Nur Aqilah Muhamad Darif

 

Science Officer

BASc. (Hons) (Environmental Biology), Universiti Sains Malaysia

MSc. (Marine Sciences), Universiti Sains Malaysia

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Marine Sciences


Research Profile

Microalgal photophysiology
 

Current Research

  1. The use of water and Pocket-Pulse amplitude Modulation in Investigationg Photophysiology and Nutrient Limitations in Microalgae.

 

Selected Publications

  • Darif, A., Salleh, S., Mohammad, M., Javeed, A., & Samad, S. (2018). Effect of Silica Concentrations on the Growth Rate and Photosynthesis of Tropical Diatom Actinocyclus octonarius. Proceeding of the 11th IMT-GT UNINET Conference 2018, Penang, Malaysia: School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11-12 December 2018
  • Darif, A., Samad, S., Salleh, S., Mohammad, M., Nordin, A., Javeed, A., Glory, M., & Zainudin, H. (2016). The abundance and spatial distribution of soft sediment communities in Tanjung Bungah, Malaysia: A preliminary study. Tropical Life Sciences Research, 27(Supp. 1): 71–77. doi: 10.21315/ tlsr2016.27.3.10.
  • Javeed, A., Salleh, S., Darif, A., & Mohammad, M. (2018). Preliminary observation of tropical diatom Thalassiosira spp. from Teluk Bahang, Penang. Scripta Biologica, 5(1), 7-11.
  •  Samad, S., Mohammad, M., Salleh, S., & Darif, A. (2018). A checklist of free-living marine nematodes at different ecosystem in Northern Straits of Malacca, Malaysia. Scripta Biologica, 5(1), 1-5

Masthurah Binti Abdullah

 

 Senior Science Officer


B.Sc. (Hons) (Ecology & Biodiversity), Universiti Malaya

M.Sc. (Environmental Sciences), Universiti Putra Malaysia

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Environmental Sciences



Research Profile

Environmental studies; Coastal pollution and impacts, Marine water quality.

Current Research / Ongoing Project

1. Seafood Safety Classification through Selected Heavy Metal Concentrations in Meretrix spp. (Mollusca: Bivalvia) at Northern Part of Peninsular Malaysia.


Selected Publications

  • Masthurah Abdullah & Hafizan Juahir (2018). Spatial Water Quality Assessment of Selected River Basins in Malaysia using Environmetric Techniques. Proceeding of the 11th IMT-GT UNINET Conference 2018, Penang, Malaysia: School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11-12 December 2018

Abe Woo Sau Pinn

 

 

Lecturer

B. App. Sc (Hons)(Aquatic Biology), Universiti Sains Malaysia

M.Sc (Marine Science), Universiti Sains Malaysia

Ph.D (Natural History Sciences) Hokkaido University, Japan

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Echinoderm Systematics

Marine Invertebrate Systematics and Biodiversity

 

Research Profile

The main research interest of the laboratory generally systematics, taxonomy, phylogenetics, and biodoversity of marine invertebrates with special interest of echinoderms (sea cucumbers, sea stars, brittlke stars and sea urchin). Currently we are reviewing the taxonomic status of commerciallly important sea cucumber from the family Stichopodidae and also revising position of the order Synallactida. Apart from the commercially important sea cucmbers, we are exploring the interstitial fauna for small sea cucumbers that measures about 1-5mm in lenght.

Apart from Echinoderm, we also now have Dr. Yuji Ise as teaching fellow in the loboratory that study the systematics of Porifera (Sponges). He is now describing peculiar sponges that lives in the anchaline caves of Okinawa Islands.

We are working very closely with Prof. Dr. Toshihiko Fujita (Echinoderm Taxonomy) and colleagues from the National of Nature and Science Japan; Dr. Naoto Jimi (Polychaete Taxonomy) from National Institute of Polar Research, Japan; Dr. Thamasak Yeemin and Dr Makamas Suttacheep (Coral Reef Ecology) from Ramkamhaeng University; Dr. Mathinee Yucharoen (Coral Reef Ecology) from Prince Songkhla University, and many more friends around the region in discovery diversity of various marine invertebrates.

Recently, the laboratory also have started aquaculture studies for Holothuria scabra in CEMACS focusing in spawning, captive breeding, and their nutrition.



Selected Publications

Books

  • Aileen Tan S.H., Abe Woo, Fukami, H., Hibino, K. and Pollisco, F.J. (2011). Training Manualof Corals Taxonomy in Southeast Asia. ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. 122pp.

 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Woo, S.P., Ogawa, A., Tan, S.H., Zulfigar, Y., Kajihara, H. and Fujita, T. (2017). A Taxonomic Revision of the Genus Apostichopus (Holothuroidea: Stichopodidae) from Japan. Zootaxa 4350(1):121-135.
  • Woo, S.P., Kajihara, H., Iwasaki, N. and Fujita, T. (2017) First Record of Holothuria (Cystipus) dura (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) from Japan, with Notes on Locomotion. Species Diversity 22: 45-52.
  • Woo, S.P., Zulfigar, Y., Tan, S.H., Kajihara, H. and Fujita, T. (2015). Sea Cucumbers of the Genus Stichopus Brandt, 1835 (Holothuroidea, Stichopodidae) in Straits of Malacca with Description of a New Species. Zookeys 545:1-26.
  • Woo, S.P., Teh, C.P., Norhanis, M.R., Nithiyaa, N., Amelia-Ng, P.F., Zulfigar, Y. and Tan, S.H. (2014). Sea cucumber species of the Merambong Shoal with notes on Distribution and Habitat of the Dominant Species. Malayan Nature Journal (1 and 2): 139-145.
  • Woo, S.P., Amelia Ng, P.F., Norhanis, M.R., Nithiyaa, N., Teh, C.P., Zulfigar, Y., Tan, S.H. and Fujita, T. (2014). New Records of Sea Stars (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) from Malaysia with Notes on Their Association with Seagrass Beds. Biodiversity Journal 5(4): 453-458.
  • Woo, S.P., Siti Hasmah, I., Zulfigar Y. and Tan, S.H. (2013). The Distribution and Diversity of Sea Cucumbers in the Coral Reefs of the South China Sea, Sulu Sea and Sulawesi Sea. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 96: 13-18
  • Woo, S.P., Zulfigar, Y., Norhanis, M.R., Teh, C.P. & Tan, S.H. (2010). The Diversity of Sea Cucumbers (Echinodermata: Holohuroidea) in Five Reefs of the South China Sea. Malayan Nature Journal 62(4): 371-377.

Norlaila Binti Mohd Zanuri

 

Lecturer

B.Sc. (Biotechnology), Universiti Malaya, Malaysia.

M.Sc. (Aquatic Biology and Resource Management),University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

Ph.D. (Marine Science), Newcastle University, United Kingdom [Thesis title: The effects of environmental contaminant sand ocean acidification on reproductive success of marine invertebrates] 

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Marine Pollution/ Ecotoxicology

Research Profile

My name is Norlaila Binti Mohd Zanuri, a marine biology scientist and currently work as a senior lecturer at Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). I have broad research interest which are at the interface between marine ecology and toxicology (ecotoxicology), with a particular focus on pollutions. Specific interests include: (a) Ocean Acidification (b) Microplastic (c) Organic Contaminants, and (d) Metals looking on their effects to marine ecosystem.

I pride myself as a fesh, energetic and positive environmentalist that loves a healthy, beautiful natural and safe environment. Likes to involved in volunteer environmental works such as beach cleaning, go green campaign, no plastics campaign and tree planting campaign. With self motto 'One small action for sustainable future, love your Earth' I believed everyone can contribute to protect and improving our environment for the sake of future generations.

Current Research / Ongoing Project

1. The abundance and distribution of plastic and microplastic on selected waterbody at Northern region of Starits of Melaka.

2. The effect of ingestion and reproductive success of microplastic on selected marine invertebrates.

3. The effects of ocean acidiication and trace metal on multiple generation on multiple generation of selected marine invertebrates.


Selected Publications

  • Gallagher, J.B., Nilamani, N & Mohd Zanuri, N.B. 2019. Commentary on Sequestering Atmospheric CO2 Emission. Geosciences, 9, 90.
  • Mohd Zanuri, N.B., Bentley, M.G., Caldwell, G.S. 2018. Cadmium and Copper effects of reproductive success on selected marine invertebrates. Proceeding of the 11th IMT-GT UNINET conference 2018, Penang, Malaysia: School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11-12 December 2018.
  • Lim Er Vin, norhanis Mohd Razalli, Nithiyaa Nilamani, Norlaila Mohd Zanuri, Zulfigar Yasin & Aileen Tan Shau Hwai. 2018. Abundance and distribution of plastic debris at Pulau Songsong, Kedah in the Northern Starits of Melaka. Proceeding of the 11th IMT-GT UNINET Conference 2018, Penang, Malaysia: School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11-12 December 2018
  • Mohd Zanuri, N.B., Bentley, M.G., Caldwell, G.S. 2017. Asessing the Impact of Diclofenac, Ibuprofen and Sildenafil Citrate (Viagra) on fertilisation biology of Broadcast spawning marine invertebrates. Marine environmental Research, 127: 126-136
  • Mohd Zanuri, N.B., Caldwell, G.S., Bentley. M.G., 2012. Nonylphenol threaten the reproductive success of marine invertebrates. Proceeding of the 8th International Conference on Marine Technology (MARTEC 2012), Terengganu, Malaysia. 20-22 October 2012.
Awards

  • Academic Staff Training Scheme (ASTS) scholarship for pursuing Ph.D Degree at Newcastle University, UK from Universiti Sains Malaysia and Ministry of Higher Education (KPT), Malaysia.
  • Academic Staff Training Scheme (ASTS) scholarship for pursuing M.Sc Degree at University of Exeter, UK from Universiti Sains Malaysia and ministry of Higher Education (KPT), Malaysia.
  • Best Oral Presentation for International Conference on Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Technology 2011 (ICHSST ’11). 
  • Best Stage 1 Oral Presentation for Marine Science Division on School of Marine Science and Technology Postgraduate Research Conference 2010. 
  • Certificate for Teaching Higher Level Education United Kingdom Part A 2010, Newcastle University, United Kingdom.

 

Leela Rajamani

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Senior Lecturer

B.Sc. (Biotechnology), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

M.Sc. (Conservation Biology), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor

Ph.D. (Marine Science), Universiti Malaysia Sabah [Thesis title: The conservation biology of the dugong (Dugong dugon) and its seagrass habitat in Sabah, Malaysia: a basis for conservation planning]

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Dugong & Marine Conservation

Research Profile

I am a marine conservation biologist with specific interests in the ecology and conservation of marine mammals and their habitats. I am interested in using interdisciplinary methods such as marine biology, ecology, anthropology and sociology in looking at conservation problems in relation to community involvement in conservation, marine park management and policy. My aim is to inform a balanced and equitable approach to the management of coastal and marine resources.

Current Research

Community understanding and management of dugong and seagrass resources in Johor, Malaysia.

Selected Publications
  • Rajamani, L. (2014). The Adventures of Karum the Dugong. Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.
  • Rajamani, L. (2014). Aquatic Mammals of Penang: Identification guide and Guidelines for good practises. Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.
  • Rajamani, L. & Esa, N. (Eds). (2013). The relevance of science to local knowledge. Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.
  • Esa, N., Rajamani, L. & Mohd. Yusoff, Z. (Eds). (2014). Reengineering Local knowledge: Life,Science & Technology. Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.
  • Naim, Md. D., I.A. Mardiana & Rajamani, L. (Eds). (2015). Natural Resources & Aquatic Environment. Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.
  •  Rajamani, L. (2009). The conservation biology of the dugong (Dugong dugon) & its seagrass habitat in Sabah, Malaysia: A basis for conservation planning. Ph.D. Thesis, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
  • Rajamani, L. (2012). Using social science methods in the conservation of the dugong (Dugong dugon) in Sabah Malaysia. In: Abdullah, S., Ahmad, A., & Hardy, Shafii (Eds.). Transdisciplinarity as research. Selection of papers from the Ist School of the Arts Research Colloquium.141pp. ISBN 978-967-394-087-5.
  • Rajamani, L. (2013). Using community knowledge in data-deficient regions: conserving the Dugong (Dugong dugon) in the Sulu Sea, Malaysia. Oryx. 47:173-176.
  • Rajamani, L. & Marsh, H. (2010). Using parallel regional- & local-scale initiatives to inform conservation management of rare wildlife: a case study of the dugong Dugong dugon in Sabah,Malaysia. Endangered Species Research 13: 17-23.
  • Rajamani, L, & Marsh H. (2015). Mapping seagrass cost-effectively in the Coral Triangle: Sabah, Malaysia as a case study. Pacific Conservation Biology.21, 113-121.
  • Rajamani, L., Cabanban, A.S, & Ridzwan, A.R. (2006). Indigenous Use & Trade of Dugong (Dugong dugon) in Sabah, Malaysia. Ambio. 32(5):266-268.
  • Rajamani, L., Abdullah, A., Zubaid, A., Tan, K.H. & Kunz, T.H. (1999). Chemical Composition of leaves consumed by the lesser dog faced fruit bat Cynopterus brachyotis, in peninsular Malaysia. Acta Chiropterologica. 1(2): 209-214.
  • Van Bressem, M. F., Minton, G., Sutaria, D., Kelkar, N., Peter, C., Zulkarnean, M., Mansur, M. R., Porter, L., Rodriguez- Vargas, L. H. & Rajamani, L. (2014). Cutaneous nodules in Irrawaddy dolphins: an emerging disease in vulnerable populations. Disease of Aquatic Organisms. 107: 181-189.

Awards

  • Illawarra Credit Union Employment Scholarship (1991) - 60 hours under the Supplementation Scholarship program offered by the Illawarra Credit Union, Australia.
  • Achievement award (First year; First session), Weerona College, University of Wollongong, Australia.
  • Honours Grades Award 1990 - Faculty of Science, Weerona College, University of Wollongong, Australia.
  • Universiti Malaysia Sabah Zamalah Scholarship (2001-2004).
  • Prince Bernhard Scholarship 2003 - WWF International, Switzerland.
  • Best Poster - Expedisi Pelayaran Saintifik Perdana ‘09 (Prime Scientific Marine Expedition ’09), Coral Triangle Initiative, Malaysia.
  • Member, IUCN-SSC Sirenian Specialist Group.
  • Assoc. Fellow, Institute of Oceanography and Environment,Universiti Malaysia Terenggannu.
  • Sanggur Sanjung Award, Universiti Sains Malaysia 2014 - in recognition of external grants achievement.