We have six PhD students of biology from Papua new Guinea at our Faculty. They are studying plant and insect diversity in tropical rainforests of New Guinea, but also the origins of cultural and language diversity on the world's largest tropical island.
We have had three MSc New Guinean students joining us this semester, forming thus the largest group of post-graduate biology students from Papua New Guinea, not only in the Czech Republic but anywhere in the world. During the last years our university biologists have been training aproximately half of post-graduate biology students from Papua New Guinea. That region is important for biologists as well as anthropologists as it supports 5% of all plant and animal species on the planet, as well as 15% of all live languages.
Photo: Papua New Guinea students and their supervisors (L to R): Hayden Wagia, Jimmy Moses, Vojtech Novotny, Moses Kerry, Heveakore maraia, Katerina Sam, Nagi Sam, Legi Sam, Nigel Baro, Alfred Kik, Tiberius Jimbo, Sentiko Ibalim and Pagi Toko