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.
Areas of Research/ Specialisation
Contact: Deputy Dean of Graduate and Research in FOS (Dr. Basilios Tsikouras)
Complete programme details can also be found here .
Prof. Abdalla Mohamed Jama
Gene therapy.Cellular signalling.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.
Prof. Dr. Takaomi Arai
Eel Biology and EcologyEcology and Evolution of Fish Migration
Biology, Ecology and Habitat Use of Aquatic Organisms in Tropical Ecosystem
Bioaccumulation and Ecotoxicology of Hazardous Chemicals in Environment
Environmental Science and Pollution
Prof. Zohrah Hj Sulaiman
Vice-Chancellor, Institut Teknologi Brunei,
Adjunct Associate Professor of UBD
Molecular genetics.Biodiversity of fishes.Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of fishes.Genetic modification to produce biodiesel and
robust variety of paddy.
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
AP Dr. Ferry Slik
Tropical Tree Biodiversity and distribution Tropical forest Biomass and Carbon Balance Flora Projects Secondary Forest Dynamics Ecology and Dynamics of Large Trees Biogeography 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
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
Developmental biology. Reproductive biology. Diabetes – focus mainly on pancreas regeneration.
Dr. Yasuaki Tanaka
Programme Leader, Environmental and Life Sciences Programme
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
Environmental and Life Sciences Programme
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. Nicole Lim Chai Hoon
Protein Structure, Folding and Function
Protein Misfolding and Diseases
Dr. Hussein Taha
Biotechnology Population genetics Molecular Phylogenetics
Dr. Pooja Shivanand
Halophilic microorganisms and their metabolites.
Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology.
Fermentation & Bioprocess technology.
Faculty of Science, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong,
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