Biology Tropical and Conservation Institute
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Hamid Ahmad
Visit Our Website: http://www.ums.edu.my/ibtp
ITBC is responsible in teaching and research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the details of which you will find in this website. Our main research trusts are in Biosystematics and Biodiversity, Ecological Processes, Bioprospecting & Natural Products Chemistry and Nature Tourism, all are tailored towards the scientifically based conservation of natural resources.
In doing so, ITBC works at various sections of the society including the traditional communities, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and relevant ministries, ensuring a fair bit information exchange, technology transfer, assistance and smart-partnerships. The institute has developed a tradition of working with many partners both within and outside Malaysia and will continue to do so in the spirit of friendship and mutual benefit.
As a significant institute in Borneo, ITBC contribute in engaging research towards the conservation of wildlife and supports conservation initiatives particularly in the state Sabah, where much of the works of our scientists are based in.
I welcome students, researchers, new partners, and future funding agencies to this website with the hope that your visits develop into a working partnership between ITBC and you.
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.