Dr Sarah Scriven

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • email sarah.scriven@zoo.ox.ac.uk

I am a tropical ecologist. My research focuses on finding ways to promote biodiversity and rainforest connectivity in tropical agricultural landscapes. I combine analyses of biodiversity datasets from oil palm plantation landscapes in Southeast Asia and connectivity modelling techniques to test the environmental impacts of sustainable palm oil certification. I also work closely with multiple stakeholders, including oil palm growers, to help inform management and monitoring practices of conservation set-asides and improve biodiversity and connectivity in oil palm landscapes.

My research is linked to the SEnSOR (Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Oil Palm Research) project, which is a multi-disciplinary research programme designed to test the impact of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO): the leading certification standard for palm oil.


Scriven, S.A., Williams, S.H., Ghani, M.A., Agama, A.L., Benedick, S., Brodie, J.F., Hamer, K.C, … Hill, J.K. (2020). Assessing the effectiveness of protected areas for conserving endemic rainforest butterflies in Sabah, Borneo. Biotropica, 52, 380-391.

Williams, S.H., Scriven, S.A., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Hill, J.K., Reynolds, G., Agama, A.L., Kugan, F., … Brodie, J.F. (2020). Incorporating connectivity into conservation planning for the optimal representation of multiple species and ecosystem services. Conserv. Biol., 34, 934-942.

Scriven, S.A., Carlson, K.M., Hodgson, J.A., McClean, C.J., Heilmayr, R., Lucey, J.M. & Hill, J.K. (2019). Testing the benefits of conservation set-asides for improved habitat connectivity in tropical agricultural landscapes. J. Appl. Ecol., 56, 2274-2285.

Scriven, S.A., Gillespie, G.R., Laimun, S. & Goossens, B. (2018). Edge effects of oil palm plantations on tropical anuran communities in Borneo. Biol. Conserv., 220, 37-49.

Lucey, J.M., Palmer, G., Yeong, L.K., Edwards, D.P., Senior, M.J.M., Scriven, S.A., Reynolds, G. & Hill, J.K. (2017). Reframing the evidence base for policy‐relevance to increase impact: a case study on forest fragmentation in the oil palm sector. J. Appl. Ecol., 54, 731-736.

Scriven, S.A., Beale, C.M., Benedick, S. & Hill, J.K., (2017). Barriers to dispersal of rainforest butterflies in tropical agricultural landscapes. Biotropica, 49, 206-216.

Scriven, S.A., Hodgson, J.A., McClean, C.J. & Hill, J.K. (2015). Protected areas in Borneo may fail to conserve tropical forest biodiversity under climate change. Biol. Conserv., 184, 414–423.