Dr. Nicola K Abram

Founder and Executive Director of Living Landscape Alliance

Dr Nicola Abram is the founder and Co-Director of Living Landscape Alliance. Nicola is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at The University of Queensland, a Spatial Planning Adviser to the NGO HUTAN, a collaborating scientist to the Borneo Futures initiative, and a Review Editor for the open science publishing platform Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (Conservation Section). Nicola has a PhD in Biodiversity Management (DICE, University of Kent) that focused on oil palm and forest landscapes. She also has an MSc in Conservation Science (Imperial College London), and a BSc in Ecology (University of East Anglia).

Nicola is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist with over ten years of combined professional and academic experience in biodiversity conservation. Her work orientates to try and understand issues surrounding sustainability and biodiversity conservation in landscapes to try and help solve ‘real-world’ problems, positioning this work at the research-policy-implementation nexus. Her particular area of expertise integrates interdisciplinary spatial planning with social, economic and policy dimensions to promote better overall natural resource management and use of landscapes, to concurrently enable sustainable development with biodiversity conservation.

More broadly, Nicola has varied international conservation and research experience in many ecological systems such as on forest function and ecosystem services; as well as social systems such as surveying forest-dependent communities in Madagascar on illegal resource harvesting, and capacity building of rural communities in South Africa. She also has several years of professional experience in environmental education, outreach and public engagement.










Also see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nicola_Abram


  1. Runting, R. K., Meijaard, E., Abram, N. K., Wells, D. G, Gaveau, J. A., Ancrenaz, M., Posssingham, H. P., Wich, S. A., & Wilson, K. A. (2015). Alternative futures for tropical forests. Nature Communications (in press).
  2. Struebig, Matthew J., A. Wilting, D. L. A. Gaveau, E. Meijaard, Robert J. Smith, T. Abdullah, N. Abram, R. Alfred, M. Ancrenaz, Dave M. Augeri, Jerrold L. Belant, H. Bernard, M. Bezuijen, A. Boonman, R. Boonratana, T. Boorsma, C. Breitenmoser-Würsten, J. Brodie, Susan M. Cheyne, C. Devens, J. W. Duckworth, N. Duplaix, J. Eaton, C. Francis, G. Fredriksson, Anthony J. Giordano, C. Gonner, J. Hall, Mark E. Harrison, Andrew J. Hearn, I. Heckmann, M. Heydon, H. Hofer, J. Hon, S. Husson, Faisal A. Anwarali Khan, T. Kingston, D. Kreb, M. Lammertink, D. Lane, F. Lasmana, Lim B. Liat, Norman T.-L. Lim, J. Lindenborn, B. Loken, David W. Macdonald, Andrew J. Marshall, I. Maryanto, J. Mathai, William J. McShea, A. Mohamed, M. Nakabayashi, Y. Nakashima, J. Niedballa, S. Noerfahmy, S. Persey, A. Peter, S. Pieterse, John D. Pilgrim, E. Pollard, S. Purnama, A. Rafiastanto, V. Reinfelder, C. Reusch, C. Robson, J. Ross, R. Rustam, L. Sadikin, H. Samejima, E. Santosa, I. Sapari, H. Sasaki, Anne K. Scharf, G. Semiadi, Chris R. Shepherd, R. Sykes, T. van Berkel, K. Wells, B. Wielstra, A. Wong, M. Fischer, K. Metcalfe, and S. Kramer-Schadt. 2015. Targeted Conservation to Safeguard a Biodiversity Hotspot from Climate and Land-Cover Change. Current Biology. 372–378; doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2014.11.067.
  3. Abram, N. K., Meijaard, E., Ancrenaz, M., Wells, J. A., Pellier, A.-S., Runting, R. K., Gaveau, D. L. A., Wich, S., & Mengersen, K. (2015). Mapping perceptions of species’ threats and population trends to inform conservation efforts: the Bornean orangutan case study. Diversity and Distributions.doi: 10.1111/ddi.12286.
  4. Gaveau, D. L. A., Sloan, S., Molidena, Husnayanem, Sheil, D., Abram, N. K., Ancrenaz, M., Nasi, R., Wielaard, N., & Meijaard (2014). Four decades of forest persistence, loss and logging on Borneo. PLoS ONE, 9:e101654
  5. Abram, N. K., Xofis, P. Tzanopoulus, J., MacMillan, D., Ancrenaz, M., Chung, R., Peter, L., Ong, R., Lackman, I., Goossens, B., Ambu, L., & Knight, A. T. (2014). Synergies for improving oil palm production and forest conservation in floodplain landscapes. PLoS ONE, 9:e95388.
  6. Pellier, A.-S., Wells, J. A., Abram, N. K., & Meijaard, E. (2014). Through the Eyes of Children: Perceptions of environmental change in Borneo. PLoS ONE 9:e103005
  7. Ancrenaz, M., Oram, F., Ambu, L., Lackman, I., Ahmad, E., Elahan, H., Kler, H., Abram, N.K., & Meijaard, E. (2014). Of pongo, palms, and perceptions – A multidisciplinary assessment of Bornean orangutans in an oil palm context. Oryx, doi:10.1017/S0030605313001270.
  8. Abram, N. K., Meijaard, E., Ancrenaz, M., Runting, R. K., Wells, J. A., Gaveau, D. L. A., Pellier, A.-S. & Mengersen, K. (2014). Spatially explicit perceptions of ecosystem services and land cover change in forested regions of Borneo. Ecosystem services, 7, 116-127.
  9. Davis, J. T., Mengersen, K., Abram, N. K., Ancrenaz, M., Wells, J., & E. Meijaard. (2013). It’s not just conflict that motivates killing of orangutans. PLoS ONE 8, e75373.
  10. Meijaard, E., Abram, N. K., Wells, S, J. A., Pellier, A.-S., Ancrenaz, M., Gaveau, D. L. A., Runting, R. K. & Mengersen, K. (2013). People’s perceptions on the importance of forests on Borneo. PLoS ONE, 8(9), e73008.
  11. Brown, K. A., Johnson, S. E., Parks, K. E., Holmes, S. M., Ivoandry, T., Abram, N. K., Delmore, K. E., Ludovic, R., Andriamaharoa, H. E., Wyman, T. M. & Wright, P. C. (2013). Use of provisioning ecosystem services drives loss of functional traits across land use intensification gradients in tropical forests in Madagascar. Biological Conservation, 161, 118-127.
  12. Wich, S. A., Gaveau, D., Abram, N., Ancrenaz, M., Baccini, A., Brend, S., Curran, L., Delgado, R. A., Erman, A., Fredriksson, G. M., Goossens, B., Husson, S. J., Lackman, I., Marshall, A. J., Naomi, A., Molidena, E., Nardiyono, Nurcahyo, A., Odom, K., Panda, A., Purnomo, RAFIASTANTO, A., Ratnasari, D., Santana, A. H., Sapari, I., Van Schaik, C. P., Sihite, J., Spehar, S., Santoso, E., Suyoko, A., Tiji, A., Usher, G., Atmoko, S. S. U., Willems, E. P. & Meijaard, E. (2012). Understanding the Impacts of Land-Use Policies on a Threatened Species: Is There a Future for the Bornean Orang-utan? PLoS ONE, 7, e49142.
  13. Brown, K. A., Flynn, D. F. B., Abram, N. K., Ingram, J. C., Johnson, S. E. & Wright, P. (2011). Assessing Natural Resource Use by Forest-Reliant Communities in Madagascar Using Functional Diversity and Functional Redundance Metrics. PLoS ONE, 6, e24107.


  • Ancrenaz, M., Abram, N.K., Agama, A., Kler, H., Vogel, M., Meijaard, E., 2013. Strategic Plan of Action for Sabah – Heart of Borneo Initiative. Heart of Borneo Initiative, Kota Kinabalu.
  • Wells, J.A., Meijaard, E., Abram, N.K., Wich, S.A., 2013. Forests, Floods, People and Wildlife on Borneo. United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Najera, F., Bolongon, G., Abram, N.K., Goossens, B., Ambu, L.N., MacDonald, D.W., Hearn, A.J., (2013). Observation of a road-killed Sunda clouded leopard in Malaysian Borneo. Cat News (IUCN) 58.