Team at the research station

Dr. Caroline Schuppli

Caroline is a postdoctoral researcher from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Zürich, Switzerland (AIM). She is managing the Suaq project and the research activities of the AIM at Suaq. Caroline studies the learning behavior of immature orangutans as well as the acquisition and spread of cultural repertoires.

Subhan

Subhan is the local camp manager of the Suaq research station. He has joined the Suaq team in early 2017 and is in charge of the on-site administrative management of the station since mid 2017.

Julia Kunz

Julia is a PhD student from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Zürich, Switzerland (AIM). Julia is collecting data on the Suaq orangutans for her PhD project on male – female relationships in wild orangutans.

Dr. Brigitte Spillmann

Brigitte is a postdoctoral researcher from the Department of Anthropology of the University of Zürich, Switzerland (AIM). Brigitte is studying the male long call behavior and the females’ reactions to those in Sumatran and Bornean orangutans.

Fikar

Fikar is senior field assistant at the Suaq research station. He has been working at Suaq as a field assistant since 2007. Apart from taking orangutan behavioral data, Fikars expertise lies in technical tasks. At camp, he spends his free time carving or making hand-made fish traps.

Armas

Armas is senior field assistants at Suaq. He has started working at Suaq in 2007 as a cook and then switched to being an assistant in 2009. Armas takes excellent orangutan behavioral data and with his quiet nature he has a special eye for details. Armas is taking good care of the more junior assistants and also helps training new students.

Adami

Adami is a field assistant at the Suaq research station. He has joined the Suaq team in early 2016 and is currently still in training. At camp Adami likes to help out in the kitchen and makes the best fried bananas of all.

Saidi

Saidi is working at the Suaq research station as a field assistant. Having joined the Suaq team in early 2016 Saidi is still in training. Saidi is one our most successful orangutan finders and is always contagiously motivated and cheerful.

Pak Rustam

Pak Rustam is the cook at the Suaq research station. Famous for his delicious fish curries, he is treating the team every day with simple but delicious meals. He also has a watchful eye on everybody at camp, making sure that the whole team stays healthy and happy. Pak Rustam regularly goes into the forest to collect plants and herbs to supplement the camp meals. Pak Rustam has been working at Suaq since 2007.

Pak Syafii

Pak Syafii works as cook and logistics coordinator. Once a week he brings up supplies from the village with the camp speed boat. Pak Syafii is our best boat driver and knows every turn of and log in the Lembang river. He makes sure that we always have the right supplies at camp. Pak Syafii has been working at Suaq since 2010.

Pak Samsuar

Pak Samsuar is involved in coording logistics and other activites of the Suaq research station. Being based at the village, Pak Samsuar is also helping us to keep a constant dialogue with the local villages.

Behind the scenes

Prof. Dr. Carel van Schaik

Carel is the Director of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Zürich, Switzerland (AIM). Carel has founded the Suaq research station in 1993 and has since then studied the behavior and biology of the Suaq orangutans.

Dr. Matthew Nowak

Matt is employed by the Swiss PanEco foundation and is stationed in Medan as manager of the research activities and monitoring of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP). He is responsoble for the management of SOCP’s four research stations Jantho, Sikundur, Batang Toru and Suaq and coordinates the activities  of researchers at the stations. Matt publishes in the name of SOCP in the areas of behavior and population of the Sumatran orangutans, biodiversity of the habitats of Sumatran orangutans and conservation measures.