Experts

Dr. Chen Pelf Nyok

Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCS)
Gender
Female

Expertise

  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Environment

Specialization

  • Turtles (Ecology)
  • Reptiles (Ecology)

Locality

  • Peninsular Malaysia

Educational Background

  • 2001 - 2004
    Bachelor in Marine Biology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  • 2005 - 2008
    Master in Biodiversity and Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  • 2012 - 2018
    PhD in Zoology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Working Experience

  • 2004 - 2009
    Research Assistant
    Sea Turtle Research Unit, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  • 2009 - 2011
    Co-founder
    Turtle Conservation Centre
  • 2011 - Present
    Co-founder and Executive Director
    Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Recognition

  • 2018
    First Ph.D. awarded in the field of non-marine turtles in Malaysia.
  • 2013
    Awarded the “Best Student Presenter (Runner Up)” in the 11th Annual Symposium of the Biology and Conservation of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles. St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
  • 2011
    Awarded a CIMB Regional Scholarship by CIMB Foundation to pursue Ph.D. studies in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
  • 2008
    Awarded a 4-month scholarship for professional training in turtle conservation in USA and Canada from the Asian Scholarship Program for in-situ Chelonian Conservation (ASPin-situCC).
  • 2007
    Awarded the “Best Presenter (Second Runner Up)” in the 12th Biological Sciences Graduate Congress. Universiti Malaya.
  • 2005
    Awarded “Best Oral Presenter” in KUSTEM’s 2nd Post-Graduate Seminar.

Research

  • 2018 - 2018
    A Survey to Assess the Current Nesting Density and Conservation Status of Batagur affinis in Pahang, Malaysia.
  • 2016 - 2017
    Involving the Local Community in a River Terrapin Conservation Project.
  • 2015 - 2016
    Tracking the Critically Endangered Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) Through Environmental DNA.
  • 2011 - 2012
    Involving the Local Community in the Conservation of the Critically Endangered Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) in the Setiu River, Terengganu.
  • 2011 - 2012
    Growth of River and Painted Terrapins in the Setiu River, Terengganu.
  • 2011 - 2018
    Community-Based River Terrapin Conservation in Kemaman, Terengganu, Malaysia.
  • 2010 - 2012
    Elevate Survival Prospects for the Critically Endangered Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) of Terengganu, Malaysia, Through Research, Conservation, Local Community Participation, Public Outreach and Education.
  • 2006 - 2007
    Temperature-Dependent Sex-Determination Studies in the River Terrapin.
  • 2005 - 2008
    Head-Starting of River Terrapins (Batagur baska): Feeding Trials of Hatchlings and Juveniles.
  • 2004 - 2015
    Setiu River Terrapin Recovery Project.

Publication

  • 2018
    Chen, P. N. 2018. Nesting, Reproductive and Hatchling Biology and Conservation of the Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis). Ph.D. Thesis. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
  • 2017
    Chen, P.N. 2017. Conservation of the Southern River Terrapin Batagur affinis (Reptilia: Testudines: Geoemydidae) in Malaysia: a case study involving local community participation. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 9(4):10035–10046.
  • 2017
    Wilson J.J., Sing, K.W., Chen, P.N. and Zieritz, A. 2017. Tracking the southern river terrapin (Batagur affinis) through environmental DNA: prospects and challenges. Mitochondrial DNA Part A, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/24701394.2017.1373109
  • 2016
    Ismail, N.A., Ghani, N.I.A., Chen, P.N., Manaf, L.A., Jamil, N.R. and Ismail, A. 2016. Cross-Species Microsatellite Amplification of River Terrapin (Batagur affinis). Acta Biologica Malaysiana, 5(2&3):75–79.
  • 2015
    Chen, P.N. and Wong, A. 2015. Tracking the movements of a post-nesting Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis edwardmolli). AIP Conference Proceedings 1678, 020010.
  • 2015
    Moll, E.O., Platt, S.G., Chan, E.H., Horne, B.D., Platt, K., Praschag, P., Chen, P.N. and van Dijk, P.P. 2015. Batagur affinis (Cantor 1847) — Southern River Terrapin, Tuntong. Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises: A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. Chelonian Research Monographs 5(8):090.1–17.
  • 2014
    Chen, P.N. and Chan, E.H. 2014. High Hatch Rates in Malaysian River Terrapin Program Cause for Optimism. Turtle Survival Alliance. Pp 51-52.
  • 2011
    Chan, E.H. and Chen, P.N. 2011. Nesting activity and clutch size of Batagur affinis edwardmolli from the Setiu River, Terengganu, Malaysia. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 10(1):129–132.
  • 2010
    Chen P. N., Pilcher, N.J., Chan, E.H., Kaur, C. R. and Hiew, K. 2010. Report of the Roundtable Discussion to Enhance Enforcement on Poaching By Foreign Fishing Vessels. 15 December 2009. Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA), Kuala Lumpur. 32pp.
  • 2008
    Chen, P. N. 2008. Head-Starting of River Terrapins (Batagur baska): Feeding Trials of Hatchlings and Juveniles. M.Sc. Thesis. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.

Presentation

  • 25-05-2017
    Research and conservation of the Southern River Terrapin, Batagur affinis, in Malaysia: A case study involving the local community. (Oral)
    Young Conservation Scientists Conference. Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Bangkok
  • 10-10-2016
    Saving the River Terrapins: 13 years of research, conservation, education and ecotourism in Terengganu. (Oral)
    7th Terengganu International Eco and Marine Tourism Conference (TEMCO)
  • 15-04-2015
    Tracking the Movements of a Post-Nesting Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis edwardmolli). (Oral)
    2015 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • 19-08-2014
    Community based terrapin conservation in Terengganu, Malaysia. (Oral)
    3rd Asia Regional Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology – Asia Section.
  • 04-08-2014
    Tracking the movements of post-nesting River Terrapins: An experiment. (Oral)
    12th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles. Turtle Survival Alliance, USA.
  • 07-08-2013
    Nesting frequency, clutch size and hatching success of Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) in Malaysia. (Oral)
    11th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles. Turtle Survival Alliance, USA.
  • 08-08-2012
    Population structure and growth of the critically endangered painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) in the Setiu River, Terengganu, Malaysia. (Oral)
    7th World Congress of Herpetology.
  • 22-03-2011
    Participation of the local community in saving the river terrapins. (Paper)
    12th Annual Student Conference on Conservation Science.
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