About Me

November 23, 2013

I have 15 years of experience working in the conservation field, both as a practitioner and as a scientist. I aim to develop applied conservation research and use this to deliver conservation impact on the ground yielding tangible results in real-world situations.

I am specifically interested in bat-plant interactions and bat-human interactions, and my work focuses on the conservation ecology of Old World fruit bats (Pteropodidae), particularly flying foxes (Pteropus spp., Acerodon spp.). However, my practical conservation experience also includes general bat conservation, ecosystem services, population ecology, tropical forest and protected area management, poaching and wildlife trade, local communities, indigenous rights, and conservation communication.

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CONSERVATION IMPACT/ACHIEVEMENTS

My conservation interests are multi-disciplinary and this is also reflected in the successes and results of my work:

  • Successfully lobbied the Terengganu state government in Malaysia (via Rimba) to protect threatened flying foxes (Pteropus vampyrus, P. hypomelanus) from hunting, resulting in a moratorium on the issuance of licences to hunt flying foxes, and a directive to protect flying fox habitat in the state.
  • The production of a comprehensive management plan for a protected area (Royal Belum State Park) in Malaysia through stakeholder consultation provided a blueprint for managing authorities to identify and address issues and threats effectively, and improve collaboration in natural resource management.
  • Initiated, organised and coordinated the first effort to include indigenous peoples’ participation in the management of a protected area (Royal Belum State Park) in Peninsular Malaysia, successfully incorporating local community input to inform management considerations in the area.
  • Engaged big players in the timber industry, as well as NGOs and experts in environmental and social issues to collectively agree on a national interpretation of High Conservation Value Forests in Malaysia (including Sabah and Sarawak).
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