Overview of thesis
Tropical savannas cover over 20% of the Earth’s
surface, with the largest coverage in Africa, Australia and South America. The
savanna plant communities in Indonesia have received little study, but appear
to be different from place to place and are worthy of further investigation as
to what factors influence these
following hypotheses are established: vegetation patterns and dynamics of savannas in Indonesia are
largely affected by the rainfall gradient, fire and grazing. Less rainfall
results in more frequent fire, and together with grazing, these factors
contribute to shaping the plant community. It is hypothesised that there will
be a shift in plant communities across the rainfall gradient with more
fire-adapted species in drier and more frequently burnt areas.
- BSc Forestry Science Universitas Gadjah Mada
- MSc School of Plant Biology The University of
- Vegetation Ecology
- Plant Succession
- Alien and Invasive Plant Ecology
- Landscape Ecology
- Remote Sensing for Ecology
Scientist at Indonesian Institute of Science-Bali Botanical Garden
Gadjah Mada (UGM) Yogyakarta, Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Jakarta,
Universitas Udayana (UNUD), Denpasar Bali (visiting lecturer and honours
student project supervisor) 2011-2012
Scholarships and Awards
- Edith Cowan University International
Postgraduate Research Scholarship 2014
- Ruffords Small Grants for Conservation Award
- 3rd Winner Scientific Paper Writing Award
from Society for Indonesian Biodiversity 2010
- Sampoerna Foundation Community Social
Responsibility (CSR) award 2011
- Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) 2007
- Sutomo, van Etten E. & Wahab
L. (2016) Proof of Acacia nilotica stand expansion in Bekol Savanna,
Baluran National Park, East Java, Indonesia through remote sensing and
field observations. BIODIVERSITAS 17, 96-101.
- SUTOMO, HOBBS, R. J. &
CRAMER, V. A. 2011. Plant community establishment on the volcanic deposit
following nuees ardentes of Mount Merapi : diversity and floristic
variation. Biodiversitas, 12, 86-91.
- SUTOMO & FARDILLA, D. 2012.
Plant Community and Soil Relationship Following Wildfires from Nuees
Ardentes of Mount Merapi Indonesia. Biotropia, 19.
- SUTOMO & FARDILLA, D. 2013.
Floristic Composition of Groundcover Vegetation after the 2010 Pyroclastic
Fire on Mount Merapi. Jurnal Manajemen Hutan Tropika, 19,
- PRIYADI, A., SUTOMO, S.,
DARMA, I., & ARINASA, I. B. K. (2014). Selecting Tree Species with
High Carbon Stock Potency from Tropical Upland Forest of Bedugul-Bali,
Indonesia. Journal of Tropical Life Science, 4(3), 201-205.
- Sutomo & Fardilla D. (2013) Species Richness Estimation of
Groundcover Vegetation in Some Parts of 2010 Pyroclastic Flows Areas of
Mt. Merapi Using Estimates. In: 1st International Conference on
Sustainable Agriculture and Environment. Faculty of Agriculture
Sebelas Maret University, Solo.
- Sutomo, Fardilla, D., & Darma, I. D. P. (2012). Autecology of
invasive species Imperata cylindrica in anthropogenic disturbed forests on
Pohen Mountain, Batukahu Nature Reserve, Bali: Implication for weeds
management. Paper presented at the International Conference of the
Society for Indonesian Biodiversity, Solo.
- SUTOMO 2013. Ecological Succession on
Volcanic Ecosystem of Mount Merapi Indonesia and Its Implication For
Restoration, Bogor, South East
Asian Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (SEAMEO-BIOTROP).
Conference Publications/ Presentations
van Etten E. & Priyadi A. (2015) Do Water Buffalo Facilitate Dispersal
of Invasive Alien Tree Species Acacia nilotica in Bekol Savanna Baluran
National Park? In: Second International Conference on Tropical Biology
(eds E. K. Damayanti and J. C. Fernandez) p. 46. SEAMEO BIOTROP, Bogor.
- Sutomo, van Etten, E., & Fardilla, D. (2014). Changes in soil seed
bank species composition following the 2010 eruption of mount Merapi
volcano, Yogyakarta Indonesia. Paper presented at the Biodiversity
& Vegetation: Patterns, Processes, Conservation, Perth, Western
- Sutomo, Hobbs R. J. & Cramer V. A. (2010)
Plant Succession Following Nuees
Ardentes of Mt. Merapi Indonesia. In: Rottnest Island Postgraduate
Summer School. School of Plant Biology The University of Western
Australia, Rottnest Island, Western Australia.
- Sutomo, Cramer V. A. & Hobbs R. J. (2010)
Plant Succession and Alternative States Model for Mt. Merapi In: The
2010 International Meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and
Conservation. Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Bali,
- Sutomo, Hobbs R. J. & Cramer V. A. (2009)
Dynamics of vegetation re-establishment on the nuées ardentes Deposits of
Mt. Merapi Volcano (Java, Indonesia): Is Restoration Needed? In: SERI
World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Society of Ecological
Restoration International, Perth, Western Australia
- Sutomo, Cramer V. A. & Hobbs R. J. (2009)
Patterns of Plant Communities Changes following nuées ardentes Forest Fire
on Mt. Merapi (Java, Indonesia): Assembly Rules and Influences of Edaphic
Factors. In: Royal Society of Western Australia Postgraduate Symposium.
Royal Society of Western Australia
Mr Tommo Sutomo
Centre for Ecosystem Management
School of Science