Ecofieldtrips Pte Ltd offers university students the opportunity to carry out their dissertation project in a number of tropical ecosystems within Malaysia & Indonesia. We provide a structured framework for students to carry out a successful independent research project of their own design, ensuring projects provide vital research experience for students whilst also producing meaningful results of direct benefit to the conservation of unique ecosystems.

Our qualified & experienced staff provide in-depth guidance from initial development of a research question to data collection and analysis. Under the guidance of our resident biologists, geographers and marine scientists we help students from concept to completion of their dream research project. 

Potential Research Themes

Sustainable Aquaculture – LINI:

LINI is the first and only local NGO working on the development of sustainable marine ornamental fisheries in Indonesia. LINI support the conservation and management of marine ornamental fisheries throughout Indonesia. In partnership with them, Ecofieldtrips can facilitate projects including but not limited to: coral re-plantation success, artificial reef studies, ornamental fish catches and fish stock growth rates. Study an exciting new integrated, multi-trophic aquaculture facility and provide important information for LINI to continue to improve the success of this community based conservation project.

Human Wildlife Interface – Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest:

The Sacred Monkey Forest at Ubud is one of Bali's most famous tourist attractions. Combining 700 year old Hindu temples, still in use today, with the highest density of Long-Tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis) in the world, nature and civilization converge in just 10 hectares of the Balinese countryside. With humans and macaques in such close contact, the resulting human-wildlife interface is of great significance. Our projects here aim to identify and understand key factors that contribute to this interface in an effort to better inform management practices and reduce the potential for human-wildlife conflict.

Seagrass Meadow Health – Serangan:

Serangan Island, off the coast of Bali, possesses seagrass meadows all along its Eastern side. These meadows are almost completely unstudied, yet exist under constant threat from Bali's ever expanding tourism industry. Following a successful first year of the project which provided a baseline understanding of what this ecosystem contains, we are now moving towards the establishment of a long term monitoring programme. The aim is to use this to assess the health of the seagrass meadows and to help target research in to the areas of interest or concern.

Tropical Rainforest - Tioman Island:

Tiomans extinct volcano, Gunung Kajang, has created a highly variable topography ranging from sheer slopes down to gentle foothills. This rugged terrain means a lot of the island’s natural vegetative cover is largely untouched and protects Tiomans high levels of endemic species and sub-species, as well as thriving populations of globally threatened species.                                                                                     The incredible flora and fauna extends through rainforest, reef, mangrove and seashore environments across the island, and presents ideal opportunity for outstanding research projects.  Paradoxically, the pristine natural environment of Tioman is its own downfall, with numerous developmental projects for tourism proposed. Individual research projects can be made highly applicable to current conservation issues throughout South East Asia. Previous projects have tackled these issues in terms of animal behaviour, species interactions, population ecology and more. Potential projects include studying the successional ecology of Tioman as well as studying specific species such as butterflies, lizards, gastropods or fiddler crabs.

Marine ecosystems - Bali, Lombok and Tioman: 

Our marine sites within Indonesia and Malaysia are situated in some of the most outstanding areas of marine biodiversity in the world. Playing host to an incredible array of coral reefs and unique ecosystems means there are many options for interesting research topics. These include but are not limited to: island biogeography, host selection in blue streaked cleaner wrasse, behavioural plasticity in butterflyfish as well as studies on parrot fish, grouper, giant clams, padina and coral reef monitoring.


What do we offer?

As part of the dissertation programme, our staff work with you from concept to completion to ensure your project is the very best it can be. This includes:

  • Guidance from our team prior to arrival in finalising your project ideas.

  • A relevant in-country supervisor from our range of qualified staff to provide in depth inductions, as well as technical and logistical support when in the field.

  •  Project support during the write up process.

  •  Introduction to the project upon arrival as well as statistics and data analysis workshops. 

  •  Options to extend the trip with other activities after data collection is completed.

Additional Activities

From our base locations we offer a range of additional activities that can be incorporated in to your trip to compliment your data collection and give you a broader experience of tropical ecology and the culture of the area. There is the chance to dive on the pristine reefs within the coral triangle as well as climb active volcanoes, go white water rafting and take part in other adventure activities. 

Who Can Apply?

Students in their 2nd year at UK universities looking to carry out their dissertations during Summer 2019. Students at other universities, or those looking to gain experience of carrying out research projects in tropical ecology can also apply. 

For more information or to discuss how Ecofieldtrips Pte Ltd can help turn your project ideas in to a reality, please email


Our 4 week programmes are priced between £1,250 & £1,350 dependent on location.  The price includes: all equipment & supervision throughout the course, full board accomodation and all local transportation in Asia. 

Students will be required to provide their own flights and travel insurance as well as ensuring they have the necessary visas.

"Long-tailed Macaque Behaviour in Response to Increasing Human Impacts”

A study looking in to the behaviour and troop dynamics of 2 troops of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) living on the fringes of villages on Tioman Island, Malaysia with differing levels of human impact. The rationale was to identify potential human-wildlife conflict issues that may arise from the continued expansion of villages due to tourism.


 "Island Biogeography in Marine Ecosystems"

Examining biodiversity of coral bommies (islands) in relation to their distance from the parent reef (mainland). The project tested the application of island biogeography theory on a reef scale as well as the importance of bommies in terms of reef connectivity and refuge for juvenile fish. 

"Cleaner Wrasse Host Selection"

Examining the level to which the mutualism between Blue streak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) and other reef fish is expressed. The aim was to investigate how host selection may be dictated by differences in on-host parasite availability, host aggression and competition. 


"Behavioural Plasticity in    Butterflyfish "

Determining the extent to which butterfly fish alter their feeding habits in response to changes in food availability. This was combined with an assessment of how these feeding habits may be used in the application of butterflyfish as reef health indicators.

"Ecology of Rattan"

Examining the abundance of rattan in the secondary forest on Tioman Island, Malaysia to determine the sustainability of harvest for this high economic value forest industry crop.

"Sapling and Seedling Regeneration in the Tropical Rainforest"

Investigation in to the effect of seed rain on seedling and sapling recruitment to the understory. The focus of the project examined the potential for regeneration of secondary tropical rainforest.