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Welcome to the website Antony van der Ent. Here you can find out more about my passions and professional interests. I was born in 1982 in the Netherlands and work as an ecologist specialized in the biogeochemistry, ecology and conservation of metallophyte communities worldwide. Travelling is my passion. As a professional photographer I have spent much time in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, West-Africa and the Americas. Currently I am based in Australia.
On this website my online portfolio is catalogued. I specialize in nature photography (landscapes, wildlife & macro) and travel photography (culture & mountaineering). While photographing I have spent much time travelling and photographing in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, West-Africa, Spain, Norway and the Americas. My photos appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, scientific articles and reports and in the book ‘Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands’. Photographic assignments took me, among others, to Sao Tome for The Times newspaper.
In 2005 I was based in Malaysia and studied aquatic macro invertebrates assessments. In the research project newly adapted and designed macro invertebrate assessments for water quality monitoring in the Cameron Highlands of Central Peninsula Malaysia.were set-up. Applying the knowledge and skills learnt with the Environment Agency in the UK in Malaysia for tropical ecology of rivers culminated in 2 reports. The first is an analysis of current water quality and pollution sources. It identified causes for water pollution and detailed chemical and ecological water quality assessments of the upper Bertam catchment. The second is a manual for community stream monitoring that was successfully implemented in subsequent years. The methodology is based on aquatic macro invertebrate assessments and provides background, scientific grounding, as well as training and coaching. I have won the 1st Prize of the IJsselland Award, an university-wide award for the best scription of that year. The project in Malaysia is still continuing and 3 local coordinators now run the project, with several fieldtrips a month.
My research focusses on the ecology metallophytes. In the Belgium Geul I have been invloved in restoration of metallophytes communities for several years, together with ADL Plombieres, a local agency. During an internship at at Radboud University/B-WARE I worked on testing potential restoration measures in the laboratory and in the field on their viability to regenerate vital metallophyte communities. As coordinator of the European Heavy Metal Ecology Network (EHMEN) I have co-organised 3 international conferences, that were attended by specialists from 9 countries across Europe. Later I became coordinator of the International Serpentine Ecology Society (ISES), which is a research network with members in 45 countries around the globe studying ultramafic/serpentine ecology. In 2010 I started my PhD-research at the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. The research focusses on the ecology of Post-Mining Ecosystems as related to natural metal-enriched habitats, such as ultramafic ecosystems, in Southeast Asia
As part of my Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences graduation thesis, I undertook a research project focussing on the human-nature relationships of a localized group of people at Mount Kinabalu National Park. The research project cross-borders the disciplines of environmental ethics, social science and conservation ecology. The research focused on the novel concept of ‘Alliance with Nature’; a concept of understanding human-nature relationships that are like ‘partnerships’ or ‘allies’. The study group of local mountain guides may serve as a bridge of understanding and perceiving nature between cultures; between guides and tourists visiting the park. Understanding of the Alliance with Nature of mountain guides can therefore be important for sustainable management of Mount Kinabalu Park, together with raising awareness on the importance of conserving biodiversity to a broader public. The research publication contains ecological sections, environmental philosophical sections and sociological sections, culminating in an integrated synthesis. The project on human-nature relationships was a first in Sabah and in Mount Kinabalu National Park.