The idea to build not just a resort but a Field Scientific Station as well came to our minds at the very beginning, since we, Alexander and Liudmila Frank, are both scientists. Alexander is Professor, Dr. Sci. in Mathematics and Computational Hydrodynamics; Liudmila is Dr. Sci. in Biochemistry and Biotechnology. Below we provide references to some of our papers…just in case if somebody gets an interest to our own fields of research :).
We called it Biostation cause Borneo has incredible biodiversity and unique ecosystem with enormously large number of endemics. According to WWF:
Borneo is estimated to be home to around 222 mammals (including 44 endemic – meaning they are not found anywhere else in the world), 420 birds (37 endemic), 100 amphibians and 394 fish (19 endemic)…At least 15,000 plants, of which 6,000 are found nowhere else in the world, can be found in the swamps, mangroves, and lowland and montane forests of the island….Between 1995 and 2010 over 600 species have been discovered – that is 3 species each and every month. WWF Article on Borneo Forest
Besides that, Borneo lies on equator, surrounded by the waters of Pacific Ocean and, therefore, we hope that the opportunity to have Field Station here can be of interest not only to biologists but also, say, to geophysicists, hydrophysicists and other researchers in different fields of Earth and Ocean sciences.
We have a separate building called Laboratory, which has 36sqm air conditioned room with tables, electrical sockets, sinks and refrigerator. So, it can really be used as a simple research lab. We also have there 18 sqm store room where the devices and equipment which you might want to bring here can be kept between your expeditions. We may consider requests to install in our land some special equipment for monitoring ocean, atmosphere, seismic waves, electromagnetic field of the Earth, etc. We have quite good GSM and 3G services here to make these devices autonomous and we also can provide due care about them. We also can help to organize mutual research projects with Malaysian institutions which definitely may simplify many things here. In other words, we are open to any good proposals about organizing and performing research at our Station.
Colleagues, you are the most welcome :).
Frank A.M. 3D numerical simulation of regular structure formation in a locally heated falling film // Europ. J. Mech. B/Fluids, 2003, vol. 22, p. 445–471.
Frank A.M. Method of particles for incompressible flows with free surface // Notes on Numer. Fluid Mech. and Multidisciplinary Design (Springer-Verlag), 2005, Vol. 88, p. 189–204.
Frank A.M. Shear driven solitary waves on a liquid film // Phys. Review E, 2006, Vol. 74, ? 6, 065301 (4 pages).
Frank A.M. Suppression of thermocapillary instability in a falling film // Physics of Fluids, 2006, Vol. 18, 078106 (4 pages).
Frank A.M. , Kabov O. A. Thermocapillary structure formation in a falling film: experiment and calculations // Physics of Fluids, 2006, Vol. 18, 032107 (10pages).
Frank A.M. Numerical simulation of gas driven waves in a liquid film // Physics of Fluids, 2008, Vol. 20, 122102 (9pages).