asia, and its implications for past atmospheric dust deposition. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 66(13), 2307-2323