My name is Ni Putu Dian Pertiwi. I have joined Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center (IBRC) as a Junior Research Fellow since early 2011. I graduated from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta in 2010 and finished my master degree at Udayana University in 2015, both majoring in Biology. Being in IBRC for the past five years has given me great experiences, especially the opportunity to work with leading scientists from Indonesia, US, and many other countries. I also had lots of chances to expand and improve my knowledge and skills in IBRC through training and outreach programs. One of the training was the internship program, which give me the opportunity to go to the US, to learn the newest methods of molecular genetic research. The first internship program was for six months while the second program was for four months. During that entire visit, I had the chances to learn in University California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Hawai’I Institute of Marine Biology, San Diego State University and also Smithsonian Institute. To me, this was a very good experience, which give me the sight of the intellectual and cultural perspective of researcher outside of Indonesia.
As a Junior Research Fellow, I have been assigned to various research projects. Currently, I am working on phylogenetic study of reef fishes, assessing regional stock structure of commercial fishes, genetic connectivity of sea grass population and marine biodiversity inventory through DNA barcoding. I feel very lucky to be in IBRC because I get to train and to work with the type of research that I interested the most; and yet the opportunity for me to share knowledge and skills with other university students from Indonesia.
In the future, IBRC is very important, especially for the improvement of research and capacity building of young scientist in Indonesia. Through training, workshops and outreach programs that held by IBRC, I myself feels that this will bring huge benefit to Indonesia and give impact to the increasing number of scientific society in Indonesia.