2010-present: Co-founder and President of Rimba –  a non-profit group of conservation scientists conducting research on threatened species and ecosystems in Malaysia.

2013-present: Principal Investigator of Project Pteropus – Malaysia’s first and only project focused on the long-term conservation ecology of fruit bats (Pteropodidae).


2013-2016: Ph.D. (Ecology), Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), Paris, France AND University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), Malaysia. (Thesis title: Interactions between flying foxes, plants and people on Tioman Island: implications for conservation.)

2005-2006: M.Sc. (Conservation Biology) with Distinction. University of Kent, UK. (Dissertation title: Habitat degradation and endangered species: monitoring temporal variation in population sizes of Palaeotropical Microchiropteran species.)

1997-2000: B.A. (Archaeology) with Honours. University of York, UK.


Tanalgo K.C., McConkey K., Racey P., Aziz S.A., Sritongchuay T., Hughes A.C. and Mildenstein T. 2022. Understanding bat ecosystem services on a global scale requires caution and wider collaboration: a critical evaluation of Ramírez-Fráncel et al. (2022). INTEGRATIVE ZOOLOGY:

Mohd-Azlan J., Yong J.Y., Hazzrol N.N.M., Pengiran P., Atong A. and Aziz S.A. 2022. Local hunting practices and perceptions regarding the distribution and ecological role of the Large Flying Fox (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae: Pteropus vampyrus) in western Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. JOURNAL OF THREATENED TAXA 14(1): 20387-20399.

Aziz S.A., McConkey K.R., Tanalgo K., Sritongchuay T., Low M-R., Yong J.Y., Mildenstein T.L., Nuevo-Diego C.E., Lim V.C. and Racey P.A. 2021. The critical importance of Old World fruit bats for healthy ecosystems and economies. FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION:

Low M.R., Hoong W.Z., Shen Z., Murugavel B., Mariner N., Paguntalan L.M., Tanalgo K., Aung M.M., Sheherazade, Bansa L.A., Sritongchuay T., Preble J.H. and Aziz S.A. 2021. Bane or Blessing? Reviewing Cultural Values of Bats Across the Asia-Pacific Region. JOURNAL OF ETHNOBIOLOGY 41(1): 18-34.

Rocha R., Aziz S.A., Brook C.E, Carvalho W.D., Cooper-Bohannon R., Frick W.F., Huang J.C.-C., Kingston T., Lopez-Baucells A.L., Maas B., Mathews F., Medellin R.A., Olival K.J., Peel A.J., Plowright R.K., Razgour O., Rebelo H., Rodrigues L., Rossiter S.J., Russo D., Straka T.M., Teeling E.C., Treuer T., Voigt C.C. and Webala P.W. 2020. Bat conservation and zoonotic disease risk: a research agenda to prevent misguided persecution in the aftermath of COVID-19. ANIMAL CONSERVATION 24(3): 303-307.

Chan A.A.Q., Aziz S.A., Clare E.L. and Coleman J.L. 2020. Diet, ecological role and potential ecosystem services of the fruit bat, Cynopterus brachyotis, in a tropical city. URBAN ECOSYSTEMS:

Aziz S.A., Chua M.A.H. and Clements G.R. 2019. Catch and release: Novel predation strategy by white-bellied sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) on island flying fox (Pteropus hypomelanus) demonstrates flying fox swimming ability. JOURNAL OF BAT RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION 12(1): 64-66.

Clements G.R., Aziz S.A., Bentrupperbaunmer J., Goosem M., Laurance S. and Laurance W.F. 2018. Not everyone wants roads: assessing indigenous people’s support for roads in a globally important tiger conservation landscape. HUMAN ECOLOGY 46: 909-915.

Chua M.A.H. and Aziz S.A. 2018. Into the light: atypical diurnal foraging activity of Blyth’s horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus lepidus (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) on Tioman Island, Malaysia. MAMMALIA 83 (1): 78-83.

Aziz S.A., Clements G.R., McConkey K.R., Sritongchuay T., Saifful P., Muhammad Nor Hafizi A.Y., Forget P-M., Campos-Arceiz A. and Bumrungsri, S. 2017. Pollination by the locally endangered island flying fox (Pteropus hypomelanus) enhances fruit production of the commercially important durian (Durio zibethinus). ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION 7: 8670-8684.

Aziz S.A., Clements G.R., Giam X., Forget P-M. and Campos-Arceiz A. 2017. Coexistence and conflict between the island flying fox (Pteropus hypomelanus) and humans on Tioman Island, Peninsular Malaysia. HUMAN ECOLOGY 45: 377-389.

Aziz S.A., Clements G.R., Lee Y.P., Campos-Arceiz A., McConkey K.R., Forget P-M. and Gan H.M. 2017. Elucidating the diet of the island flying fox (Pteropus hypomelanus) through Illumina Next-Generation Sequencing. PEER J 5: e3176.

Nagulendran K., Padfield R., Aziz S.A., Amir A.A., Rahman A.R.A., Latiff M.A., Zafir Ahmad A.W., Aida G.Q., Tan A., Arifah S., Awang N., Azhar N., Balu P., Gan P.C., Ning H., Sharma D.K., Lavanya R.I., Lim T., Mahendra S., Rayan D.M., McGowan S., Paxton M., Mohamed Z., Imam H.R.M., Abdullah M.T., Ibrahim N.A.N., Puan C.L., Rahimatsah A., Clements G.R., Mohamed I.S.M., Saw L.G., Shashi K., Sivananthan E., Surin S., Vanitha P., Wadey J., Hasmah W.M.W., Wong E.P., Wong P.M., Yeap C.A. and Campos-Arceiz A. 2016. A multi-stakeholder strategy to identify conservation priorities in Peninsular Malaysia. COGENT ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 2: 1254078.

Wijedasa L.S. et al. 2017. Denial of long-term issues with agriculture on tropical peatlands will have devastating consequences. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY 23: 977-982.

Aziz S.A., Olival K.J., Bumrungsri S., Richards G.R. and Racey P.A. 2016. The conflict between pteropodid bats and fruit growers: species, legislation and mitigation. In: Voigt C.C. and Kingston T. (eds.) Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World. SpringerOpen.

Wijedasa L.S., Aziz S.A., Campos-Arceiz A. and Clements G.R. 2013. Does Social Media “Like” Conservation? The Scientist. 8 April.–Does-Social-Media–Like–Conservation-/

Aziz S.A., Clements G.R., Mark Rayan D. and Sankar P. 2013. Why conservationists should be concerned about natural resource legislation affecting indigenous peoples’ rights: Lessons from Peninsular Malaysia. BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION 22(3): 639-656 (DOI 10.1007/s10531-013-0432-5).

Mark Rayan D.,  Shariff W.M., Dorward L., Aziz S.A., Clements G.R., Wong C. and Traeholt C. 2012. Estimating the population density of the Asian Tapir Tapirus indicus in a selectively logged forest and predicting its distribution in Peninsular Malaysia. INTEGRATIVE ZOOLOGY 7: 373-380.

Clements G.R., Rayan D.M., Magintan D., Yazi M.F.A., Kawanishi K., Traeholt C., Aziz S.A. and Tingley R. 2012. Conservation implications of a MaxEnt-predicted distribution of the Malayan Tapir (Tapirus indicus) in Peninsular Malaysia. INTEGRATIVE ZOOLOGY 7: 400-406.

Xingli G., Clements G.R., Aziz S.A., Chong K.Y. and Miettinen J. 2011. Rethinking the ‘back to wilderness’ concept for Sundaland’s forests. BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION 144(12): 3149-3152.

Aziz, S.A., Laurance, W.F., and Clements, R. 2010. Forests reserved for rubber? FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT 8: 178.


Aziz S.A., Low M-R. and Clements G.R. 2019. A Conservation Roadmap for Flying Foxes Pteropus spp. in Peninsular Malaysia. Rimba, Kuala Lumpur.

Hedges L., Clements G.R., Aziz S.A., Yap W., Laurance S., Goosem M. and Laurance W.F. 2013. Small carnivore records from a threatened habitat linkage in Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. SMALL CARNIVORE CONSERVATION 49: 9-14.

Hedges L. and Aziz S.A. 2013. An interaction between a sun bear and a pangolin in Peninsular Malaysia. A rare event or a representation of something more significant? INTERNATIONAL BEAR NEWS 22(1): 31-32.

Aziz, S.A., Ahmad Zafir A.W., Azlan M., Lau C.F., Mark Rayan D., Shariff M., Wong, C., and Clements, R. 2010. The count so far: Wildlife monitoring and protection in the Belum-Temengor-Stong Forest Complex. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL SEMINAR ON NATURAL HERITAGE OF NORTHERN PENINSULAR MALAYSIA. 5-6 October 2009, Penang, Malaysia.

Aziz, S.A. 2003. Preliminary findings at Padang Pahlawan, Bandar Hilir, Melaka, Malaysia. SOUTHEAST ASIAN INTERNATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSLETTER 15(2).


IUCN SSC Bat Specialist Group – Human Dimensions of Bat Conservation Working Group

Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit (SEABCRU) – Steering Committee (Flying Fox Priority Group, Ecosystem Services Research Priority)

• Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) Asia-Pacific Chapter – Country representative for Malaysia (2015-2017)

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)

HCV Resource Network


2019-2020: Associate Editor for Tropical Conservation Science

Reviewer for:


2021-2022: National Conservation Trust Fund, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Malaysia

2020-2021: Rufford 1st Booster Grant (Principal Investigator, Project Pteropus)

2018-2019: The Habitat Foundation Research Grant

2018-2019: Rufford Small Grant for Nature Conservation (Principal Investigator, Project Pteropus Phase 2)

2015-2016: Bat Conservation International Small Grant for Bat-Centric Projects Focused on Critical Conservation Needs (Principal Investigator, PhD)

2015-2016: Rufford Small Grant for Nature Conservation (Principal Investigator, Project Pteropus Phase 1)

2013-2016: PhD scholarship from the Government of France

2005-2006: British Chevening Scholarship for Masters studies

2004: HSBC-Earthwatch, Malaysian Bat Conservation Research Unit (MBCRU), Krau Wildlife Reserve, Pahang, Malaysia.


2016-2018: Visiting Academic, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK.

2011: Senior Protected Areas Specialist, World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia)

  • Worked together with the Perak State Parks Corporation to improve management effectiveness of Royal Belum State Park in Perak, Peninsular Malaysia by implementing the Preliminary Management Plan for Royal Belum State Park.
  • Continuous lobbying for protection of the Ulu Muda forests in Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia
  • Worked with the Federal Government, academic institutions, private corporations and other NGOs to mainstream protected area management in Peninsular Malaysia and promote recognition of park rangers
  • My work involved conducting research, stakeholder consultations, field surveys and scientific writing encompassing biodiversity, eco-tourism and local communities, addressing issues such as poaching, wildlife monitoring, indigenous rights and sustainable livelihoods.

2009-2011: Protected Areas Officer, WWF-Malaysia – Produced the Preliminary Management Plan for Royal Belum State Park by collaborating with and coordinating between stakeholders from the government, NGOs and private corporations in northern Perak, Malaysia.

2008-2009: High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) Officer, WWF-Malaysia – implemented and delivered project outputs of the Credible Certification Project specifically on High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF), including development of a national-level toolkit and carrying out HCVF assessments of forest concessions in Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo.

2007: Communications Officer, WWF-Malaysia – Overall coordination of internal and external communications activities (writing, proofreading, editing, publishing, media monitoring, organising events, donor relations) for various projects within the Peninsular Malaysia Programme e.g. Rhino, Forestry, Freshwater, Marine.

2005-2007: Research Assistant, Wild Asia – involved in environmental consultancy work focused on HCVF rapid assessment surveys for biodiversity and local communities on oil palm concessions in Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak, Sabah, and Kalimantan.

2005: Events Officer, Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGO) – Organised ‘National Conference on Sustainability Malaysia’, 6-8 June 2005, Kuala Lumpur.

2004-2005: Consultant for MONITOR Database, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia – set up and maintained Wildlife Trade Intelligence Database, office library and image library. Monitored and analysed regional trends in Southeast Asian wildlife trade with particular emphasis on CITES-listed species.

2003: Education Officer, Badan Warisan Malaysia (Heritage of Malaysia Trust) – Responsible for maintaining information centre, conducting tours of a traditional Malay house and organising heritage workshops for schoolchildren.

2001-2003: Curator of Historical Archaeology, Department of Museums and Antiquities Malaysia – Responsible for carrying out excavations, field surveys, exhibitions and conferences pertaining to the colonial period in Malaysia e.g. British, Dutch and Portuguese eras c. 1500-1900 A.D.

2001: Scriptwriter-cum-Researcher, First Asia Entertainment – Researched and produced scripts for a cultural-travel documentary series on Southeast Asia.

2000-2001: Research Assistant at the Sungai Mas Archaeological Research Site, Kedah, under the Department of Museums and Antiquities Malaysia – Responsible for carrying out desktop research, excavations, field surveys and museum exhibits (Lembah Bujang Museum, Merbok, Kedah) pertaining to the protohistorical Lembah Bujang civilisation and culture.

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