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on 18 Sep, 16:41

Public Symposium on Infrastructure & Conservation

Public Symposium on Infrastructure & Conservation
Upcoming Event
Hilton Hotel

On behalf of Professor William F. Laurance and the team at the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS), James Cook University, Cairns, Australia, you are invited to attend the Public Symposium on “Infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific: Promoting Benefits and Limiting Environmental Risks” to be held at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 5th of October (full day), registrations are free but essential and catering is included during the event.

The TESS team are working with multiple government departments, relevant non-governmental organisations, and many other stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region, to incorporate strategic planning of new roads and infrastructure development. Their work aims to ensure future road infrastructure maximises socio-economic opportunities for communities whilst minimising the detrimental environmental impacts that often accompany infrastructure development.

Besides a Keynote by Professor Bill Laurance there will be talks by Dr Reuben Clements (Rimba), Dr g. Balamurugan (ERE Group), myself, and other guest speakers.

If you wish to join us for this completely free event, please register now at

on 14 Sep, 16:23
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[Mindset Public Talk] Dr Lesley Lancaster – Climate change, species range shifts, and biodiversity

[Mindset Public Talk] Dr Lesley Lancaster – Climate change, species range shifts, and biodiversity
Past Event
20 Sep
18:00 - 19:30
Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre

We are pleased to announce that in September we will have a Mindset Public Talk – Climate change, range shifts, and the global distribution of resilience, by Dr Lesley Lancaster, Associate Professor at the University of Aberdeen, UK. In this talk, Dr Lancaster will discuss how climate-related shifts in species range shape global patterns of biodiversity, and the its implications in the context of current environmental change. More details below and in the attached flyer.

This event is one of Mindset’s Public Talks – monthly events that are generally held on the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. These talks are aimed to a general audience including academics, government officers, NGOs, people from the relevant industries, and any person with an interest for environmental issues. We are looking forward to see you in this and future Mindset events.

Please do join us and share this information with others who might be interested.

Mindset Public Talk, Sep 2017

Title: Climate change, range shifts, and the global distribution of resilience
Guest Speaker: Dr Lesley Lancaster
Date & time: Wed 20 Sep 2017, 6-7:30 pm
Venue: University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC), Level 2, Chulan Tower, No 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur (GPS: 3.149604, 101.716449)
Organizer: Mindset, UNMC Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Studies
RSVP: Tue 18th Sep,

Refreshments will be served after the talk Transport from and back to UNMC will be provided for students who register before Mon 18th Sep

[To avoid traffic hassle we encourage using public transport. The nearest stations to KLTC are Monorail’s Raja Chulan (11 min walking) and MRT’s Bukit Bintang (13 min)]

About the Talk

Under periods of climatic warming, many species shift their geographic ranges to higher latitudes, as poleward habitats just beyond their ancestral range become newly suitable. Widespread, net movements of a wide range of species in a poleward direction have occurred under both post-glacial colonisation events (within the past 10,000 years) and more rapidly and recently in response to contemporary climate change. However, the consequences of these range shifts for the global patterns of species or ecosystem resilience to environmental stressors has often been under appreciated. In this presentation I will discuss the processes by which climate-mediated range shifts shape global patterns of biodiversity and resilience at different latitudes. The results have wide-ranging implications for predicting how species and ecosystems at different latitudes may respond to further environmental change.

About the Speaker

Dr. Lesley Lancaster is a macroecologist and evolutionary biologist broadly interested in spatial ecology and evolutionary processes during periods of environmental instability. She completed a PhD at the University of California Santa Cruz, studying social evolution in lizards, a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara, California, where she studied plant diversification in a Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot, and a research fellowship at Lund University in Sweden, where she investigated range shifts and their consequences for thermal adaptation, using damselflies as a model system. She is now an Associate Professor at the University of Aberdeen, where she conducts research on the biology of climate change across a wide range on insect and plant study systems. You can find her on twitter at @Lancaster_LT.


on 27 Jul, 14:01

World Rangers Day 2017

World Rangers Day 2017
Past Event
30 Jul
8:00 - 13:00
Bayview Hotel Penang

This is a private event. To attend, please contact Justine Vaz.

In conjunction with World Rangers Day 2017, the PA Financing Project is gathering over 60 rangers and officers from protected area agencies in Malaysia to participate in a special WRD 2017 in Penang. This is only the third year in a row in which rangers and other PA frontliners in Malaysia are gathering. The first two events were held in Crocker Range National Park, Sabah and Kubah National Park, Sarawak. WWF Malaysia took the lead in organizing the programmes with funding support from the Project.

This year, the PERHILITAN Worker’s Union (Kesatuan Pekerja-pekerja Jabatan Perhilitan) is taking the lead in organizing the event and the event is fully supported by the PA Financing Project. The theme they have chosen is “Unsung Heroes of the Forest” – and accordingly the programme that features rangers that have distinguished themselves through exceptional mastery of key specializations as well as those that have experienced and triumphed over adversity in the course of carrying out their duties.

These sharing sessions play a role in cultivating pride in this vocation, boosting morale and fostering bonds of solidarity among rangers working in the frontiers and frontlines of Sabah and Sarawak and the jungles and coasts of Peninsular Malaysia. This is part of the aim of the project to build common standards and the vision of a single National Framework for protected area management in Malaysia and also supporting agencies to build capacity among their staff.

In honouring rangers on World Rangers Day, we are hoping to provide a window for the general public to appreciate the work done by rangers to protect wildlife and our dwindling protected areas. We would like to partner the press in this objective and are inviting feature writers to attend the sharing sessions which will take place on at the Orchid Room, Bayview Hotel Penang on Sunday, 30 July 2017 (from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm). Lunch will be provided.

The session will provide the opportunity to listen to the presentations and to observe some of the discussions among rangers that follow. In addition, there will be opportunities to do face to face interviews with the rangers outside of the scheduled programme. We hope that the programme will provide the opportunity to gain insights into the lives of rangers and a greater appreciation of what is being done to protect Malaysia’s parks, sanctuaries and reserves.


#rangers #wildlife #protection

on 18 Jun, 14:03
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Penang’s Seagrass Bed & Mangroves

Penang’s Seagrass Bed & Mangroves
Past Event
5 Aug
9:00 - 17:00
Tropical Spice Garden


In collaboration with the Penang Seagrass Project and the Nature Society of Jit Sin High School, Nature Classroom will be holding a public exhibition together with a series of environmental education activities which include talks, art & craft DIY, games and storytelling to lead everyone into the amazing world of Penang’s seagrass bed and mangroves. Committee members from different disciplines will present their multitude views on the near shore ecosystem.


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*Registrations before 14/7/2017 is entitled a 20% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

报名请点击进入Register Here:

语音导览 Audio Tours
– 成人 Adult : RM29
– 小孩 Child : RM17

解说员导览 Guided Tours
– 成人 Adult : RM49
– 小孩 Child : RM25


Email: Call: +6012 498 8797

on 5 Jun, 21:30

Fully funded PhD scholarship with MEME (Uni. of Nottingham) to study wild elephant population in P. Malaysia

Fully funded PhD scholarship with MEME (Uni. of Nottingham) to study wild elephant population in P. Malaysia

Scholarship – PhD in Tropical Conserva4on Ecology

Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME), School of Environmental and Geographical, University of NoEngham Malaysia Campus

Project title

Status of the wild elephant popula1on in Peninsular Malaysia

Project description

Asian elephants Elephas maximus play key and irreplaceable ecological functions in ecosystems but have become endangered due to the rapid decline of their populations in recent decades. The main threat for Asian elephants is the combination of habitat loss and the resulting human-elephant conflict (HEC), especially in the form of crop raiding. Peninsular Malaysia is home to ~ 1500 wild Asian elephants, whose range has drastically declined since the middle of the 20th century. However, we know little about the status of this elephant population, especially about elephants occurring in forests outside Protected Areas (such as National and State Parks) but inside in Central Forest Spine (CFS) landscapes.

The Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) is offering a fully-funded PhD scholarship to study the status of the wild elephant population in Peninsular Malaysia’s forests, especially elephant distribution within CFS landscapes and factors affecting it. The specific focus of the study will be decided later on as part of the student’s work developing the final research proposal. This will include the specific research questions, geographical scope, and relevant methodological approaches (e.g. remote sensing, molecular work, and /or social science techniques). MEME is a 9-year research project run in collaboration with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) of Peninsular Malaysia. MEME is an interdisciplinary and holistic project that studies wild elephants behavior, ecology, and their interaction with people and aims to bring a science-driven conservati1on of elephants in Peninsular Malaysia. MEME is part of the School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC, hLp://[ More details about MEME can be found in our website and newsletter.

Candidates are expected to meet the following requirements

• Being a Malaysian citizen

• Having a Master (or equivalent) in Conservation Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, or a relevant discipline (including environmental economics and other social sciences).

• Possessing a good command of English and Bahasa Malaysia.

• Being highly mo1vated and able to work resourcefully, independently, and in a team.

The successful candidate will be en1tled to a 100% tui1on fee waiver, a monthly s1pend of RM2500, and

an annual research budget of ~ RM30,000, for a period of three years. MEME has 4WD vehicles and a field station in Gerik, Perak. This scholarship is sponsored by Yayasan Sime Darby and UNMC.

How to apply

Applications should consist of (1) a Curriculum Vitae, (2) academic transcripts, and (3) a short (1 page

maximum) statement letter describing the motivation to pursue this PhD. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz at Applica1ons, specifying the scholarship being applied for, should be sent by email before 5th July 2017 to MEME’s Project Manager at

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