Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan in the state of Sabah, Malaysia
Application deadline: Mar. 15, 2017
Conversion of tropical forests to oil palm plantations across SE Asia is among the most pressing conservation challenges in the world today. At risk are millions of acres of primary and secondary tropical forests, along with the ecosystem services and wildlife habitat they provide. This course explores the complex ecological, social, economic and political dimensions of tropical forest conservation through an immersive experience in one tropical forest reserve in Malaysian Borneo.
The course will be conducted primarily at the Danau Girang Field Center, a collaborative research and training facility managed by the Sabah, Malaysia Wildlife Department and Cardiff University of Wales. Danau Girang is located inside the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, in the heart of Sabah (Malaysian Borneo). The center lies within a lowland dipterocarp forest comprised of primary and secondary forest, in a diverse landscape including oil palm plantations, small-scale agriculture, and villages. The Sanctuary is home to ten species of primates, the Bornean elephant, several cat species, the sun bear, abundant herpetofauna as well as hundreds of species of birds.
Oregon State University students will work and learn alongside students from Portland State University as well as student interns and researchers from Cardiff and other universities around the world. Activities will include classroom lectures, discussions with scientists, government officials, and local citizens; assistance with the field research of Danau Girang researchers, and service learning activities undertaken to further the goals of the Center.
This course takes an experiential learning approach in which the student is exposed to a range of learning opportunities, and is responsible for his or her personal learning and growth. Learning occurs through keen observation, listening, questioning, note-taking, and synthesis. Our goal is that students advance in their ability to analyze, synthesize, and effectively communicate about complex issues, including:
For more information about this program, contact Michele Justice.
(includes: lodging, most meals, ground transportation, excursions, etc.)
Total Program Cost Estimate: $4,319 (undergraduate); $4,511 (graduate)