Young biologist to do masters in US

Normal, Youth & Careers

The National, Wednesday July 31st, 2013


A BIOLOGIST leaves next month to do a two-year masters programme in conservation biology in the United States.

Bega Inaho, from Komunive village, Asaro, Eastern Highlands, was awarded the Swire conservation scholarship this year to study at an international university of his choice. 

He has been accepted at the University of Minnesota to pursue his Masters degree from Aug 8. The scholarship is funded by the Swire Trust and supported by the Steamships Trading Company.

Bega joined the Papua New Guinea Institute of Biological Research in December, 2008, as a field assistant after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Papua New Guinea. From December, 2008, to 2010, he assisted in research projects on birds, mammals, insects, amphibians and plants.

In recognising his efforts, he was supported by the institute to do his honours degree at UPNG in 2010. 

After graduating, he worked on a project in the YUS Conservation Area in the Kabwum district of  Morobe, focussing on plants in areas 100m to 3,050m above sea level. 

He thanked Steamships Trading and the Swire group for the opportunity to study overseas.