Brent Loken

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Brent Loken
Born July 22, 1970
Forest City, Iowa
Residence Squamish, British Columbia
Nationality American
Fields Ecologist, Conservationist, Social Scientist, Social Entrepreneur
Institutions Integrated Conservation, Simon Fraser University
Known for Work in Wehea Forest, Borneo, Co-Discovery of Miller's grizzled langur in Wehea Forest
Brent Loken

Brent Loken is an ecologist, social scientist, conservationist, and social entrepreneur. He is co-founder and executive director of the NGO, Integrated Conservation. He currently resides in Squamish, British Columbia and divides his time between Canada and Indonesia.


Brent Loken was born in Forest City, a small rural town in Iowa, where he developed a passion for wildlife and conservation. After earning a Bachelor's degree in 1994 from Augustana College, Brent went overseas to work as a teacher of physics, chemistry and environmental science. In 2007, he was part of a team of teachers that helped to create the secondary department of Hsinchu International School. In 2009 he co-founded the nonprofit organization Ethical Expeditions. He is currently working in East Kalimantan, Borneo to help protect the Wehea Forest.


Brent earned a Bachelor's degree from Augustana College in 1994 and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2000. He is currently completing a Ph.D in Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. In 2008, Brent earned National Board Certification in physics from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. As an educator, Brent developed courses such as Global Ethics[1] and used teaching methods such as differentiation.[2] He was recently awarded both the Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to pursue his Ph.D studies.


Brent co-founded the NGO Integrated Conservation (ICON) in 2009 after traveling to Borneo and witnessing the rapid loss of forests. His main work centers on research, conservation, education and development activities mainly in the 38,000 ha Wehea Forest, located in East Kutai Regency, East Kalimantan, Borneo. In 2011, Brent was part of a team that completed biodiversity study of Wehea Forest and he helped negotiate a memorandum of understanding with the governing body of Wehea Forest. He is currently conducting research on the clouded leopard, Miller's Grizzled Langur, and orangutan in Wehea Forest.

Brent was part of an international team of scientists from Indonesia, USA, Canada, and Czech Republic who discovered Miller's grizzled langur, an elusive and endangered primate, in Wehea Forest. This monkey was previously thought extinct by some scientists and was not known to exist in Wehea. The team has studied this new population and published their findings in the American Journal of Primatology.[3] Its rediscovery was announced by the press on January 20, 2012.[4][5][6][7] Brent described this discovery in a Quirks and Quarks interview titled, "Miller's Grizzled Langur, I presume".[8] An article written about Brent in The Vancouver Sun in February 2012 described him as an ecologist seeking middle ground between conservation and development.[9]

In June 2013, Brent published a paper in the American Journal of Primatology which described the surprising terrestrial behavior or Bornean orangutans. This was the first study which described terrestrial behavior in orangutans and received international press.


Inspired to tell others about deforestation in Borneo, Brent wrote "Borneo's Last Stand," published in the Winter 2011 edition of Verge Magazine.[10]

"Discovery of Miller's Grizzled Langur (Presbytis hosei canicrus) in Wehea Forest Confirms the Continued Existence and Extends Known Geographical Range of an Endangered Primate," Lhota, Loken, Spehar, Fell, Pospech, Kasyanto was published in the print version of American Journal of Primatology in March, 2012.


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