Stop Motion PhD

During the write-up of my PhD, I was thinking about how many (or few!) people would actually end up reading it. In addition to publishing the contents in peer-reviewed journals, I wanted a way to make all that work accessible to more people. I was tempted to create a graphic novel version, but that would still require people to sit down and read from cover to cover. So instead, I made a 3 minute stop motion animation – something I’d never done before but greatly enjoyed.

So, if you’d like to know a bit more about oil palm plantations and the importance of protecting natural habitat next to rivers, take a look.


4 thoughts on “Stop Motion PhD

  1. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. It took about 6 days – 2 weekends and a lot of evenings. I did indeed do all of the artwork – and learnt a lot about what doesn’t work for stop motion along the way too!

  2. Hi Claudia, Very nice work and definitly worth the days, evenings, and weekends you put into your nice artwork!!! I came across your stop motion phd when looking at your thesis and into ants and their ecosystem services in oil palm plantations. I know about pest control services by ants in cocoa production (Wielgoss et al. 2012, 2014) – do you have any key literature for palm oil in mind? Cheerio, Tom

    • Hi Tom! Theres not a lot of work on the ecosystem services delivered by ants in oil palm plantations. Most studies have focused more broadly on whether proximity to forest provides ecosystem services (2 examples below), rather than specifically looking at the role of the ants that live in the plantations. The plantation managers are generally pretty keen on having parasitoid wasps around for pest control and plant flowers to provide nectar resources for them (though theres some discussion around whether this works and whether the main role is decorative…) but don’t talk of ants in the same way. Would be very interested to chat more about this though – are you doing any work on oil palm plantations?

      1. Mayfield, M. M. The Importance of Nearby Forest to Known and Potential Pollinators of Oil Palm (Elaeis guineënsis Jacq.; Areceaceae) in southern Costa Rica. Econ. Bot. 59, 190–196 (2005).
      2. Edwards, F. A., Edwards, D. P., Sloan, S. & Hamer, K. C. Sustainable Management in Crop Monocultures: The Impact of Retaining Forest on Oil Palm Yield. PLoS ONE 9, e91695 (2014).

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