Sponsors


We thank the following granting agencies for supporting our Center, research 
projects based at the Center, or activities of paraecologiststs:

National Science Foundation, USA - Link
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NSF research funding was crucial in establishing paraecologist programmes,
training paraecologists and building research facilities. It remains one of our principal 
sources of funding. Seven research projects, all heavily relying on paraecologists, 
have been funded so far:
           DEB-94-07297 
Insect herbivores associated with Ficus spp.in Papua New Guinea
(S. E. Miller, A. Allison and Y. Basset, 1994 - 1996)
           DEB-96-29751 
Species richness and host specificity of leaf-chewing insects feeding 
on rainforest trees in Papua New Guinea 
(S. E. Miller, Y. Basset, L. Orsak, A. Allison and V. Novotny, 1996 - 1997)
           DEB-97-07928 
Host specificity and species richness of tropical insect herbivores in Papua New Guinea:
an outcome of ecological factors or evolutionary history? 
(S.E. Miller, Y. Basset, V. Novotny, G. D. Weiblen and A. Allison, 1997 - 2002)
           DEB-98-01259
Phylogenetic systematics and evolutionary ecology of dioecious figs and their 
pollinators.
(M.J. Donoghue & G.D. Weiblen, 1998 - 1999)
           DEB-02-11591 
Beta diversity of caterpillars (Lepidoptera) in lowland rainforests: testing predictions 
of host specificity 
(G. D. Weiblen, Y. Basset, S. E. Miller and V. Novotny, 2002 - 2005)
           DEB-02-11591 
Phylogeny and Pollination Biology of Castilleae (Moraceae): Investigating 
the Evolutionary History of the Figs' Closest Relatives 
(G. D. Weiblen 2006-2008)
           DEB-0603768 
Plant-insect food webs and tropical rain forest succession
(G. D. Weiblen, Y. Basset, S. E. Miller, V. Novotny, 2005-2008)
           DEB-0515678 
Survey and inventory of New Guinea forest trees and arthropods
(G. D. Weiblen, Y. Basset, S. E. Miller, V. Novotny, 2008-2011)
           DEB-0816749 
Beta diversity of plant-insect food webs along an altitudinal gradient in the tropics
(G. D. Weiblen, Y. Basset, S. E. Miller, V. Novotny, 2009-2012)
           DEB-0841885 




Darwin Initiative for the Survival of Species, U. K. - Link 
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Darwin Initiative supports the training of local paraecologists and postgraduate 
students for biological research and also contributes to building of the Centre's 
facilities. The aim of the project is to establish the Centre as a prime Papua 
New Guinean facility for insect biodiversity surveys. So far, we have obtained 
funding for two projects, one for paraecologist and one for student training: 
           Developing local capacity for biodiversity surveys in Papua New Guinea 
(A.J.A. Stewart and V. Novotny, 2001 - 2004, additional post-project funding 
2005-2007) - [link]
           Training the next generation of Papua New Guinean
conservation biologists. (A. J. A. Stewart, A. Vogler, V. Novotny and A. Mack, 
2005 - 2008, Project No. 14-054)
           Building biodiversity research capacity to protect PNG rainforest 
from logging (A.J.A. Stewart, M. Peck and V. Novotny, 2012-2015, 
Project No. 19-008) [link]




Grant Agency of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic - Link
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Four research projects funded so far provided continuous support for
paraecologist training and funded their participation in research: 
           C6-007-501: Ecological factors important for community composition of
insect herbivores on Ficus species in a lowland rain forest. (V. Novotny, 1995) 
           A6007705: Species richness and host specificity of sap-sucking insects on
rain forest trees in New Guinea. (V. Novotny and J. Leps, 1996-1999) 
           A6007106: Beta-diversity of insect herbivores in tropical lowland forests: 
relationships with host specificity and plant resources. (V. Novotny, J. Leps 
and L. Cizek, 2001 - 2005)
           IAA600960712: Interactions between plants, herbivores, parasitoids 
and predators in a tropical rainforest: disentangling a complex food web. 
(V. Novotny, J. Leps, L. Cizek, M. Janda and J. Hrcek, 2007-2011)
           GEO research station for the study of rainforest dynamics, PI, 
Czech Academy of Sciences Infrastructure Fund, (V. Novotny, 2009).




Grant Agency of the Czech Republic - Link
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The Czech Science Foundation is playing increasingly important role in supporting 
our research and training, presently being one of our the two most important 
supporters (together with NSF).
Three research projects included paraecologist training and research:
           206/99/1112: Host specificity and diversity of sap-sucking insects in a lowland 
rain forest: an outcome of ecological factors or evolutionary history? (V. Novotny 
and J. Leps, 1999 - 2001)
           206/03/H034: Plant, insects and vertebrates: integrated study of ecological 
and evolutionary interactions on the population and ecosystem level. (P. Kindlmann 
et al., 2003-2008) 	
           206/04/0725: Beta-diversity of rainforest Lepidoptera along an altitudinal 
gradient: effects of plant distribution, environmental factors and geological history 
(V. Novotny, J. Leps and L Cizek, 2004-2006). This project was given the Best Project 
Award by the Czech Grant Agency in 2007.
	         206/09/0115: Ecological determinants of biodiversity distribution 
in tropical forests: a synthesis for Lepidoptera communities in New Guinea 
(V. Novotny, J. Leps 2009-2013) 
           P505/10/0673: Inter-specific interactions in complex food webs 
of tropical rain forests: a whole-forest experimental approach 
(V. Novotny. J. Leps, 2010-1013)




Czech Ministry of Education  
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These research projects were awarded by program Kontakt, providing Czech 
cost-sharing for our National Science Foundation (USA) funded projects:
           ES041: Species richness and host specificity of leaf-chewing insects feeding 
on rainforest trees in Papua New Guinea (V. Novotny and J. Leps, 1996 - 2001).
           FRVS: Ecology of insect communities in tropical rainforests of  Papua New
Guinea (L. Cizek, M. Janda and V. Novotny, 2001 - 2002)
           ME646: Beta diversity of caterpillars (Lepidoptera) in lowland rainforests: 
testing predictions of host specificity (V. Novotny and J. Leps, 2003-2006) 
           ME916: Trophic interactions between plants and insects during ecological 
succession in tropical rainforests (V. Novotny, J. Leps, L. Cizek, 2007-2009) 
           ME09082: Inventory of arthropods in a lowland rainforest in New Guinea 
(V. Novotny, J. Leps, 2009-2011)




Papua New Guinea Biological Foundation, Australia  
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The project by PNGBF explored possibilities for collaboration between grassroots
villagers, paraecologists and researchers:
           Host specificity of insect herbivores on rain forest trees: a study involving 
ecologists, taxonomists, parataxonomists and village collectors (V. Novotny, 2000 - 
2001)


Otto Kinne Foundation, Germany - Link
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Two fellowships awarded by the Foundation to V. Novotny initiated research with an
important involvement by paraecologists. 
           Ecology of insects feeding on rainforest trees in Papua New Guinea 
(V. Novotny, 1995)
           Beta-diversity of herbivorous insects in lowland tropical rainforests of Papua 
New Guinea (V. Novotny, 2001)




Conservation Melanesia, Papua New Guinea  
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The project funded by CM provided crucial support to the village laboratory in Ohu
Village, established by the Center: 
           Insects feeding on Ficus trees in a rain forest: paraecologists producing
ecological data in a Papua New Guinean village. (B. Isua, 2000 - 2001)


National Geographic Society - Link
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Funding from National Geographic Society provided historically the first funding for
paraecologist work in our history, back in 1994, as well as more recent funding:  
           5398-94: Species richness and host specificity of leaf-chewing insects feeding 
on rainforest trees in Papua New Guinea (Y. Basset, 1994 - 1995)
           7649-04: Insect herbivores along an altitudinal gradient: biodiversity research 
and environmental education in remote Papua New Guinea (V. Novotny, B. Kaupa, 
M. Mogia, G. Weiblen, Y. Basset, 2005-2006)




Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic  
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The Ministry provided development aid for improvement of education opportunities 
in Papua New Guinea. So far our centre administered two projects, building 
classrooms for village children. 
           Schola ludus: a new chance for children from the Papua New Guinean village 
of Nagada (V. Novotny, 2007)
           Didactica magna: a chance for education for children from the village 
of Riwo (Papua New Guinea), (V. Novotny, 2010)




John Swire and Sons and Steamships companies  
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           John Swire and Sons provided private funding for Swire Research Station 
and associated community development and conservation projects 
for Wanang Village (2008-2010).

        


Christensen Fund USA 
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           The Christensen Fund is supporting our training and research activities 
with the focus on cultural aspects of biodiversity. 
           Connecting indigenous natural history knowledge with modern biological 
science in rainforest communities of Papua New Guinea (C. Dahl, 2009-2010) 




Smithsonian Center for Tropical Forest Science 
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           Smithsonian Center for Tropical Forest Science CTFS is supporting 
the establishment and first survey of 50-ha forest dynamics plot in Wanang.