The science projects included surveys and/or studies of Seram’s soils, ferns, orchids, butterflies, moths, herbivorous insects, general insects, reptiles, birds, bats, general mammals and use of bio-resources by the Island’s indigenous inhabitants. There was also an ecological study of local species of ‘Nautilus’, a marine creature related to octopus, squid and cuttlefish.
The collective results of the Earth, biological, zoological, marine and human research projects were designed to contribute to:
- A study of the altitudinal zonation of plant and animal life in Manusela National Park (MNP) from sea level to the summit of Mt Binaia.
- A greater understanding of the biological and geological history of the south-east Asian Region.
- MNP management activity development by the Forest Service of the Indonesian Government.