Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz

MEME’s Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor at the Tropical Conservation Ecology Lab

School of Geography

University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Contact me

Personal Website

Nottingham University Official Website


I’m a tropical ecologist interested in the ecology and conservation of Asian megafauna and their habitats. My research focuses mainly on the ecological role of large herbivores as agents of seed dispersal and the management of human-wildlife conflicts. I have conducted and / or published studies about wildlife in Spain, Japan, Mongolia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. After several years studying elephants in Sri Lanka, in 2009 I moved to Southeast Asia (Singapore and Malaysia) to study elephant ecology in tropical rainforests. After two years of preparations, negotiations, and fund raising, MEME saw the light as a research project in 2011.

Other Projects

Although most of my work focuses on Asian elephants, I am interested in the ecology and conservation of other large animals, especially Asian rhinos and tapirs. Besides MEME, our projects that I’m working on or keen to develop are:

  1. seed dispersal by Sumatran rhinos

  2. secondary seed dispersal by rodents in Malaysian forests

  3. phenology and spatial distribution of megafaunal-syndrome trees