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Harvard Summer Program in Borneo, Malaysia 2007 BIOL S-165 Study Abroad in Borneo, Malaysia: The Biodiversity of Borneo Program dates July 23- August 26

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Harvard Summer Program in Borneo, Malaysia 2007BIOL S-165Study Abroad in Borneo, Malaysia: The Biodiversity of BorneoProgram dates July 23- August 26

  • Experience nature and life on one of the last forest frontiers
  • Learn tropical biodiversity firsthand
  • Gain research experience while living in the rain forest
  • All this while getting course credit *

The forests and reefs of northwest and north Borneo are home to orang-utans, hornbills, rhinos and as many as 5,000 tree species, and the reefs offer some of the best diving in the world. We will visit world-class parks and reserves (Mulu, Lambir, Kinabalu and the Maliau Basin), to gain a thorough understanding of abiotic controls on species composition, and will contrast processes that maintain biodiversity in forests with those operating on coral reefs. Throughout Borneo, intensive logging and marine harvesting have occurred for many years. Our course will explore the complexities of conservation today, including trips to sustainably-managed, carbon-traded, and restored forests. We will also provide opportunities for the students to meet people living in and off the forest, to understand their motivations for forest conversion and conservation, and to consider the human health dimensions of forest change. A key feature will be the development of skills in research project design, execution and analysis, based around the statistical platform ‘R.’ The students will complete two independent projects, from conception to presentation, and participate in a group project on the coral reef. The students will also gain database and web publishing skills by developing a community digital record of the trip.


Dr. Campbell Webb- Senior Research Scientist, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard UniversityDr. Charles Davis- Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University* For Harvard college students this program counts as one full-year course (8 credits)