Over the past two centuries, global industrialization and the explosive growth of the human population have greatly accelerated extinction of the Earth’s species. This rapid decline in Biological diversity is a great threat to the continuing survival of the species that remain, including humans, because it disturbs the balance of ecosystems. Biomedical and agricultural sciences also rely on natural products, successful exploitation and management of Biodiversity is directly linked to human welfare. There are a great number of government agencies and non-governmental organizations devoted to raising public awareness and improving policy on Biodiversity. Society has a pressing need to increase the supply of well-trained scientists in relevant fields who can work on these issues.
The TIGP Biodiversity Program offers a unique opportunity for aspiring young scientists to receive multidisciplinary training. The diverse ecosystems and the large number of endemic species in Taiwan are invaluable resources for the study of Biodiversity. In addition, the strong research teams in Academia Sinica and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) provide students with a broad range of expertise in areas such as ecology, evolution, genetics, statistics, and socio-economics. We expect our graduates to contribute to basic research that improves our understanding of Biological diversity in Taiwan and the surrounding areas, and ultimately, to influence public policies for the conservation and sustainability of Biological resources.
Dr. Sheng-Feng Shen 沈聖峰研究員
Biodiversity Research Center