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Department of Zoology


Tropical Field Course

Organiser:  Dr Ed Turner

Dates:  3 - 17 September 2019

In September 2019, the Department ran the second Part II tropical field course.  This time it was held in Sabah, Malaysia. Participants carried out their own week-long research projects in primary forest, giving them the chance to experience and study some of the extraordinary biodiversity of tropical rainforests first hand. The course also visited more disturbed forest areas and oil palm plantations, to understand the impacts of habitat change. Other highlights included visits to ecotourism sites, to learn more about ongoing efforts to conserve species diversity in the region. In addition to our Part II students, several students from Universiti Malaysia Sabah also be attended the course.

You can follow the live Twitter feed here!

How to apply

The course will be open to students taking Part II Zoology and Plant Sciences, but there will be limited places available. The selection process will take into account student attendance on relevant courses in the earlier part of the Tripos, notably Part IB Ecology, Evolution & Conservation,  Part IB Evolution & Animal Diversity and Part IA Evolution and Behaviour, and biological fieldwork experience from field courses or similar opportunities. 

The online application form for the 2020 field course will be available towards the end of Michaelmas Term 2019.


We are committed to ensure that no student is deterred from taking the course for financial reasons. We have obtained some limited funding to support the course courtesy of the GCGT Trust and are therefore aiming for a per-student cost of £600. In most cases your college should be able to contribute funds to cover part of these costs so please do get in touch with your Tutorial office. We will be able to provide some additional hardship support for exceptional cases.

Carbon offsetting

Costs would include carbon offsetting of flights. We will use a well-documented offset project which helps protect biodiversity as well as sequester carbon, and take advantage of this to teach the students about the principle involved.     




Last year's Borneo Field Course

You can get a glimpse of the activities of the 2019 Borneo field course via our Instagram account.