Dr. Chen Pelf Nyok

Pelf Nyok Chen

Turtle Researcher & Conservationist. Ph.D. in Zoology. TEDxKL Speaker. Woman in Science. Commonwealth Point of Light for Malaysia. Environmentally and children-friendly, really!
Pelf Nyok Chen


  1. Symposium on Conservation of Biodiversity in Penghu Bay, Taiwan. 5-9 September 2018. Penghu Living Museum, Penghu, Taiwan. Gave two talks entitled “Terrapin Research and Conservation Efforts by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia,” and “Turtle Conservation Initiatives in Malaysia.”
  2. Young Conservation Scientists Conference. 25-27 May 2017. Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Bangkok. Gave a talk entitled “Research and conservation of the Southern River Terrapin, Batagur affinis, in Malaysia: A case study involving the local community.”
  3. 7th Terengganu International Eco and Marine Tourism Conference (TEMCO). 10-11 October 2016. Primula Beach Hotel, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Gave a talk entitled “Saving the River Terrapins: 13 years of research, conservation, education and ecotourism in Terengganu.”
  4. The 2015 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium. 15-16 April 2015. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia. Gave a talk entitled “Tracking the Movements of a Post-Nesting Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis edwardmolli).”
  5. 3rd Asia Regional Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology – Asia Section. 19-22 August 2014. Equatorial Hotel, Melaka, Malaysia. Gave a talk entitled “Community based terrapin conservation in Terengganu, Malaysia.”
  6. 12th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles. 4-7 August 2014. Orlando, Florida, USA. Gave a talk entitled “Tracking the movements of post-nesting River Terrapins: An experiment.”
  7. 11th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles. 7-10 August 2013. St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Gave a talk entitled “Nesting frequency, clutch size and hatching success of Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) in Malaysia” and presented a poster entitled “Outreach projects to raise turtle conservation awareness.”
  8. 7th World Congress of Herpetology. 8-14 August 2012. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Gave a talk entitled “Population structure and growth of the critically endangered painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) in the Setiu River, Terengganu, Malaysia” and presented a poster entitled “Community participation in a river terrapin conservation project in Kemaman, Terengganu, Malaysia.”
  9. TEDxKualaLumpur. 20 August 2011. Gave a talk entitled “What’s My Story?” Black Box MAP @ Publika, Kuala Lumpur.
  10. 12th Annual Student Conference on Conservation Science. 22-24 March 2011. University of Cambridge, UK. Presented a poster entitled “Participation of the local community in saving the river terrapins.”
  11. Conservation of Asian Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles Workshop. 21-24 February 2011. Singapore Zoo. Presented a Country Report on the Status of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles in Malaysia.
  12. 30th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. 26-29 April 2010. Goa, India.
  13. Roundtable Discussion to Enhance Enforcement on Poaching By Foreign Fishing Vessels. 15 December 2009. Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  14. Regional Workshop on the Direct Capture of Sea Turtles. 1-3 June 2009. Felda Residence, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.
  15. 22nd Annual Society for Conservation Biology Meeting. 13-17 July 2008. Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
  16. 12th Biological Sciences Graduate Congress. 17-19 December 2007. Presented a talk entitled “Developing a protocol for raising river terrapins in captivity.” University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  17. KUSTEM 2nd Post-Graduate Seminar. 27 November 2005. Presented a talk entitled “Terrapin Independence Day.” Also presented a poster by the same title. Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia.
  18. KUSTEM 4th Annual Seminar. 2-5 May 2005. Primula Beach Resort, Kuala Terengganu. Presented a paper entitled “Growth response of river terrapin (Batagur baska) hatchlings fed with commercially-available feeds and combinations with kangkung.”