The Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Programme offers Master of Science by Research degree in Biodiversity. The programme provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue Graduate studies in a region widely recognised for its rich biodiversity and ecosystem complexities. The environment in Brunei Darussalam provides excellent possibilities for research in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
Fields of study include ecology and conservation biology, invasive ecology, plant and animal sciences, behavioural ecology, botany, plant taxonomy and systematics, ethnobotany and medicinal plants, microbiology, marine and aquatic biology, environment and climate change, and other biodiversity-related research areas. The excellent laboratory and outdoor field facilities, and a field studies centre in the tropical rainforest (under Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research, IBER) strengthen both teaching and research in the broad field of Biodiversity.
Candidates will perform a research project under the supervision of staff from the Environmental and Life Sciences and frequently in collaboration with staff members from other disciplines.
Aims and ScopeThe MSc Programme in Biodiversity aims to make scientists with high level specialised training, in order to cover the increased needs of Industry in related aspects. Also, students wishing to continue their studies at a PhD level will be able to prepare for the conduction of PhD research on relevant topics.
The scope of the Programme is to provide students the necessary specific scientific information, as well as to train them to develop their skills and analytical capabilities.
StructureStudents conduct an approved research project, with the supervision of one or more staff members. Upon completion of their research, they submit a Thesis, which normally does not exceed 60,000 words.
AssessmentAssessment includes examination of the thesis by internal and external examiners. As stipulated in the relevant UBD regulations the examiners may subject a candidate to an oral examination or any other test they think necessary to assess the acceptability of the thesis.
Areas of Research/ Specialisation
Contact: Programme Leader in Environmental and Life Sciences (Dr. Yasuaki Tanaka), Graduate and Research, FOS, UBD
Complete programme details can also be found here .
Prof. Dato Mohamed Abdul Majid
Taxonomy, floristics, ecology and systematics of Southh East Asian bryophytes and pteridophytes, Ethnobotany
Prof. Abdalla Mohamed Jama
Molecular basis of disease
Prof. Ulmar Grafe
Functional diversity of amphibians
Sensory ecology of frog-biting midges
Community ecology of Bornean frogs
A novel resource-service mutualism between bats and pitcher plants.
AP Dr. Zohrah Hj Sulaiman
Vice-Chancellor, Institut Teknologi Brunei
Adjunct Associate Professor of UBD
Biodiversity of fishes
Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of fishes
Genetic modification to produce biodiesel and robust variety of paddy.
AP Dr. Kushan Tennakoon
Director, Institute for Biological and
Ecophysiological and biochemical attributes of parasitic plants and mycoheterotrophs, their biogeography, structural biology and mechanisms of solute transfer
Restoration of degraded tropical habitats with local native plant species and investigating their physiological responses to varying environmental conditions
Impacts of alien invasive plant species (i.e. holoparasites, Pinus, Acacia spp) on native flora and potential arable lands
Alternative energy - Applications of native plant pigments in dye-sensitized solar cells
AP. Dr. David J. Marshall
Ecological and evolutionary physiology of marine Intertidal invertebrates
Organismal responses to environmental and climate change
Marine and estuarine benthic community ecology
Estuarine pollution, biomonitoring and ecotoxicology
AP. Dr. Ferry Slik
Tropical Tree Biodiversity and distribution
Tropical forest Biomass and Carbon Balance
Secondary Forest Dynamics
Ecology and Dynamics of Large Trees
Below- and aboveground interactions of plants DNA barcoding
Species distribution modeling
Using remote sensing for plant identification
Plant community phylogenetics
Plant functional trait
Dr. Rahayu Sukmaria Hj Sukri
Dean, Faculty of Science
Tropical forest ecology and conservation
Tropical plant diversity and community ecology
Peat swamp ecology and conservation
The ecological effects and impact of invasive plants in Brunei Darussalam
Dr Norhayati Hj Ahmad
Diabetes – focus mainly on pancreas regeneration
Dr. Kamariah Abu Salim
Forest dynamics, carbon pools & fluxes, and climate change
Ethnobotany & natural product studies of local medicinal and aromatic plants
Population variation studies of local tree species
Nutrient and lipid studies of local fruits
Botany, plant taxonomy and systematics
Tropical forest biodiversity and management.
Dr. Yasuaki Tanaka
Ecophysiology of corals and aquatic primary producers
Water quality monitoring in aquatic environments
Biogeochemical cycles in aquatic ecosystems
Bioremediation of wastewater from aquaculture
Dr. Faizah Hj Metali
Metal accumulation in plants in tropical plants and crops
Plant and soil nutrition
Growth and physiology of tropical seedlings
Germination and pollination studies
Plant conservation and propagation techniques
Dr. Gianluca Polgar
Ecology and evolution of tropical coastal wetlands
Ecosystem management and conservation
Biodiversity of fishes and crabs
Ecology and behaviour of wetland macrofauna
Dr. Hussein Taha
Faculty of Science, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong,
Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam, BE1410.
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