Tuesday, February 22, 2011

first practical

Done my first practical today. It was exhausting. Very. Since those kids havent learn about plant reproduction in their lecture, so it was a bit hard for them. i guess it was a good session.                                i gave them homework that requires them to write an essay about relationship between plant and its pollinator. hopefully they can submit their script by next tuesday.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Seminar, talk, paper

I have sent my reply to an invitation for a scientific seminar. I will attend the seminar only as a participant, even though I am a co author. Initially my data wont be included in the paper. But Allah SWT lebih maha mengetahui, earlier this morning I received an email to notify me the title of the paper and my name is included. Alhamdulilah.

Frankly, I was upset when my data was rejected (tipu lah kalau tidak upset). My senior colleague told me just be patience if God willing, everything will be put on my way. I was trying very hard to not show my disappointment in front of him, but failed.

My third "baby" is already submitted, within 2 months or so the committee will give their response, well hopefully.

The third is coming, the forth, we can say is in the making. Err.. may be I speak too soon. Whatever it is I welcome "babies". And also I received another invitation to give a talk. I don't think I ready for that.

As for my practical class, I stick to the schedule.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Other than Calymperaceae and Leucobryaceae, relatively, I don't really know the rest of moss families. Of course I know the monotypic Fissidentaceae, few popular members of Hookeriaceae, one or two Daltoniacae, and Hypnodendracae.

Earlier today I went to the lab, after quite awhile, to examine my specimens from previous Scientific Expedition. As I said above, I am familiar with Calymperacae, so I did identify two packets of specimen that belong to Calymperes genus.

What made my day would be one packet that contains Aerobryopsis from Meterioaceae. I was surprised, I still recognized the species. To be fair, Meterioaceae is quite friendly family, with co-operating size.

There are only 2 species of Aerobryopsis recorded in Sabah. So, I guess I got it right.

Identification task always has disappointing side, and today is no exception. I have observed few packets that containing similar species, I won't say they are the same, but similar enough to my eyes. I think those species belong to Pottiaceae or Orthotrichaceae. How I wish I have someone to talk to about this.

Flower in bloom

Kemboja tree that grows in the lawn near the Mathematics lab is blooming. I saw it on my way to office this morning. It is beautiful I must say. First I was confused, either it is Cempaka or Kemboja or may be even Kenanga. It is white in colour, so that rules out Kenanga. After some moments (and with help from Google), I sure it is Kemboja.

Why so fuzzy about the silent old (but beautiful) white Kemboja? Because on 22nd, me and the rest of class will observe the reproductive structure of flowering plants. Tapak Kuda, Bunga Raya, and Bunga Butang are already listed as materials needed. I add few more, like Janda Kaya (for some reason I like this flower because its "fleshy" petals), Orchids, and Kemboja.

Cannot wait to share these beautiful flowers with my students.

P/s: When I was 18 I hated botany so much. Now I am teaching botany to a bunch of 18 years old. Karma? haha.

Three new records

I have found three new records on Sabah moss flora, but I think I shall not reveal the species names until the paper is officially published (embargo?).

Species 1

But I feel good about one particular species, because the very first time I observed the species, I got the species' name like instantly right. But since I am not an expert of that particular genus, therefore I must consult the expert and I have.

Once, there was a chance for it to be declared as a new species to science. But the expert concluded it is not, it is a species that previously recorded in Philippine and Sarawak (twice). This is the 3rd record of it in Borneo.

Of course it would be more joyful for me if the species is something new to science. But the feeling of got the species' name right at the first time you observed it (I never observed that particular species before and I am not familiar with the genus), I tell you, it was great. I felt satisfaction, at least at certain extend.

Species 2

Another new record that also gave me a good feeling. The species is hardly mistaken for another member of the same genus, since it has very peculiar leaf morphology. I am familiar with this genus. So I guess, it wasn't that hard.

Species 3

The third record is a species with special physical appearance. Its morphology is so fierce and bold. There is time when I think its unique image deserves to be inked on a skin. Not mine of course.