Wong Ee Phin

PhD candidate

Yayasan Sime Darby - UNMC Scholar

Tropical Conservation Ecology Lab

School of Geography

University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

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I am a Masters graduate in ‘Wildlife Biology and Management’ with five years of working experience in Malaysia’s conservation scene. I’ve worked with various Non-Government Organisations (i.e. WWF-Malaysia and WCS-Malaysia Programme) on conservation issues, ranging from wetlands to species biology, and ground wildlife enforcement. Throughout my work experience, I have constantly engaged with local communities, academia and government agencies.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to pursue a PhD in research under MEME. My study is currently supported by a scholarship given by Yayasan Sime Darby and Department of Geography, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

My research focus is on developing non-invasive monitoring methods for Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) using hormone and parasitology techniques. What I am beginning to discover is just the tip of the iceberg, and there is so much more to learn. I hope my research will provide scientific data to help support the Malaysian authorities in making informed decision about the management and conservation of wild elephants in Peninsular Malaysia.

Other Projects

My background and experience in conservation and research is quite diverse. However, my interest is in using science to assist in conservation management of species. Over time and time again, I’ve learnt that for conservation projects to be successful, we have to foster a good understanding and appreciation for wildlife conservation between all stakeholders, especially with the community..

  1. While I was doing my undergraduate studies in National University of Malaysia (UKM), I’ve carried out behavioural study on Bornean orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) in captivity, under the guidance of Dr. Badrul Munir.

  2. I’ve also conducted two years of hatchery monitoring for painted terrapin (Callagur borneoensis) and green turtle (Chelonia mydas) in Setiu Wetlands, Terengganu.

  3. I had worked on and coordinated multi-agency enforcement patrols and roadblocks in forest reserves around Endau Rompin Johor National Park.

  4. I am also interested in application of web games that can help promote understanding of wildlife conservation to the public.