skip to primary navigationskip to content

Tropical Field Course

Organiser:  Dr Ed Turner

Dates:  TBC

You can get a glimpse of the activities of the 2018-19  Panama field course via our Instagram account or by reading a student's account of the trip.


Danum ValleyIn September 2019, the Department will be running the second Part II field course in Sabah, Malaysia. Participants will carry 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 will also visit more disturbed forest areas and oil palm plantations, to understand the impacts of habitat change. Other highlights will be visits to ecotourism sites, to learn more about ongoing efforts to conserve species diversity in the region.

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, Part IB Animal Biology and Part IA Evolution and Behaviour, and biological fieldwork experience from field courses or similar opportunities. An online application process will be announced later in the year.


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. We, therefore, are aiming for a per-student cost of £600 which we hope will be covered in part by your college in most cases. 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.