Justin D'Agostino@justindagostino

We are walking and talking apes.

2018 Southeast Asian Biodiversity, Science Education and Humanity International Conference at Universitas Syiah Kuala in Banda Aceh. Here are some of the many highlights of a wonderful event uniting top scientists from Indonesia and around the world to share their research, education, and conservation ideas. Thank you to the conference committee and Fulbright for allowing me the opportunity to work with these amazing people. Understanding the natural world and trying to protect it in the age of globalization is extremely difficult and often leads to feeling pessimistic. However, after events like this, you can feel a surge of optimism as the young, intelligent generation of Indonesians and all humans for that matter want to make a positive impact in the world. Knowledge is power and we need to take the power back! #fulbright #aminef #bandaaceh #syiahkuala #gayolues #indonesia #education #conservation #science #biodiversity #conference #orangutan #primate #endangeredspecies


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The 23 species of macaque are one of the best known non-human primates. This is due to their “flexible” ability to survive during the current human expansion into their natural habitat. More “specialized” primates have difficulties adjusting to human changes to the environment but for the most part macaques seem to handle the transition quite well. If there isn’t a sudden and massive transition away from globalization and urbanization, it’s very likely the only primates remaining could be these urban dwelling macaques. #fulbright #aminef #fulbrightindonesia #indonesia #macaque #monkey #monkeys #endangeredspecies #endangered #conservation #wildlife #photography #photographer


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FULBRIGHT REGIONAL ENRICHMENT CONFERENCE
At the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur March 14 -16, 2018 “INNOVATIVE AND RESILIENT ASEAN COMMUNITIES” #fulbright #fulbrightmalaysia #fulbrightindonesia #aminef #indonesia #malaysia #kualalumpur #petronastowers


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Batu Caves is another nice site to visit in Malaysia. However, I found the botanical gardens to be much more peaceful. Also, the botanical gardens didn’t smell like bat shit. #batu #batucaves #kualalumpur #malaysia


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The Perdana Botanical Garden in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a great feeling to be around trees, plants, bamboo, and see the city skyline in the distance. One of my favorite places in Malaysia so far... #botanicalgardens #kualalumpur #malaysia #landscape #fulbright #aminef #fulbrightindonesia #park


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Yes, that is monkey sex and potato chip eating...if it were a cartoon then it would be pretty funny. However, this is not a cartoon and becoming a more common sight than wild (normal) primate behavior that does include a lot of sex but no human snacks. If you see wild primates or any animals for that reason please be smart and follow the directions of huge signs as well as common sense and don’t feed them. Also, if you’re going to take photos use a zoom lens and don’t get closer than 5 meters. #batu #batucaves #monkey #macaque #fulbright #aminef #fulbrightindonesia #malaysia #indonesia #primate #conservation #conservationphotography #anthropogenic


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The siamangs and gibbons are doing just fine after the recent Sinabung volcano eruption. Our electricity was knocked out a few hours and we saw the ash cloud block some sunlight but luckily as in the words of Asan (an assistant on the project) “it wasn’t big one...just little bit boom boom.” #fulbright #aminef #sumatra #indonesia #volcano #siamang #gibbon #endangeredspecies #wildlife #jungle #photography #nature


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Ikan bakar is a rare treat for dinner in the forest while working. A few locals came to camp and we were very happy to share the delicious fish! #ikanbakar #sumatra #indonesia #aceh #gayo #kedah #kutapanjang #food #foodie #fulbright #aminef #fish


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Orangutans are beautiful and endangered. Please do all you can to be aware of the threats to their habitat that include palm oil, illegal logging, mining to name a few. #fulbright #aminef #saveorangutan #endangeredspecies #orangutan #indonesia #sumatra #aceh #gayolues #jungle #adventure #natgeo #nature #naturephotography #wild


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Maratua island off the east coast of Kalimantan is about to become very popular because of the new airport ready to open soon. The construction on the main road that runs straight through the u shaped island is almost finished and the new resorts are preparing for the influx of tourists. The island offers beautiful views and diving among tons of exotic fish. However, the trash especially plastic is a major problem of the island and represents the challenges with an expanding human presence all over the world. #maratua #maratuaisland #paradise #island #indonesia #kalimantan #borneo #beach #sunset #ocean #plastic #recycle


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Samarinda Islamic Center Mosque (Baitul Muttaqien Mosque) is one of the largest and most beautiful in the world. It’s located along the Mahakam River and one of the first sights you see when entering Samarinda. #fulbright #aminef #indonesia #borneo #kalimantan #samarinda #mosque


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Majestic field site thanks to Mr Jali in the Leuser Ecosystem. Last place on planet earth where orangutans, tigers, elephants, rhinoceros, and bears roam free in the wild. If there is a garden of eden...this is it! #sumatra #indonesia #aceh #gayo #fulbright #aminef #endangeredspecies #orangutan #gibbon #siamang #tiger #elephant #rhino #drone #jungle #river


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