The program aims to understand the population ecology and behaviour of marine mammals (whales, dolphins and dugong) and sea turtles, and human-animal interactions in Malaysian waters. The research methods used have included boat, aerial, fisherman interview and questionnaire surveys, and site investigations on stranded or incidentally caught animals. Recently, research has progressed by using advance techniques (UAV and USV, satellite and radio telemetry, bioacoustics, and molecular/isotope analysis) with international support and collaboration.
The program mainly focusses on the following research:
The program in UMT is currently the main collaborator in conducting the Working Package for Marine Endangered Megafauna in the project “Monitoring and Conservation of the Coastal Ecosystem in the
South China Sea” and the IOC/WESTPAC project “Regional Study of Marine Endangered Species (Mammals and Sea Turtles) in the Tropical Asia for Effective Conservation (MESTA)”. The projects are coordinated by FIO and mainly supported by the China-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation Fund.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saifullah Arifin bin Jaaman @ Sharman (Leader)
Dr. Uzair bin Rusli
Dr. Maizah binti Mohd Abdullah
Dr. Siti Tafzilmeriam binti Sheikh Abdul Kadir
Dr. Zhang Xuelei (FIO, China)
Dr. Zulqarnain bin Mohamed (UM)
Asoc. Prof. Dr. Juanita Joseph (UMS)
Hairul Masrini binti Muhammad (XU)