The world faces a crisis risking extinction of species through global warming and other anthropogenic impacts. Due to e.g., changes in land use and destruction of habitats, tropical rainforests and woodlands, mangrove forests and coral reefs are disappearing and with them ecosystem functions, goods and services on which human populations depend. In order to conserve nature, to manage or to rehabilitate tropical biodiversity and ecosystems in an era of uncertainty, we must understand spatial and temporal patterns in tropical biodiversity, study how organisms interact with their environment and how they respond to perturbations and change, and assess utilisation patterns, management and governance systems. This is dealt with in this unique masters programme combining theory, practice and independent research.


  • ULB
    Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

  • VUB
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)

  • SU
    Sorbonne Université (France)

  • MNHN
    Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (France)

    Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)

  • UdG
    Université de la Guyane Française (French Guiana)

  • UdA
    Université des Antilles (Guadeloupe)

  • UDsch
    Université de Dschang (Cameroon)

  • TUM
    Technical University of Mombasa (Kenya)

    Universite d Antananarivo (Madagascar)

  • UNIRé
    Université de La Réunion (Reunion Island)

  • RUH
    University of Ruhuna (Sri Lanka)

  • UMT
    Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (Malaysia)

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TROPIMUNDO is an EC-funded and excellence-labelled Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems. We aim to bring together expert Higher Education Institutes (HEI), with long-standing worldwide expertise in tropical rainforests and woodlands and in tropical coastal ecosystems. TROPIMUNDO students can concentrate on botany, zoology and integrative ecosystem approaches in institutions with and beyond Europe in 2 Master years, of which an entire semester is spent in the tropics. Specialisation is possible on the evolution of tropical flora and vegetation, on faunistic assemblages, on informatics tools to treat and manage biodiversity data and databases (biogeographical, genetical, geographical information systems) including the management and conservation of historic collections such as herbarium sheets, on the study of diversity, dynamics and evolution of tropical and subtropical ecosystems (with a focus on four related systems, namely tropical rainforests and woodlands, mangrove forests, seagrass beds and coral reefs, including the interactions between flora, fauna, man and the environment within and between each of these adjacent ecosystems), on conservation and restoration ecology of natural habitats and their biodiversity including competences in sustainable management and governance of biodiversity, and finally, on tropical ethnobotany, exploitation and valorisation of natural resources and conservation of traditional ecological knowledge.

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Sri Lanka
French Guyana


The scholarship call was open untill 17/01/2022. 

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The first TROPIMUNDO call is for scholarship seekers or self-funded applicants and will be evaluated as a batch within one month after the submission deadline of 17/01/2022. If available places remain a second call will be opened and applications will be treated on a first come first served basis. If applicable, the second call for TROPIMUNDO applications from self-funded applicants from all countries will be open until the deadline of 30 April of 2022. After this date the call will remain open only for self-funded applicants from Programme Countries until 15 June 2022. The second call will remain open until all available places have been attributed.

Admissions may be done conditional of obtaining a Bachelor diploma or language proof before the start of the academic year.

The next scholarship call or applicants intending to start in academic year 2023-2024 is expected to open in October 2022.

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Core values

  • A unique course program that maximises radiation of the long-standing experience and the scientific excellence of the Higher Education Institutes constitutin gthe TROPIMUNDO Consortium and that leads to a joint degree;
  • A mobility within Europe pluss a unique full semester mobility in situ including both classroom and field courses in the Caribbean, Amazonian, African, or Asian wet tropics at participating universities;
  • A clear study Trajectory in which fundamental understanding of one or multiple most-threatened ecosystems, or their components (incl. biota and abiotic factors and humans), is followed by research tools to study, understand, and manage them with the aim of biological conservation;
  • A full semester MSc Thesis research in collaboration with one or more TROPIMUNDO Full or Associate Partners (see below)
  • Intensive contact with different cultures and languages, which stimulates content and language integrated learning.

Joint Master Degree

Upon graduation students will be awarded a Joint Master degree by the European institutes visited by the student. In addition, each student will receive a Europass Certificate signed by all participating higher education institutes involved.

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Basic student requirements

  • An internationally accepted Bachelor in Science degree (i.e. equivalent to 180 ECTS) with a major in Biology, Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or equivalent from an accredited university. Prospective applicants should check the FAQ to see which BSc are likely to be considered equivalent and which are not;
  • Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English or in English + French. However, in the 1st and 3rd semester extra-curricular language courses are offered to improve language skills needed on the student's study Trajectory. More information on language requirements can be found in the online Application, Information and Management Tool (AIM-tool);
  • A personal evaluation of the applications will be done by the Selection Committee composed of all Local Coordinators.

Trajectory in 4 semesters

The consortium is composed of 8 institutes in Programme Countries (European) and 5 higher education institutes in Partner Countries (non-European). In a first semester, students start at a European institute of their choice to acquire similar competences. In a second semester field experience and courses will take place in a university in a tropical region. The third semester will cover a specialisation in a European university different from the first semester. The fourth semester is dedicated to the MSc Thesis and students return to where they started out. Every Trajectory of 4 semesters constitutes a unique combination of courses and expertises.
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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are 9,000 EUR per year for students from Partner countries (largely outside Europe) and 4,500 EUR per year for students from Programme countries (largely European). Self-funded students will receive a restitution of 500 EUR for each 4500 EUR paid. Tuition fees are to be paid to the coordinating institute an include consortium enrolment fees and the insurance cost. The tuition fees do not include costs related to visa and preparatory documents, accommodation, additional insurance costs, living expenses and travel and transportation costs. However, EC-funded students have additional cost coverage.Find more information here.


TROPIMUNDO Candidates can also apply for anEC scholarshipopen to applicants from all nationalities. Applications are scrutinised based on excellence criteria (see below).

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Awards & Laureates

TROPIMUNDO awards two annual prizes:
  • The TROPIMUNDO Best Student Award, awarded to the student with the highest overall course average.
  • The Lorenzo Borella Memorial Award, awarded to the student with the highest thesis mark. The eponymy is in loving memory of the TROPIMUNDO alumnus Lorenzo Borella and is described here in English, Italian, French and Dutch). This award was originally named the TROPIMUNDO Best Thesis Award.
External prizes awarded to TROPIMUNDO theses are also indicated below.

2021 Laureates:
Kristine BUENAFE(TROPIMUNDO Best Student Award)
Anne Marieke de GEEST(Lorenzo Borella Memorial Award)

2020 Laureates:
(Lorenzo Borella Memorial Award)

2019 Laureates:
Maël DORE (TROPIMUNDO Best Student Award)
(Lorenzo Borella Memorial Award)
Ilke GELADI (Public Prize of theJacques Kets Award)
Rafaela DE ALBUQUERQUE RIBEIRO(VLIZ Master Thesis Award)

2018 Laureates:

James HAGAN (TROPIMUNDO Best Student Award)
Thomas LUYPAERT (Lorenzo Borella Memorial Award andJacques Kets Award)
Meenakshi SHANKAR POTI (VLIZ Master Thesis Award)
Liam LACHS (VLIZ Master Thesis Award)

2017 Laureates:
Catherine TURNER (TROPIMUNDO Best Student Award)
Elena QUINTERO BORRERO (Lorenzo Borella Memorial Award)

2016 Laureates:
Barbara HENDUS (TROPIMUNDO Best Student Award)
João NUNES DE MATOS FARMINHAO (Lorenzo Borella Memorial Award)

2015 Laureates:
Mathil VANDROMME (TROPIMUNDO Best Student Award)

Students & Alumni

TROPIMUNDO students and alumni have the opportunity to become a member of the Erasmus Mundus Association - EMA.

2021 TROPIMUNDO Graduates

Name Country Thesis title
ASANTE, Frederick Bench-marking the value of mangrove ecosystem goods and services in Ghana
BOCANEGRA SANCHEZ, Victor Changes in mangrove forest cover along the Fonseca Gulf in the Pacific coast of Honduras since 1974 to 2021 using satellite imagery
BOUEIZ, Maya A pelagic marine reserve network in the Pacific Ocean that best protects critical habitats
BUENAFE, Kristine Benefits and costs to pelagic fisheries of conservation-sensitive, climate-smart closures in the Pacific Ocean
CHEN, Danyang Historical forestry for charcoal trade in Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, Malaysia
CUINAT-GUERRAZ, Soline Mammalio-limnology: exploring the structuring role of large mammals in pond landscapes
de GEEST, Anne Marieke Simulating failure scenarios of an overburden stockpile at the Grasberg mine, Papua, using AW3D30 and Gravitational Process Paths
DOURADO BATISTA, Carlos Assessing man-ecosystem relationships between Caiçara traditional communities and Mangroves affected by extreme events and COVID-19 in the southeastern of Brazil
FERNANDEZ MATO, Pol Biotic and abiotic environment explains genetic variation in an ancient, widespread tropical rainforest tree
GARCIA VALDEZ, Fernanda The complex of Ficus thonningii Blume in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: a numerical taxonomic approach
GILBERT, Molly Sleeping tree selection and camouflage potential in the nocturnal and gliding Sunda colugos (Galeopterus variegatus) from Langkawi Island, Malaysia
GUILLEMINOT, Julie  Changing small islands: tourism conservation interactions in Pulau Kapas, Terengganu, Malaysia, through the combination of Social Network Analysis and Q methodology
JAAFAR, Ridwan The big picture: Disentangling drivers of dung nutrient stoichiometry of mammalian herbivores in African savannas
LEONG AI TING, Rachel Human dimensions of bat conservation in view of the COVID-19 pandemic – an urban perspective
MEYERS, Barbara Distribution of arbuscular versus ectomycorrhizal associations in tropical ecosystems and their differential role on the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles and soil enzyme activity
MILJEVIC, Iva  Chemical assay and anatomical localization of terpenoids in Encephalartos spp. (Zamiaceae)
 NGENDAHIMANA, Ephrem Mangrove ecosystem functions, goods, and services in Southern and North-western Sri Lanka; insight towards ethnobiology and mangrove conservation
 OFORI, Samuel Mangrove and lagoon ecosystem degradation caused by shrimp farming in the Pambala-Chilaw Lagoon Complex, Sri Lanka
 OSBORN, Amanda Seagrass survival strategy in Peninsular Malaysia: A multi-species investigation of reproduction and dispersal
 RIDDER, Grace Possibilities and limitations of hierarchical modeling of species communities to uncover the climate niches of African tree species
 SAHA, Anik Evolution of crustaceans' genome size: a role for eco-physiological and life-history traits?
SERNA RODRIGUEZ, Karen Melissa Socio-ecological sustainability of fishery systems in Sri Lanka: A view from fishers perspective
 SOUZA DE AZEVEDO, Victor Evaluating habitat loss of giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) populations in South America regarding fires and deforestation: a meta-analysis
 VAN de SANDE, Eliza Do symbiotic relationships influence feeding in insectivorous Nepenthes plants?
 VANEGAS GONZALES, Maria Juliana Evaluation of the sexual reproductive characteristics and spawning of Acropora species in Pulau Bidong, Malaysia
 VARGAS RIVERA, Gersey Remote, but connected: The COxI haplotypes of five widespread butterflies of the remote Azores archipelago

2020 TROPIMUNDO Graduates

Name Country Thesis title
AFFHOLDER, Oscar The effects of anthropization on the French Guyana forest dung beetles’ communities
AGNIHOTRI, Ananya Studying variation in the morphological traits of Estrilda astrild with climate and environment across Sub-Saharan Africa
BARMAN, Sanzib Effects of different nitrogen concentrations on the growth and proximate composition of Tetraselmis chuii
BOURGES, Aymeric King cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) envenomation, functional venomics and antivenom neutralization: A status quo review
BRÖRKEN, Charlotte Mainstreaming biodiversity in development co-operation: Impact of international governance dynamics on provider strategies
CHEUNG, Cheuk Yiu The feeding ecology and behaviour of Haberma tingkok Cannicci & Ng, 2017, with a review on phylogeny of tree-climbing mangrove crabs
DERVAUX, Brieuc Chemical ecology of lone and cluster nesting social wasps in the tropical rainforest
DOMINGUEZ MARTINEZ, Rosa Mar Conservation of the high seas: designing climate-smart reserves in the Indian Ocean
DUCRET, Hugo Genetic population structure of Clark's Anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii) and phylogeographic comparison with three congeners in the Indo-Malay Archipelago
GIRARD--ANG, Thaïs  Evolution and biogeography of Palmkings and Jungle Queens (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae: Amathusiini)
KLEIN, Jan Lukas Floristic diversity patterns in Western Central Africa: A new forest typology for Gabon
LEWANDOWSKI, Sacha Heavy metals pollution profiles in selected upland tributaries of Sri Lanka; insight into sources and health risk with particular emphasis on Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown aetiology (CKDu)
NÈVE DE MÉVERGNIES, Thibault Tackling the African weaver ants’ interspecific interactions in Senegalese mango orchards to optimize their biological control potential
SAUVAIRE, Maxime Long term monitoring of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) nesting at Chagar Hutang, Redang Island, Malaysia: morphometry and reproductive output
TEIMOORY, Hossein Spatial distribution of heavy metals in water area and surface sediments of the Kalametiya Lagoon in Sri Lanka and accumulation of heavy metals by Typha angustifolia; Eco-sustainable phytoremediation for wetland management
TULEY, Lucy  Investigating ontogenetic shifts in the diets of dugongs using stable isotope analysis of tusk collagen
VAN WEYNBERGH, Marianne  From egg to adult: Larval host plant use by three Danaines (Lepidoptera) in Australia
WARD, Abigail Assessing the potential of marine fish and parasite transfer across the Panama Canal

2019 TROPIMUNDO Graduates

Name Country Thesis title
AL-SAADI, Athraa Biosynthesis, chemical and molecular characterization of polyhydroxyalkanoates produced by new bacterial strains isolated from Redang and Bidong islands in Terengganu, Malaysia
ALAYA JOYA, Laura Melisa Promoting dialog among stakeholders and surrounding communities in the framework of socio-ecological resilience: A case study in the Serranía de los Yariguíes, Santander, Colombia
ALEMU, Solomon Chanie Abundance and foraging ecology of Black-and-white colobus monkey (Colobus guereza) in Nech Sar National Park, Ethiopia
BORDBAR, Farzaneh The alien flora of the Democratic Republic of the Congo: taxonomic composition, origin, mode of introduction and functional traits
BROHOLM, Tessa Spatial ecology and population size of Oreophrynella quelchii on Roraima-tepui, Guyana
CHEVALIER, Valentin Phenology of acoustic communities: analysis of two contrasted seasons in New-Caledonia
CHONG, Ho Yee Fiona Ecological functioning of mangroves: a biological traits analysis
DE ALBUQUERQUE RIBEIRO, Rafaela Designing climate-proof marine protected areas: a case study in South America
DORE, Maël Effects of Müllerian mimicry on community composition and climatic niche evolution in Neotropical butterflies
GELADI, Ilke Galapagos landbirds and agriculture: Assessing the potential for working landscapes in the agricultural zone of Santa Cruz, Galapagos
GOPALAKRISHNAN, Lavaniadevi Using historical records and Landsat imageries to explore the changes in mangrove cover in Peninsular Malaysia
KHATTAR, Jennifer An interdisciplinary approach on exploring the perspectives of plant intelligence
M. TAWFEEQ, Mohammed Characterization of culturable bacterial communities associated with cage cultured fish under different stocking densities in Setiu Wetlands, Terengganu, Malaysia
MANZI, Olivier Jean Léonce Impacts of human activities on the forest-savanna ecotone: plant successions of Poaceae in malagasy savannas and the dynamics of a palm “Bismarckia nobilis Hildebrandt & H. Wendl”
MCINTOSH, Ophélie The phylogenetic and molecular patterns of the reflectin protein family in coleoid cephalopod species
RAO, Manisha Narayan Comparing communities of Arauca, Colombia, based on their relationship with natural resources and perceptions of conservation initiatives
SALIU, Ibrahim The forester, the pilot and the geometer: an accuracy analysis of tree heights measured using forestry techniques, UAV and hypsometers (in tropical and temperate trees)
SHAIKH, Mohammed Hisham The control of the cnidarian host, Exaiptasia pallida, over proliferation of its algal endosymbiont, Breviolum minutum
TSAI, Dino Chueh Yu Efficacy of tissue culture-based in vitro screening method for drought tolerance in Mung beau (Vigna radiata l.): a preliminary investigation
WOLSWIJK, Giovanna Distribution of mercury in sediments, plant and animal tissues in Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, Malaysia

2018 TROPIMUNDO Graduates

Name Country Thesis title
AUDA, Emeline The effect of forest anthropization on the activity budget, postural and locomotor behaviours in a forest lemur
BANSE, Marine Thermal performance curves of tadpoles from populations of different elevations of the Andean poison frog Epipedobates anthonyi
BATEN, MD Abdul The Sundarbans mangroves as social-ecological system: a case-study on ecosystem functions, goods and services in Satkhira District, Bangladesh
BELANGER, Noémie Evaluating the relative importance of different larval habitats for cacao pollinators in cacao agroforestry systems in Nicaragua
CAIRO, Milena The foraging effort during migration and breeding of a partial migrator: the wandering albatross
CHOWDHURY, Zinat Emergent traits of social immunity in primitively eu-social hover wasps (Hymenoptera: Stenogastrinae)
DE ANDRADE SCALABRIN, Camila Utilization of fishing resources and mangrove wood products in Mamanguape River Estuary (MRE), Northeastern Brazil
DE BETHUNE, Stef Management regimes linking man and mammals in the Dja Conservation Complex, Cameroon
DURRINGTON, Benjamin Specificity of tropical ectomycorrhizas and plant hosts along a phosphorus gradient
EVERS, Sophie Human-wildlife conflicts: a behavioural study using animal sounds to deter chacma baboons (Papio ursinus)
FIORINI TORRICO, Roberto Evaluating the importance of the golden-headed lion tamarins for the seed dispersal of fruiting trees in South Bahia, Brazil
GAWRA, Janan An update to the phylogeography of Symphonia globulifera L. f. (Clusiaceae) in tropical Africa
HAGAN, James Increased late season rainfall has limited effects on winter annual communities during drought
HARIRI, Mehran Investigating the antidiabetic properties of mangrove plant species and identifying causative genes for diabetes using CRISPR-cas9 in a zebrafish model system
HEWITT, Olivia Larvae under the light: Response of bacterial symbionts in larvae of the coral reef sponge Amphimedon queenslandica to varying environmental light regimes
JEBESSA, Fikadu Termite species diversity and their ecological role at Wenago indigenous agroforestry, Ethiopia
KARSSA, Tiruha Cultivation of Arthrospira strains in tropical conditions, with particular reference to Ethiopia
LACHS, Liam Sewage-derived resort runoff threatens coral reefs? A pilot isotopic assessment of nitrogen at Pulau Redang, Malaysia
LIBRIO, Martina Soil fertility in a semi-arid region: role of Prosopis laevigata and perception of the indigenous people of the Mezquital Valley, Mexico
LUYPAERT, Thomas Wildlife response to no-take zone establishment in the tropical rainforests of New Guinea
McCARTHY, Morgan Reading the bones – how archived skulls can inform temporal genetic variation in central Queensland’s dugong population
MICKLEM, Jessica Ticking the boxes but not meeting the goal? An assessment of management interventions for green turtle snorkelling tourism in Apo Island, a marine protected area in the Philippines
MONDRAGON BOTERO, Gladys Ariadna Forest structure, composition and functional diversity of a tropical dry gallery forest at Berenty Reserve, Madagascar.
MUMU, Nazia Estimating the growth rate of immature stages and indirect effect of climate change on the development and fecundity of Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
OÑATE CASADO, Javier Effect of tidal surface currents on the offshore hatchlings dispersion. A comparative study among green and hawksbill turtles on Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary, Pulau Redang, Malaysia.
PETERS, Laura Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) as a top predator in Trinidad: factors influencing occupancy across habitats
PUNTIN, Giulia Use of stable isotopes to investigate nutrient dynamics in the zooxanthellate jellyfish Cassiopea xamachana
RANDRIANIAINA, Heritiana Ethnoecology and analysis of the effectiveness of community-based mangrove management (CBMM): a case study of the Andrevo and Ambondrolava mangroves in southwestern Madagascar.
SAKHALKAR, Sailee The effect of distance to nearest neighbour on the behaviour of pollinator Epicephala sp. within a leafflower–leafflower moth (Glochidion hohenackeriEpicephala sp.) obligate brood-site mutualism system
SARKER, Kishore Comparative analysis of the population genetic diversity and structure of Avicennia alba and Avicennia marina in Peninsular Malaysia
SHANKAR POTI, Meenakshi Conservation and consumption of sea turtle eggs in Redang Island, Peninsular Malaysia
SIRIEYS, Auxane Koala home range across Australia: a synthesis informing landscape design
TALUKDER, Rasendra Source identification and ecological risk assessment of heavy metal pollution in sediments of Setiu Wetland, Malaysia.
URRUTIA SANCHEZ, Miguel Reading the signs: variation in growth and mortality rates in the tropical rainforests of French Guiana

2017 TROPIMUNDO Graduates

Name Country Thesis title
AGUIRRE-ALCOLEA, Rosa A step into the unknown: a first survey of the koinocystidid (Rhabdocoela: Kalyptorhynchia: Koinocystididae) microturbellarians of Cuba
BALDUCCIO, Nadia Distribution and habitat preferences of the Critically Endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda) in the Utcubamba Province, Peru
BAZZICALUPO, Enrico The origin of the Mediterranean population of the tropical sea slug Bursatella leachii: reconstruction of its phylogeny and population dynamics
BONNEFOND, Anaïs Are tropical anurans able to adjust their calling behavior to changing hydric environments?
CARMINATTI WENCESLAU, José 24 years of green turtle´s (Chelonia mydas) conservation in Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary, Redang Island, Malaysia: Effects of recruitment, ENSO and EAWM
CHAMBON, Mouna Sustainability assessment of the management of the populations of Bismarckia nobilis Hildebr. and H.Wendl. in relation to global changes in the protected area of Antrema, Madagascar
COLLINS, Laura Support base for discourses on mangrove forests in Singapore and assessment of (mis)matches with management and regulations
de LAAGE de MEUX, Raphaël Outils moléculaires de traçabilité pour l’élevage du charançon des palmiers en Afrique tropicale
EDE, Antoine Wildlife and human interactions on the edge of an African National park: Case study of Kibale National park, Uganda
FERNANDEZ PRADEL, Mirna Drivers of diversity patterns in bromeliad aquatic communities along an elevational gradient in the Tropical Andes
HOSSAIN, Mohammad Mosarof Integrated assessment of mangrove ecosystem services in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh: focus on fisheries and timber
HIRWA, Jean-Paul Interactions among large mammals feeding on Astrocaryum standleyanum fruit on Barro Colorado Island, Panama
INJIGU, Berhanu Gebrekidan Biodiversity of phytoplankton and zooplankton communities in a tropical crater lake (Lake Hora, Ethiopia): The role of macrophyte habitats
JAGANNATHAN, Suneha Understanding diver perceptions of coral reef health
LACARRA, Emile Etude de la complémentarité fonctionnelle de diverses espèces de champignons mycorhiziens à arbuscules pour l'adaptation des plantes au sol ultramafique. Application à la restauration écologique
MARTINEZ ESPINOSA, Columba Assessment of local stakeholder perceptions and crab community analysis as key components to understand the sustainability of the social-ecological system of Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve
NGUYEN, Viet Anh Remote sensing and GIS application for monitoring invasive Merremia eberhardtii species in Son Tra natural reserve, Vietnam
QUINTERRO BORRERO, Elena The effectiveness of fruits as a resource for seed-dispersing birds in the Atlantic rainforest
SANCHEZ ORTIZ, Tania Seed dispersal effectiveness of Pachycereus weberi in south-central Mexico
TURNER, Catherine You can’t ignore your neighbours: Context dependent habitat selection amongst bromeliad infaunal communities

2016 TROPIMUNDO Graduates

Name Country Thesis title
AMOUSSOU, Biowa Eldys  Using species distribution modelling to predict the impact of climate change on the distribution of non-timber forest products in tropical Africa
BEN SAADI, Celina Prey catch selectivity and pitcher infaunal community composition in two Nepenthes species in Peninsular Malaysia.
BORELLA, Lorenzo Population structure and exploitation of Blacktip Reef Sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) from Redang and Bidong, Islands of Terengganu, Malaysia
BUTLER, Eleanor Using the FRAP method to detect early stress responses in two scleractinian corals
CIPRIANI, Vittoria Is the dietary variation related to changes of the venom composition in the Australian brown snakes (Pseudonaja sp.)?
de MESTIER du BOURG, Astrid Study of the variation of scents emitted by the palm tree: Chamaerops humilis and characterization of the spatial genetic structure within and among populations
DURAN RODRIGUEZ, Gisela Exploring links between climate and diversity patterns in tank bromeliads in Mexico
EMIRU, Kassu Tesfaye Fine-scale spatial genetic structure and diversity of Cyperus papyrus populations: a case of human impacted Cheleleka swamp (Ethiopia)
GABORIAUD, Clémentine An analysis of green turtle tagging and nesting data from Redang Island, Terengganu Malaysia
GOLDENBERG, Jonathan Venom variation in Australian Black Snakes (Pseudechis sp.). An ecological and proteomics approach
GUILLEN OTERO, Thais Diversity and functionality of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: A comparison between restored and natural ecosystems in ultramafic soils of New Caledonia. Application to ecological restoration.
HENDUS, Barbara Exploring links between bat colonies and invertebrate biodiversity in tropical cave systems – a case study with closed cenotes in Yucatán, México
IZABAL MARTINEZ, Juan Domingo Spatio-temporal variability of sea surface temperature and chlorophyll-a in the Southern South China Sea based on long-term (2005-2015) MODIS satellite data
KAVAK, Pinar Climate-based changes in net primary productivity (NPP) over forest ecosystems in Peninsular Malaysia
MAHMUD, Anisul Islam Population estimation and behavioral patterns of Irrawaddy dolphins, Orcaella brevirostris (Owen in Gray 1866) in the Brunei Bay, Malaysia
NORTHCOTE, Sally-Jane Behavioural ontogeny, communication and social interactions between Humpback Whale Mother and Calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) during the breeding period in the Indian Ocean.
NUNES DE MATOS FARMINÃO, João To lump or not to lump: revisiting the taxonomy of Rhipidoglossum and its allied genera Cribbia, Margelliantha, and Rhaesteria (Angraecinae, Orchidaceae)
REBOREDO SEGOVIA, Ana Laura Eyes on the equator: conservation research effort in the tropics
RUWAIMANA, Monika Like a drone come true: Mapping of Mangroves in Setiu Wetland, Malaysia using ground-truth, satellite and drone imagery
SYLVESTER, Janelle Comparing seedling recruitment limitation among three methods of tropical forest restoration
TATIN, Yannick Diversity and pharmacology study of selected Zingiberaceae of Peninsular Malaysia
TOT, Adrian Hatching success and natural predators of green turtle (Chelonia mydas) eggs and hatchlings at Chagar Hutang, Redang Island, Terengganu, Malaysia
UDDIN, Mohammad Mazbah Is phytoremediation an ecosystem service? Heavy metal accumulation and partitioning of consumable and non - consumable mangroves of the Kelantan Delta, Peninsular Malaysia
VAN LEEUWEN, Pauline Biological collections as documentation for assessing the effects of environmental factors on altitudinal distribution and morphological variation of Nepalese amphibians

2015 TROPIMUNDO Graduates

Name Country Thesis title
ABRHA, Abadi The ecology of Harwood’s Francolin (Pternistis harwoodi) at Merhabete District, Central Ethiopia: implications for conservation
BRAVO GOUVEIA, Henrique Coral reef quality off the west coast of Unguja Island, Zanzibar
CAMPERIO CIANI, Giorgia Galapagos giant tortoises and farmers: coexistence or conflict?
CHAMBERS-OSTLER, Alexander The influence of fire and vegetation physiognomy on an ant-plant interaction in the Brazilian Cerrado
CLEMENT, Ysharda Climate variability and climate change in zooplankton off eastern Australia
DALCHAND, Deepshikha Assessing nearshore wave dynamics and their impact on coral reefs in the Ruvuma Region of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
GARCIA ABALOS, Carlos Knowledge and use of the ecosystem along different environmental and socioeconomic gradients in native and rural communities of the Peruvian Amazon: Matsés, Kandozi-Shapra and Allpahuayo-Mishana. Loreto region
JECMENICA, Vladimir Towards better taxonomic classification of the continental African Angraecum species from sections Conchoglossum and Afrangraecum (Orchidaceae)
KAMGA, Yanick Borel Modèles de différenciation d’Erythrophleum suaveolens, le long des gradients environnementaux au Cameroun
MAKSIMOVIC, Ana Mitigating the impact of the tropical tuna purse seine fisheries on Silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis): small scale behavioral analyses and future improvements in the protocol for video data acquisition in the purse seine net
MGELWA, Abubakari Said The variation of plants and birds diversity along an urbanization gradient in Arusha Region, Tanzania
MOLCHANOVA, Mariia Benthic diatoms assemblages in highlands of Ethiopia
MONTECINOS LLERENA, Daniel Links between forest degradation and metacommunity structure of bromeliad infauna in a Bolivian humid mountain forest
ROSCOE, Charlotte Supporting pollinator communities and supported by stakeholders? Measuring the ecological and social values of green roofs in Singapore
SAVAGE, Jessica The effects of a major marine heat wave on zooplankton communities: a case study of the 2010/11 events off Western Australia
SEID, Mohammed Adefa A survey on the diversity, abundance and vegetation structure of woody plant species in burial sites in Gobeya Rural Administrative of Tehuledere District, South Wollo, Ethiopia
VANDROMME, Mathil Disentangling drivers of alpha and beta diversity in bromeliad metacommunities along a tropical elevational gradient
VEGA GRAU, Adriana Soil macro invertebrates in understory forests under tropical exotic tree plantations
WYNS, Arthur Arrested succession in Costa Rican lowland secondary rainforest through a Dicranopteris pectinata understory

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ


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Participating universities and local coordinators

All institutes in the consortium are internationally-minded institutions with infrastructure, experience and proven results in servicing foreign students and scholars. The Local Coordinator, assisted by a Local Administrative Manager, will be the single contact point for students in all matters and will act as liaison between students and the administrative departments at their institution. All European institutes also have an International Relations Office that is used to guide foreign students and researchers, providing necessary material to help them find their way in the full program. The consortium aims to meet the highest quality requirements. More information on programme quality and evaluation is available from the Online Information and Application Module, or in case of additional questions not indicatd on the website, through e-mail (info@tropimundo.eu).


Associate partners

(in alphabetical order, contact details available to TROPIMUNDO staff and students)

Royal Museum for Central Africa (BE)

AgroParisTech (FR)

AMAP Sustainability (SE)

Biodiversity International (IT)

Botanic Garden Meise (BE)

Corporación para la Investigación in Ciencias Marinas Manejo de Recursos y Tecnología (CO)

Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique (FR)

CO2logic (BE)

Centre Universitaire de Formation et de Recherche de Mayotte (FR)

EtcTerra (FR)

Society for Tropical Ecology - gtö (DE)t

Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (FR)

Institut Français de Pondichéry (IN)

Instituto de Ecología (MX)

International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (JP)

Jimma University (ET)

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KE)

Kenya Wildlife Service (KE)      

King Abdallah university of Science and Technology (SA)

Mangrove Action Plan (US)

MangroveWatch (AU)

Malaysia Perak State Forestry Department (MY)

Malaysian Mokutan & Trading (MY)

Museo delle Scienze (IT)

National University of Singapore (SG)

Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (BE)

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (BE)

Smithsonian Institution - Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (US)

South-Eastern University (LK)

South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (ZA)

Sud Expert Plantes Développement Durable - SEP2D (FR)

Sustainable Bolivia (BO)

Sylhet Agricultural University (BD)

ULB Coopération (BE)

United States Geological Survey (US)

Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (PH)

Universidad Central del Ecuador (EC)

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (MX)

Universidad Nacional de Colombia (CO)

Universidad Nacional del Santa (PE)

Universidade Estadual Paulista (BR)

Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta (ID)

Universität Wien (AT)

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (MY)

University of California (US)

University of Hong Kong (HK)

Usense (BE)

Vlaams Instituut voor Technologisch Onderzoek (BE)

Flanders Marine Institute (BE)

Wetlands International (SN)

Zentrum für Mariene Tropenforschung
Leibniz Centre for Marine Tropical Research (DE)

Zanzibar Research Centre for Socio-Economic and Policy Analysis (TZ)

Former associate partners