Field Work with Queen Mary University

The Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre (KBFSC) successfully hosted a visiting group of undergraduates from Queen Mary University of London for a residential field course from 24 to 30 June 2013. The group of twenty undergraduate students and five academic staff from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, QMUL were in KBFSC at the Ulu Temburong National Park to obtain hands-on experience in a pristine mixed Dipterocarp forest environment. This Tropical Ecology course focused on a range of topics related to tropical rainforest ecosystems, including tropical rainforest ecology and biodiversity, field trapping methods of mammals and insects and freshwater ecology.

Before visiting KBFSC, the group spent a week of field work at the Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park in Tutong. In addition to field investigations, the group studied the link between biodiversity conservation and culture through interactions with local communities in Tutong. They also visited the Selirong Forest Reserve in Brunei Bay to explore one of the best global examples of an old-growth mangrove forest, where mangrove tree trunks are reputedly amongst the biggest observed in the region. KBFSC has hosted QMUL’s tropical ecology course for six consecutive years since 2008. The link between UBD and Queen Mary University London was formalised and further strengthened with the signing of a university level Memorandum of Understanding in 2012.

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