PhD Candidate

Sugeng’s PhD thesis developed novel frameworks on how decision science could be utilised to guide the restoration of degraded landscapes to enhance the delivery of ecosystem services.  His PhD was jointly supervised by Assoc. Prof. Kerrie Wilson, Professor Hugh Possingham, Dr. Peter Erskine and Dr. Erik Meijaard.

The roles of tropical forest in the context of ecosystem services are extraordinary, from simply providing medicinal plants for local uses to supplying valuable timber for global markets, harbouring rich biological diversity, and storing and sequestering a large amount of carbon. However, previous human activities have been responsible for the loss and deterioration of such services, jeopardising current and future generations to benefit from them. Restoration is one option to reverse this adverse trend. Despite the rapidly growing studies in conservation spatial planning, there is a limited knowledge about how and where it is best to restore degraded landscapes to support ecosystem services. This knowledge gap is more prevalent in tropical regions, where deterioration of ecosystem services is occurring at an alarming rate.

After completion of PhD studies Sugeng became a senior researcher with LIPI, Indoneisa. He continues to collaborate with the lab through ongoing research projects on forest management.



Masters, The University of Queensland, July 2008-July 2009

PhD Candidate, 2012 – 2016

Themes and Projects:


Budiharta, S, Meijaard E, Wells J.A, Abram N.K, and Wilson, K.A. 2016. Enhancing feasibility: incorporating a socio-ecological systems framework into restoration planning. Environmental Science & Policy. 64: 83-92.

Budiharta S., Meijaard E., Erskine P.D., Rondinini C., Pacifici M. & Wilson K.A. 2014. Restoring degraded tropical forests for carbon and biodiversity. Environmental Research Letters, 9, 114020.

Budiharta, S. and Meijaard, E. In Press. State of Kalimantan’s Biodiversity. In: Development, Environment and the People of Kalimantan (eds. Resosudarmo B.P., Imansyah M.H. & Napitupulu L). Indonesian Regional Science Association, Jakarta and Australian National University, Canberra [Peer-reviewed book chapter].

Budiharta, S., Slik, F., Raes, N., Meijaard, E., Erskine, P. and K.A. Wilson. 2014. Estimating the Aboveground Biomass of Bornean Forest. Biotropica.

Soejono, Budiharta, S. and Arisoesilaningsih, A. 2013. Proposing local trees diversity for rehabilitation of degraded lowland areas surrounding springs. Biodiversitas, 14: 37-42.

Soejono. 2011. Tree species for water spring ecosystem rehabilitation (Editors: Soejono & Sugeng Budiharta). Purwodadi Botanic Garden, Indonesian Institute of Sciences. Indonesia: Pasuruan.

Soejono, Budiharta, S., Arisoesilaningsih, E.  2011. Developing alternative model for rehabilitation in degraded lowland areas surrounding water spring. Presented in The National Congress of Science. Jakarta, 8-10 November 2011.

Soejono & Budiharta, S. 2011. Ecological aspects and socio-economic preferences of local communities into species selection for water spring habitat rehabilitation: Case study in Purwodadi, Pasuruan. Presented in International Conference on Biological Science. Yogyakarta, 23-24 September 2011.

Yulia, N.D. and  Budiharta, S. 2011. The diversity of epiphytic orchid and its host tree along Cemoro Sewu hiking pathway, Lawu mountain, district of Magetan, East Java, Indonesia. Journal of Nature Studies. 10 (2): 26-3

Yulia, N.D., Budiharta, S., Yulistyarini, T. 2011. Analysis of epiphytic orchid diversity and its host tree at three gradient of altitudes in Mount Lawu, District of Magetan, East Java.Biodiversitas 12 (4):

Budiharta, S., Widyatmoko, D., Irawati, Wiriadinata, H., Rugayah, Partomihardjo, T., Ismail, Uji, T., Keim, A. and Wilson, K.A. 2011. The processes that threaten Indonesian plants. Oyrx, 45 (2): 172-179.

Yulia, N.D. and Budiharta, S. 2010. Epiphytic orhids and host trees diversity at Gunung Manyutan Forest Reserve, Wilis Mountain, Ponorogo–East Java. Biodiversitas, 12 (1): 22- 27.

Budiharta, S. 2010. Floristic composition at biodiversity protection area in Lubuk Kakap, District of Ketapang, West Kalimantan. Biodiversitas, 11 (3): 151-156.

Narko, D., Lestarini, W., Suprapto, A., Budiharta, S. 2010. An Alphabetical List of Orchid Species Cultivated in Purwodadi Botanic Garden. Purwodadi Botanic Garden, Pasuruan, East Java.

Solikin. 2010. Potential Uses and Conservation of Local Fruits in East Java (Editors: Sugeng Budiharta & Solikin). Purwodadi Botanic Garden, Indonesian Institute of Sciences. Indonesia: Pasuruan.

Budiharta, S. 2009. Deforestation in Indonesia: A landscape ecology approach. Proceedings Seminar “Bio-conservation Aspects of Ecology, Technique, Social and Economic for Natural Disaster Mitigation”. Faculty of Science, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.