Assoc. Prof. Wahizatul Afzan Azmi

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)


  • Biodiversity


  • Insects (Ecology)


  • Peninsular Malaysia

Educational Background

  • 1998 - 2001
    Bachelor in Environmental Biology, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • 2003 - 2005
    Master in Entomology, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • 2009 - 2012
    PhD in Entomology, University of Adelaide

Working Experience

  • 2002 - 2004
    Research Assistant
    Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • 2004 - 2005
    Science Teacher
    MARA Junior Science College (MRSM), Kuala Lipis, Pahang
  • 2005 - Present
    Universiti Malaysia Terengganu


  • 2015
    Expert Panel
    Projek Agropreneur Muda Lebah Madu Siri 5, Jabatan Pertanian Malaysia (Bahagian Padi, Tanaman Industri & Florikultur)
  • 2015
    Jawatankuasa Teknikal Kumbang Palma Merah (RPW), Jabatan Pertanian Malaysia (Bahagian Biosekuriti Tumbuhan)
  • 2013
    The Develeopment of ASEAN YOUTH ECO-LEADERS Through Volunteerism & Community Engagement, THE ASEAN YOUTH VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME (AYVP), Kem. Pengajian Tinggi (KPT) & UMT
  • 2012
    Terengganu Coastal Ecosystem Awareness Programme- TCEco Camp
  • 2011
    Realising Sustainable Development in the Setiu Wetlands: The Way Forward, World Wildlife Fund Malaysia (WWF) & UMT


  • 2015
    Anugerah Kepimpinan Akademik (Muda) – Majlis Anugerah Tahunan UMT 2015
  • 2014
    Loreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Malaysia Fellowship 2014 - Loreal Malaysia, Akademi Sains Malaysia & Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation


  • 2014 - 2016
    Antioxidative Defence Mechanism of Cononut (Cocos nucifera) Against the Invasive Coconut Pest, Red Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugienus Olivier)
  • 2014 - 2016
    Pollination Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Stingless Bees, Heterotrigona itama (Hymenoptera: Apidae) as Alternative Pollinator of Solanaceae and Cucurbitaceae Crops for Future Use in Agriculture
  • 2014 - 2016
    Evaluation of the entomopathogenic fungi against the invasive coconut pest, red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus)
  • 2013 - 2015
    Differential proteomics approach in elucidating the mechanisms of palm trees (i.e. oil palm and coconut) defences against infestation of the palm pest Red Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) for crops protection
  • 2012 - 2015
    Evaluation of Pheromone Synergists Using Kairomone-releasing Food Baits and Synthetics Palm Ester in Pheromone Mass Trapping System for Management of Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera:Curculionidae) in Coconut Palm Plantations
  • 2011 - 2013
    Molecular and Morphometric Identification and Biology of New Invasive Red Stripe Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Rhynchophorus spp.) on Coconut Palms
  • 2011 - 2015
    Isolation of virulent isolates of entomopathogenic fungi against the invasive coconut pest, red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus; Curculionidae; Coleoptera)


  • 2016
    Wahizatul Afzan, A., Faridah, M. and Nur Farhah A.S. (2016) Influence of imported horse food on housefly (Musca domestica Linnaeus) population densities around horse barns and stables in Terengganu equestrian resort (TER). Tropical Biomedicine 33(2); ACCEPTED. (IF: 0.931, ISI & Scopus indexed)
  • 2016
    Wahizatul Afzan, A., Chuah, T.S. and Nur Suhaili, S. (2016) Pollination efficiency of the stingless bee, Heterotrigona itama (Hymenoptera: Apidae) on chilli (Capsicum annum) in greenhouse. Journal of Tropical Plant Physiology. ACCEPTED. (Scopus indexed)
  • 2015
    Wahizatul Afzan Azmi, Alesa, Z. and Muhammad Razali, S. (2015) Notes on Pteroptyx tener (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) in Mangrove Forest of Setiu, Terengganu.Setiu Wetlands: Species, Ecosystem and Livelihoods. Penerbit UMT. Pp 67-72.
  • 2015
    Wahizatul Afzan Azmi and Hoon, A.G. (2015) Aquatic insect communities in Setiu River, Terengganu.Setiu Wetlands: Species, Ecosystem and Livelihoods. Penerbit UMT. Pp 19-25.
  • 2015
    Yong K.W., Aisyah A.B. and Wahizatul Afzan, A., (2015) Fecundity, Fertility and Survivial of Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugienus Larvae Reared on Sago Palm. Sains Malaysiana. 44: 1371-1375.
  • 2015
    Wahizatul Afzan, A., Nur Syuhadah, Z. and Roziah, G. (2015) Melissopalynology and foraging activity of stingless bees, Lepidotrigona terminata (Hymenoptera: Apidae) from an apiary in Besut, Terengganu. Journal of Sustainability Science and Management. 10(1): 27-35.
  • 2014
    Haris, M.H., Nang, M.L.S.,Chuah, T.S. and Wahizatul, A.A. The efficacy of synthetic food baits in capturing Red Palm Weevils, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in campus area of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Serangga. 19(1): 63-81.
  • 2014
    Wahizatul, A.A., Shahrol, N.D, Haris, M.H., Yong, K.W., Zazali, C. and Ahmad, S.S. (2014) Field Trapping of Adult Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) with Kairomone-Releasing Food Baits and Synthetic Pheromone Lure in a Coconut Plantation. Philippine Agriculture Scientist. 97(4): 342-348
  • 2013
    Wahizatul Afzan, A. and Jennings, J. (2013) The Impact of Management Practices of Exotic Willows (Salix spp.) on Aquatic Invertebrate Communities in South Australian Freshwater Streams. Journal of Sustainability Science and Management. 8(1) : 43-52
  • 2013
    Wahizatul Afzan A. and Lim, S.P. (2013) Comparative Study of Dipteran Species Diversity and Their Succession on Rabbit Carrion in Two Different Mangrove Areas of Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Insects. Volume 2013, Article ID 398159, 9 pages
  • 2013
    Wahizatul Afzan, A., Zazali C., Abdul Rahman, A.R. and Nurul Izzah A.G. (2013). A New Invasive Coconut Pest in Malaysia: the Red Palm Weevil (Curculionidae: Rhynchophorus ferrugineus). The Planter. 89(1043): 97-110
  • 2013
    Wahizatul, A.A. and Shasita, R. (2013). A Preliminary Study: Comparative Toxicity of Extracts from Tinospora tuberculata Beumee and Lumnitzera racemosa Willd on Aedes aegypti Linnaeus Larvae (Diptera: Culicidae). ASEAN Journal on Science & Technology for Development. 30(1 & 2): 44-49.
  • 2013
    Wahizatul, A.A., Ngadin, A., Ng, L.C. and Pong, K.K. (2013). Identification and Characterization of Fungi Associated with the Red Palm Weevil (RPW), Rhynchophorus ferrugineus: A Microscopic Study. Malaysian Journal of Microscopy. 9: 127-132.
  • 2012
    Ainatun Nadrah, Z., Hazlina, A.Z. and Wahizatul, A.A., (2012). Preliminary study on the protein profile of Red Palm Weevil (RPW) larvae’s foregut (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) fed with coconut and sago palms. Asia-Pacific Journal of molecular Medicine. Abstract for the 1st Malaysian Proteomics Conference, Vol 2 (Suppl 1): 1 p
  • 2012
    Wahizatul, A.A., Abdul Rahman, A.R., Chong, J.L. and Wong, A.S.Y. (2012). Scanning Electron Microscopy of the Red Palm Weevil (RPW), Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier (Coleoptera: Curculionidae): A new invasive pest of coconut palms in Terengganu. Malaysian Journal of Microscopy. 8: 148-152
  • 2012
    Wahizatul, A.A., Roziah, G., Nor Zalipah, M. (2012). The importance of carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta) as pollination agent for mangrove community of Setiu Wetland, Terengganu. Sains Malaysiana 41(9): 1057-1062
  • 2011
    Amirrudin B. Ahmad, Wahizatul Afzan Azmi, Johari M. Nor, Nurul Nadia Rahim and Siti Aminah Mohd Suyud.(2011)Dragonfly of Jambu Bongkok Forest Reserve, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. A Biological Assessment of Jambu Bongkok Forest Reserve, Terengganu and Nearby Ecosystem. Penerbit UMT.Pp 59-67
  • 2011
    Wahizatul Afzan, A., Long, S.H. and Amirrudin, A. (2011) Composition and Distribution of Aquatic Insect Communities in Relation to Water Quality in Two Freshwater Streams Of Hulu Terengganu, Malaysia. Journal of Sustainability Science and Management. 6(1) : 148-155
  • 2010
    Wahizatul, A.A. and Jennings, J.T. (2011) Impact of Exotic Willow Roots (Salix spp.) as Habitat for Aquatic Invertebrate Communities in South Australian Stream. Asian Journal of Biological Sciences.4(5): 428-444


  • 07-12-2015
    Evaluation of Entomopathogenic Fungi against Subterranean Termites, Globitermes sulphureus (Insecta: Isoptera) (Oral)
    International Congress of Malaysian Society for Microbiology
  • 18-08-2015
    Pollination Efficiency of the Stingless Bess, Heterotrigona itama (Hymenoptera: Apidae) on Chili (Capsicum Annuum) in Greenhouse. (Oral)
    Malaysian Society of Plant Physiology
  • 22-03-2015
    Evaluation of Entomopathogenic Fungi, Metarhizium anisopliae against Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) (Oral)
    International Symposium on Fundamental and Applied Sciences 2015
  • 13-01-2015
    Evaluation of food baits and synthetic pheromone lure in field trapping of adult Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Oral)
    Kolokium RACE (Research Acculturation Collaborative Efforts)
  • 17-06-2014
    Dragonfly Communities in Coastal Habitats of Terengganu: Species Composition, Biotope and Microhabitat Preferences (Oral)
    National Seminar on Heath Ecosystem (NSOHE) 2014
  • 26-11-2013
    Identification and Characterization of Fungi Associated with the Red Palm Weevil (RPW), Rhynchophorus ferrugineus: A Microscopic Study. (Oral)
    Scientific Conference of Microscopy Society Malaysia (MSM 2013)
  • 08-11-2013
    A Comparative Study on Life Cycle of Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) on Coconut Cabbage and Sago Palm (Oral)
    The Global Conference on Entomology (GCE 2013)
  • 28-10-2013
    Diversity and Abundance of Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Relation to Human Disturbance in Selected Areas of Terengganu, Malaysia, (Oral)
    ANET International Conference 2013


  • 2012 - 2013
    Imerys Biodiversity Survey, Imerys Minerals Malaysia Sdn. Bhd
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