Through an online field school offered jointly by the Institute for Field Research and the Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF), you will be virtually transported to the tropical rainforests of Borneo to learn the latest techniques in primate research and conservation. BNF works to protect some of the most important tropical rainforests in Borneo by conducting wide-ranging biodiversity and forestry research to make the case for conservation and to demonstrate and mitigate the impact of human activities. The expansive peat deposits of the Sebangau Forest in Borneo make it one of the world’s largest terrestrial carbon stores in the world. This tropical peat-swamp forest and other crucial rainforests in Borneo support globally-significant populations of several endangered primate species.
This online course focuses on the behavior, ecology and conservation of three sympatric Bornean primate species in a tropical peat-swamp forest: orangutans, gibbons and red langurs. Students will investigate primate behavior, including diet, patterns of activity, ranging and social behavior. During the 10-day course, students will learn different field techniques for monitoring primate populations, including the use of camera traps, and they will work with real data to practice methods for analyzing and interpreting these data. Students will also explore the challenges and potential solutions for Borneo primate conservation. BNF directors who have a combined 20+ years of primate research experience in Borneo will lead instruction and share their personal experiences, explaining the realities of a field researcher in a tropical environment. Comprising a combination of online lessons, practical exercises, and discussion groups, this virtual program will immerse students in the primatology world.