Into the Rainforest: Exploring Malaysian Borneo

Olivia Tandon

About Me

I am a student at Columbia University, Class of 2009, majoring in Environmental Biology. My other academic interests include creative writing and foreign languages. I am co-captain of the Women's Club Squash Team at Columbia and volunteer for the StreetSquash program, teaching middle and highschool kids to play the sport. I have always loved biology and plan to continue studying it in some capacity for many years to come, but exactly what form this may take is still uncertain. This course offered me an amazing taste of what life as a field biologist would be like. I am so grateful to have had this experience and would like to thank Harvard University for giving me this opportunity.

About the Course

I found out about this course through an email list sent out by my advisor at Columbia. As soon as I read about it, I knew it was something I was interested in doing. Below you will find my personal narrative, including favorite pictures, from each of the places we visited.




Lambir Hills National Park


Gaya Island


Mount Kinabalu


Deramakot Logging Operation


Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Center


Maliau Basin









Below is a compilation of the work I completed while in Borneo.

Project 1: Lambir | Project 2: Gaya | Project 3: Maliau | Focal Taxon: Frogs | More Photos

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