Teams of scientists from Indonesia and the U.S. will participate in this research at different times of year during Years 1-2 of the project. The members of our team based at UCLA include an ecology and evolutionary biologist with extensive field experience in Raja Ampat and Indonesia in general. Our collaborator at UCLA, Paul H. Barber, has a research program presently organized around several themes, including the evolution of marine biodiversity and marine conservation. In addition, Indonesian scientists based at four major research institutions will also be participating: University of Papua (formerly the State University of Papua), Lembaga Ilmu Penegetahuan Indonesia (LIPI – the Indonesian Institute of Sciences), Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center - Bali, and Brawijaya University, whose collective areas of interest and expertise encompass the full range of objectives for the project, ensuring that Indonesian counterparts are fully involved in all of our APs and are engaged in addressing all of our specific aims. We will also be working with the support Conservation International-Indonesia, which has field stations in Raja Ampat.

Principal Investigator

Abdul Hamid A. Toha

Abdul Hamid A. Toha (Hamid.Toha) is a co-founder of the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center in collaboration with Paul Barber (University of California, Los Angeles), Chris Meyer (Smithsonian Institution), I.G. Mahardika (University of Udayana), and Ambaryanto (Diponegoro University) ( This project is funded by USAID for three years (2010-2012). Hamid Toha was also one of three senior personnel in Indonesia in collaboration with Old Dominion University and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
(, on a 2008-2010 NSF PIRE award. Through funding from the Packard Foundation and Conservation International in Ecosystem Based Management program, Hamid Toha, as a PI, collaborated with Paul Barber, UCLA, to establish a molecular genetic laboratory at the State University of Papua in Manokwari (2009). Through same funding, Hamid Toha, collaborating with Paul Barber, UCLA, also examined patterns of genetic connectivity in a variety of commercial marine organisms throughout the Bird’s Head Seascape (Papua) in an effort to guide the location and spacing of marine reserves (2008-2009).


  1. University of Papua (UNIPA)
    Jeni, S.Pd, M.Si
    Muhammad Dailami, S.Si

  2. Brawijaya University (UB)
    Widodo, S.Si, M.Si, PhD. Med.Sc
    Luchman Hakim, S.Si, M.AgrSc, Ph.D

Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center (IBRC-Bali)

Aji Anggoro, S.Ik, MSc.
Dita Cahyani, S.Si, M.Sc.


Prof. Sutiman B. Sumitro, SU, D.Sc.

US Partners

Paul H. Barber, Ph.D, University of California Los Angeles
Dr. Christopher Meyer Smithsonian Institution
Prof. Dr. Kent Carpenter Old Dominion University


  • Nurhani W. S.Pi, M.Si
  • Fitri Chandra K, S.Si, M.Si
  • Muhammad Qomaruddin, S.Si


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