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


Current Affiliation

Organization: Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia
Position: Co-founder & Executive Director

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.

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.


  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.