Dr. Toha reports that two UNIPA undergraduate students involved in his PEER project graduated in July 2015. Other students on the team are still working in Dr. Toha’s laboratory to study Raja Ampat invertebrates using molecular approaches. In September 2015, he and his colleagues published a book entitled (in Bahasa)
Hiu Paus di Taman Nasional Teluk Cenderawasih
(Whale Shark in Cenderawasih Bay National Park). They have also drafted three other books on their research results and course materials entitled (1) Diversity and Conservation of Sea Urchin Tripneustes gratilla
: Ecotype, Phenotype, and Genotype in Cenderawasih Bay Ecoregion, Papua-Indonesia; (2) Keragaman Genetik dan Pengelolaan Berkelanjutan Tripneustes gratilla
di Ekoregion Teluk Cenderawasih; and (3) Bahasa Genetik (Genetic Language, in Bahasa). They will be submitting the first book as part of an application for a competitive grant under the NEF Publication Programme. In addition, they have published a review article entitled “Genetic aspects of the commercially used sea urchin Tripneustes gratilla
” in the Journal of Biological Researches
). In May 2015, Dr. Toha and his group organized a national seminar celebrating the 20th anniversary of this journal. Another of the team’s research articles, entitled “Color diversity and distribution of sea urchin Tripneustes gratilla
in Cenderawasih Bay ecoregion of Papua, Indonesia,” was accepted for publication in the Egyptian Journal of Aquatic Research (http://ees.elsevier.com/ejar
In early August 2015, Dr. Toha visited Jakarta to take part in a PEER Indonesian Principal Investigators’ Roundtable at the USAID Mission. As for future activities, he and his colleagues are planning a training workshop on genetics and bioinformatics analysis to be held at Brawijaya University in October. The participants will include lecturers from various Indonesian universities who are involved in the Research Group for Marine Resource Exploration and Management. As the project moves into its final phase, Dr. Toha and his team intend to publish two more research articles in international journals, with the book manuscripts to appear within the next year. On the research side, they hope to host a visiting PhD student from the University of California, San Diego, and Dr. Toha plans to attend a meeting with his U.S. colleagues at UCLA in February 2016 to discuss ARMS recovery efforts for the next year.
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