IBEC is one of the earliest institutes

within Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

Established in 1995 when the term ‘biodiversity’ was newly coined, and is strategically placed in the heart of South East Asia. Located amid rich tropical diversity, of microbes, plants and animals, the Institute aims to promote research and exploration of tropical biodiversity, here in Borneo and elsewhere, using innovative techniques, and aid inspirational teaching as well as policy-making for its conservation and management and conducting consultancies on these topics.

The Institute is equipped with two modern laboratories, with facilities for ecological, systematic and molecular work, full-time staff for several areas in tropical biodiversity and conservation, and many distinguished research associates from all over the world.

Within the University, the team consistently receives accolades in terms of scientific publications, public outreach, media exposure, international linkages and research grants.
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Our Vision


Become a globally-recognized research center for biodiversity and environmental conservation.

Our Mission


To generate and disseminate knowledge in tropical biodiversity and environmental conservation, thereby supporting sustainable use of natural resources.

A leadership team with vision

Prof Dr Mohd Azlan Jayasilan bin Abdul Gulam Azad
Prof Dr Mohd Azlan Jayasilan bin Abdul Gulam AzadDirectorazlan@unimas.my
 Prof Dr Wong Sin Yeng
Prof Dr Wong Sin YengDeputy Directorsywong@unimas.my