Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) was established on November 24th, 1994. ITBC was founded in 1996. With the coordinating assistance of the Institute, local and international scientists can better explore the diverse terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems of the tropics, especially Sabah.
- To be a research and reference centre in the field of tropical biology and conservation,
- To be a reference point for local biodiversity; to aid in management and environment impact assessments,
- To carry out studies on tropical rainforests and freshwater ecosystems as well as the conservation of these habitats and their inhabitants,
- To provide well-trained and skilled manpower in the fields of tropical biology and conservation through long and short-term research / training programmes and postgraduate supervision,
- To disseminate biodiversity knowledge by organizing conferences and workshops.
The founding head of the Tropical Biology and Conservation Unit is Prof. Datin Dr. Maryati Mohamed whose responsibilities were to establish and build up a fully competent Unit then (now the Institute). Prof. Datin Dr. Maryati Mohamed, an insects taxonomist by training, started several of the basic components of the Institute including the BORNEENSIS Reference Collection Centre, and helped to train many of the university's first and earliest graduates in science.
Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Jalan UMS, 88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.