Borneo: Course Details

Course Themes

  • Primate conservation
  • Introduction to the ecology of Southeast Asian rainforests
  • Inquiry-driven learning
  • Community-based conservation and participatory education
  • Public engagement in science

A typical day in Borneo is likely to include:

  • Study at field conservation sites
  • Lectures
  • Student-led discussions of key course topics
  • Engagement with local communities
  • Open inquiries
  • Journal writing


Straddling the Equator, the island of Borneo is divided between Malaysia and the Sultanate of Brunei in the north, and Indonesia in the south. Borneo’s unique plants and animals helped inspire the great 19th century naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace to formulate his theories on natural selection, concurrent with, but independent of, Darwin’s. Today, Borneo remains remarkably varied with more than 30 ethnic subgroups, some of the most species rich coral reefs on Earth, and a host of notable species such as Storm’s storks and flying frogs. Borneo is also under serious threat from a number of human activities including logging, mining, and large-scale rubber and palm oil plantations.

Dragonfly Workshops Web-Based Learning Community

Upon acceptance into the program, students will join instructors and classmates in DragonflyWorkshops’ collaborative Web community to complete pre-trip assignments. After returning home, students will continue to work in their Web-based community through early December to develop projects initiated in the field, discuss assignments, and exchange ideas. All students should expect to spend two to three hours a week contributing to their Web-Based Learning Community from their home or school computer. Navigating the Web platform is easy–it’s designed for people with no prior computer experience. To learn more about this unique Web experience, visit

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