Pelf Nyok Chen

Pelf Nyok Chen

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

Resume

Current Affiliation

2011
Co-founder

2016 – current
Executive Director
Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Professional Appointments

2018 – current
Vice President
Society for Conservation Biology—Malaysia Chapter

2018 – current
Member
Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG)
Species Survival Commission (SSC)
International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Academic Qualifications

2018: Ph.D. in Zoology
Thesis title: Nesting, reproductive and hatchling biology and conservation of the Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis). Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Status: Passed Ph.D. defence on 28th Sept 2017. First Ph.D. in the field of non-marine turtles in the country.

2008: Master of Science in Biodiversity and Conservation
Thesis title: Head-starting of river terrapins (Batagur baska): Feeding trials of hatchlings and juveniles. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.

2004: Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology
CGPA: 3.538. Awarded Dean’s List in 4 consecutive semesters
Thesis title: A study on the zooplankton collected by light traps near a coral reef. Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia.

Recent Media Appearances

  1. Malaysian marine biologist is a poster girl for turtle conservation. 2018. The Star. Link.

  2. Women scientists show young girls anything is possible. 2018. The Star. Link.
  3. Asia’s hunger for sand takes a toll on endangered species. 2018. Science Mag. Link.

  4. Guardians of the River Terrapin. 2017. Malaysia.my. Link.

  5. 13 years on, efforts to save Terengganu turtles continue for Pelf Nyok, Yuan Ying. 2017. New Straits Times. Link.

  6. Kemaman NGO moving mountains to save endangered river terrapins. 2017. New Straits Times. Link.

Awards/Scholarships/Recognitions

  1. August 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.

  2. October 2011. Awarded a CIMB Regional Scholarship by CIMB Foundation to pursue Ph.D. studies in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

  3. February 2008. Awarded a 4-month scholarship for professional training in turtle conservation in USA from the Asian Scholarship Program for in-situ Chelonian Conservation (ASPin-situCC).

  4. December 2007. Awarded the “Best Presenter (Second Runner Up)” in the 12th Biological Sciences Graduate Congress. Universiti Malaya.

  5. 2005. Awarded “Best Oral Presenter” in KUSTEM’s 2nd Post-Graduate Seminar.

  6. 2004. Awarded the “Certificate of Appreciation” from the Rector of KUSTEM, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Mahyuddin Mohd. Dahan for an article published in The Star.