The Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Programme offers Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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, marine and aquatic biology, botany, plant taxonomy and systematics, ethnobotany and medicinal plants, microbiology, 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.
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.
AP Dr. 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. 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
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. 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
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
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. Hussein Taha
Biotechnology Population genetics Molecular Phylogenetics
Faculty of Science, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong,
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