Research Fellow (2011- 2015)
My Name is Andrianus Sembiring. I am a Junior Research Fellow in IBRC and I finished Master degree at Coastal Environmental at UDAYANA University. I joined IBRC since 2011 and assigned to work with several projects such as Genetic variation and color morphs of Scolopsis sp. and Pentapodus sp, Shark DNA Barcoding in Indonesia, genetic structure of Silky Shark In Indonesia and also participating on Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) project across the Indonesian Archipelago.
In 2013, I had the opportunity to do an internship in Invertebrate Zoology Department at National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian. During my internship, I experienced a lot of new things. I learned how to be a curator, to preserve and handle samples, and also to keep track of the samples using a database system. It was on that time that I had a chance to learn about DNA Barcoding, a method used to inventory biodiversity richness based on genetics. In addition to that, I also learn about Next Generation Sequencing techniques to conduct metagenomics (sequencing a sample with many different organisms in it).
For me, all of my experiences that I got while I am working as Junior Research Fellow in IBRC is something that I can not imagine before as an Indonesian student; with all of the opportunity to improve my English, research skill and also being able to work with scientist from all over the world. As Indonesian, I am fully aware of Indonesian mega biodiversity. However, in my perspective, Indonesia is still lack of human resources that are capable and dedicated to maintaining and protect those biodiversities. This is where IBRC, as an active research center that has been created by Indonesian researcher can help to increase and improved the capacity of a young scientist in Indonesia, and helping the government to make the right decisions in environmental policy and regulations based on scientific data.