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Title Student receives scholarships from Agong
Date 24th May 2017
Description On 24th May 2017, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V conferred the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Scholarship 2017 to 12 students of institutions of higher learning. Among them is our IOES Master Candidate, Mr Heng Wei Khang (Masters of Marine Biology Science). Read more
 


Title Awards from 10th WESTPAC International Scientific Conference
Venue Qingdao, China
Date 17th - 20th April 2017
Description IOES PhD student, Miss Winnie Lau Lik Sing won the Best Young Scientist Oral Presentation Award for her presentation entitled “Characterization of a new species of Chattonella that caused massive wild fish kill event at the northeast coast of Peninsular Malaysia” while IOES Master student, Liow Guat Ru won the Best Young Scientist Poster Award for her poster on “Microplastics in sediments of “Monitoring of a paralytic shellfish toxic producer Alexandrium” at the 10th WESTPAC International Scientific Conference, 17-20 April 2017, Qingdao, China. Read more
 


Title Report from the 2017 Third Xiamen Marine Environmental Sciences Symposium (XMAS-III)
Venue Xiamen University Science and Arts Center, Siming Campus, Xiamen, China
Date 9th - 11th Jan 2017
Description The 2017 Third Xiamen Marine Environmental Sciences Symposium (XMAS-III) was held in Xiamen University Science and Arts Center, Siming Campus, Xiamen, China from January 9th to 11th. This biennial scientific event was attended by more than six hundreds participants. Eleven research staffs and graduate students from Institute of Ocean and Earth Science (IOES), University of Malaya (UM) participated in this symposium. Read more
 


Title Best Oral Presentation (Student and Young Investigator Special Symposium 2016) - Ms Vejeysri Vello
Event 4th Asia-Oceania Algae Innovation Summit: Accelerate Research and Commercialization of Algae
Date 18 - 21 September 2016
Summary We happy to announce that Miss Vejeysri Vello (Ph.D student) won the Best Oral Presentation (Student and Young Investigator Special Symposium) at the 4th Asia-Oceania Algae Innovation Summit: Accelerate Research and Commercialization of Algae, 18-21 September 2016, Wuhan China. She also received the Travel Scholarship for her participation in the same conference.
 


Title Merit Award for Poster presentation at the Bioenergy and Biorefinery Conference - Southeast Asia 2016: Sustainable Manufacturing for Food, Fuels and Chemicals
Date 30th May - 1st Jun 2016
Summary We happy to announce that Dr. Yeong Hui Yin and her team (Miss Ou Mei Cing, Prof Dr Ka-Lai Pang & Prof. Dr Phang Siew-Moi) won a Merit Award for Poster presentation at the Bioenergy and Biorefinery Conference - Southeast Asia 2016: Sustainable Manufacturing for Food, Fuels and Chemicals, 30 May – 1 Jun 2016, Singapore.

Mei-Cing Ou, Hui-Yin Yeong, Ka-Lai Pang, & Siew-Moi Phang (2016) Isolation and Optimization of Lipid Production in Selected Malaysian Thraustochytrids. Bioenergy and Biorefinery Conference - Southeast Asia 2016: Sustainable Manufacturing for Food, Fuels and Chemicals, 30 May – 1 Jun 2016, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory Limited, National University of Singapore, Singapore. P 67.
 

Dr. Louia's article on sea cows, Rapid action necessary to protect Malaysia's sea cows and their habitat is published on Asia Research News 2015.

"Malaysia aims to protect 10% of its marine environment by 2020. Less than 1%, however, is currently protected.This may have dire consequences for the country's endangered dugong population, warned a Malaysia scientist and her research team."

Please download the article here



Congratulation! IOES is awarded as HICoE
Thrust: Research and Innovation
Niche Area: Air-Ocean-Land Interactions
Brief History of CoE

The Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya has its roots in the University of Malaya Maritime Research Centre (UMMReC) which was established in 2003 in response to the national call for more concerted research in the marine sciences, considering the importance of Malaysia’s abundant marine heritage as well as to coordinate and lead all research activities and consultancies in marine and maritime research at the University of Malaya. The establishment of IOES was approved by the University of Malaya Management on 23 October 2007 and officially launched on 17 January 2008. The IOES was approved by the University of Malaya Board of Directors and under the management of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Office (Research & Innovation) on 17 April 2008.

The IOES received further accolade by being recognised as a Marine Centre of Excellence (COE) under the National Oceanography Directorate (NOD), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The uniqueness of IOES lies in its multidisciplinary team of distinguished researchers who are leading scientists in the areas of mangrove ecology, algae biotechnology, coastal eco-engineering, air-ocean interaction and climate change, maritime law and maritime culture. In the IOES, the blend of natural scientists and social scientists provide a formidable team to respond to both scientific and socio-economic issues confronting the coastal and maritime systems.
Function of CoE

The Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), conducts research and undertakes education and technology development in ocean and earth sciences. The research mission of this institute is to achieve international excellence, lead in national and regional research programmes, and to be a leading academic centre for ocean and earth sciences in the region. The function of the Institute is three-pronged: Research, Academic Training and Technology Development, which it carries out through its members helming seven Research Units, namely
  • Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Studies Research Unit
  • Marine Biotechnology Research Unit
  • Marine Connectivity Research Unit
  • Air-Ocean-Land Interaction Studies and Climate Change Research Unit
  • Coastal Processes Studies and Coastal Engineering Research Unit
  • Maritime Culture & Geopolitics Research Unit
  • Maritime Law and Policy Research Unit
The main strengths of IOES lie in the diversity, depth and range of expertise available, particularly in the rare expertise of maritime law and policy, political science and international relations, socio-economics, maritime history, culture and geopolitics, climate change, marine geology, mangrove ecology, marine biotechnology, marine biodiversity and marine genomics. These combined research strengths, unique in the Malaysian scenario, will allow IOES to integrate multidisciplinary approaches to the study of fundamental scientific problems and to discover new and novel products and processes in our oceans.

Since its establishment in 2008, IOES has researched and published widely on areas of tropical marine biodiversity and ecology, marine biotechnology, coastal rehabilitation and engineering, air-ocean-earth interactions, and established the “Journal of Maritime Culture and Geopolitics“, the first such journal in the country. This is addition to the IOES Monograph Series that is published by the IOES.
Objective of the IOES-CoE
  • To understand the influence of Air-Ocean-Land Interactions on land and its biota through transdisciplinary approaches
  • To direct these interactions to the forecasting of storms & other impacts, their mitigation and to useful applications
 



Workshop on Extreme Weather & Flood:
Preliminary Investigation on the Recent Flood in the East Coast of Malaysia
Venue: Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya
Date: 27th February 2015
The Workshop on Extreme Weather and Flood: Preliminary Investigation on the Recent Flood in the East Coast of Malaysia was successfully organized by the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya, in association with the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD), National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM), Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia and Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) on 27th February 2015, at the University of Malaya. This workshop brought together the researchers, scientists, environmentalists and policy makers to exchange information and discuss the process and mechanism of the extreme flood events. The workshop also identified research priorities for funding to improve the skill of forecasting extreme weather and flooding; and identify the knowledge and technological gaps that have to be undertaken.

The workshop was held at the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Malaya, and was attended by 70 participants including representatives from Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD), National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM), Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia and Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia, Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA), Malaysian Centre for Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MaCGDI), Jabatan Mineral dan Geosains Malaysia, Research Centre for Tropical Climate Change System (IKLIM), Institute of Climate Change, researchers and postgraduate students.
Participants of the Workshop on Extreme Weather and Flood: Preliminary Investigation on the Recent Flood in the East Coast of Malaysia

Discussion on “Scientific and technological gap needed to provide better forecasting and mitigation of flooding”.
Several speakers are invited to the workshop to discuss the scientific issues related to December 2014 extreme flooding such as:
Dr Mohd Hisham Mohd Anip
Senior Meteorological Officer, National Weather Centre, Malaysia Meteorological Department (MMD)
Mr Kumarenthiran Subramaniam
Meteorological Officer, Climate and Weather Model Development Section, Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD)
Professor Dr. Zulkifli Yusop FASc
Dean of Research, Water Research Alliance, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Dr Edlic Sathiamurthy
Senior Lecturer, School of Marine Science and Environment, University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)
Dr. Abolghasem Akbari
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Civil Engineering & Earth Resources, University Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
Ir. Mohd Zaki Bin Mat Amin
Director, Water Resources and Climate Change Research Centre, National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM)
Mdm. Paridah Anun Bt. Tahir
Deputy Director, Water Resources Management & Hydrology, Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia (JPS)
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The Third Institute of Oceanography (TIO) and University of Malaya (UM) Scientific Expedition to the Kelantan River Basin and Estuary
Date: 28th November – 04 December 2014
The Scientific Expedition to the Kelantan River Basin and Estuary was successfully carried out by the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya together with the Third Institute of Oceanography (TIO), State Oceanic Administration, Republic of China on 28th November – 04 December 2014. The primary interest of this expedition is to discover and to understand the coastal process at the Kelantan River basin and estuary.

Scientific Expedition to the Kelantan River Basin and Estuary



The 3rd Southeast Asian Seaweed Taxonomy Workshop (SEASTax III)
Venue:Bachok Marine Research Station, Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya, Bachok, Kelantan
Date: 21st - 28th August 2014
The 3rd Southeast Asian Seaweed Taxonomy Workshop (SEASTax III) under the auspices of the Asia-Pacific Phycological Association (APPA), was successfully organized by the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya (UM), in association with the National Oceanography Directorate (NOD), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), with the aim of bringing together the taxonomists from the Southeast Asian region to work on selected seaweed flora of their respective countries. The workshop offers a platform to train young researchers to identify marine algae based on morphology and anatomy for taxonomic and phylogenetic studies, in view of the emerging importance of seaweed resources in the field of marine biotechnology.

Twenty-six participants from eight countries, including representatives from government agencies (Marine Parks and NOD) as well as researchers and postgraduate students from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, attended the workshop. A series of lectures were delivered in the workshop by renowned taxonomists from Australia (Prof. Dr. John A. West), Korea (Prof. Dr. Sung-Min Boo), Taiwan (Prof. Dr. Showe-Mei Lin), Philippines (Dr. Anicia Q. Hurtado), and Malaysia (Prof. Dr. Siew-Moi Phang). One-day field trips to the Perhentian Islands as well as the mangrove areas at Semarak were organized to allow the participants to recognize specimens in the field for collection, and also to be accustomed with the proper way of handling specimens during sampling.
The Southeast Asian Seaweed Taxonomists
Excited participants heading to the Perhentian Islands for field work and photographing specimens at the boat.

Collecting mangrove-associated red algae at Semarak.



The Third Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Biotoxins National Workshop on Systematic and Advanced Methodologies in Harmful Algae Monitoring
Venue:Bachok Marine Research Station, Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya, Bachok, Kelantan
Date: 12th - 15th August 2014
A four-days HABs and Biotoxins National Workshop was jointly organized by the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), UM, National Oceanography Directorate (NOD), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), and UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission sub-commission for the Western Pacific-HAB project (WESTPAC-HAB). The workshop is part of the efforts to counter-measure the increase of fish kill at aquacultures areas and shellfish poisonings in the country, with regards to the needs of enhancing and standardizing monitoring activities among the agencies involved. The workshop took place at Bachok Marine Research Station, IOES, UM, Bachok, from August 12 – 15, 2014. It drew over 37 participants, including representatives from government agencies (Department of Fisheries, Biosecurity Division of Fisheries), research institutes (Fisheries Research Institute, Science and Technology Research Institute of Defences) as well as researchers and postgraduate students (UKM, UPM, USM, UMK, NUS). A series of lectures was delivered in the four-day workshop by the renowned experts in the field, with distinguished speakers from Japan and Malaysia. In the workshop, participants were given hand-on training on basic and advanced techniques in HABs monitoring. This included the various sampling techniques in HAB monitoring, species identification by microscopy, and rapid molecular detection of HABs species.



National Environmental Research Council (NREC) and University of Malaya (UM) International Opportunities Fund Campaign
Venue:Bachok Marine Research Station, Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya, Bachok, Kelantan
Date:13th January – 16th February 2014
In January of 2014 a research demonstration activity on atmospheric trace gases, the IOF campaign (UK National Environmental Research Council International Opportunities Fund) was undertaken. This was based at the Bachok atmospheric research laboratory. This campaign was undertaken by UM in partnership with the Universities of Cambridge and East Anglia and NCAS (UK National Centre for Atmospheric Science). Collaborators from the UK (Universities of East Anglia, Cambridge, York, and Royal Holloway, London), New Zealand (NIWA, New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research), Australia (CSIRO, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) and Malaysian partners (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, MetMalaysia) were based at the Bachok station for a month long period post monsoon.

The research campaign was timed to capture the period at the end of the South East Asian winter monsoon to investigate atmospheric composition and variability as well as to attempt to characterise regional and long range transport. This exercise brought together cutting edge instrumentation and expertise to both demonstrate capability and investigate specific scientific issues. One specific area of investigation was the “Tropical Cold Surge” phenomenon. This long range transport effect is associated with outflow from Siberian and Chinese high pressure systems into Southern Asia. These transport events have the potential to transport anthropogenically industrially or combustion polluted air from Northern continental Asia and/or the Indochinese peninsula long distances to the South. Data from this campaign is currently being analysed including with trajectory models and it is hoped that this campaign will result in a better constrained climatology for the region as well as demonstrate the capability of this important new regional monitoring site as well as the importance of its location.
Internal view of the atmospheric research laboratory during the IOF campaign. Image shows part of the extensive instrument suite deployed for the period.



University of Malaya and Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Outreach Program on Marine Microbial Ecology
Venue:Bachok Marine Research Station, Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya, Bachok, Kelantan
Date:17th November 2014
The Outreach Program on Marine Microbial Ecology was successfully organized jointly by the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya (UM) and the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) on 17 November 2012 at the Bachok Marine Research Station, Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya, Bachok, Kelantan. The objectives of this programme was to introduce the role of oceans and microbes in global climate change scenarios. Lectures were delivered by Associate Professor Dr Lee Choon Weng, IOES, University of Malaya and followed by a practical hand-on session where the participants were shown how to use research microscopy with digital imaging system for the observation of phytoplankton and zooplankton in nearby aquatic habitats, as well as the use of spectrophotometer and apparatus for some basic marine chemistry studies.
Students are observing the phytoplankton and zooplankton samples under research microscopy and carrying out marine chemistry measurements



Best Student Poster Presentation of 2nd XMAS Symposium - Winnie Lau
The Second Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences was held in Xiamen, China from January 7 to 9, 2015. In this symposium, a graduate student, Winnie Lau Lik Sing, from Institute of Ocean and Earth Science (IOES), University of Malaya was sponsored by Xiamen University to attend the three days Symposium. Her abstract entitled “Rapid detection of harmful Raphidophyte, Chattonella sp using whole-cell FISH” was accepted as poster presentation during student session in the symposium.

She also participated in 2nd XMAS student session that organized by Student Union of China Ocean Sciences (SUCOS) which aimed to improve academic exchanges graduate students. In poster competition participated by 161 students from various countries, her poster was selected by the six person panel judges as one of the 4 best posters of the symposium, after two round evaluation. Her project was supervised by Associate Professor Dr. Lim Po Teen and Dr. Leaw Chui Pin from IOES, UM. The winner was awarded with a certificate, with prize money of Chinese Yuan two thousand five hundreds. Well done, Winnie.



Title Silver Medal for Novel Reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO) based algae-fuel cell (AFC) for generation of electricity from photosynthesis. Bioinnovation 2014, KLCC, 20-21 November 2014.
Recipients PROF. PHANG SIEW MOI, DR. VENGADESH PERIASAMY, MISS NG FONG LEE, MR. MUHAMMAD MUSODDIQ JAAFAR, MR. CHAN ZHIJIAN, MISS AISYAH IBRAHIM, DR. KAMRAN YUNUS, DR. ADRIAN C. FISHER
Venue KLCC
Date 20 - 21 November Sep 2014
 

Title The third Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Biotoxins National Workshop on “Systematic and Advanced Methodologies in Harmful Algae Monitoring”
Date 12 - 15 Aug 2014
Venue Bachok Marine Research Station, University of Malaya
Programme
 



Workshop on Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change in Asia (WACCCA 2014)

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Best Student Oral Macroalgae at the 5th Congress of International Society for Applied Phycology 2014

Dr. Yusrizam Sharifuddin and Phd Student, Mr. Chin Yao Xian has won the Award of Excellence- Best Student Oral Macroalgae at the 5th Congress of International Society for Applied Phycology 2014, Sydney, Australia (22 -27 June 2014).

Mr. Chin's paper was on " Yao-Xian Chin, Yusrizam Sharifuddin, Phaik Eem Lim, Green Brian, Maggs A Christine and Siew Moi Phang (2014). Evaluation of Malaysian Seaweeds for Anti-diabetic Potential."
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WESTPAC Best Young Scientist Poster Award - Mr. Toh Hii Tan

Mr. Toh Hii Tan (Malaysia) obtained the Best Young Scientist Poster Award with their posters on "Habitat preference of potentially harmful benthic dinoflagellates in the fringing reefs of TalangBesar Island, Malaysia"
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Recipient of the Anugerah Perdana Belia Negara - Dr. Louisa Ponnampalam

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Louisa Ponnampalam, a Research Fellow of the Institute of Ocean & Earth Sciences (IOES) has been awarded the Anugerah Perdana Belia Negara (APBN) 2014 (Special Category). She received the award from the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najid Tun Razak in a ceremony at Putrajaya yesterday. The award is in conjunction with the National Youth Day celebration.

Dr. Louisa Ponnampalam is a marine biologist specializing in dolphin, whale and dugong ecology and conservation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Marine Science from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and a Ph.D. from the University of London's University Marine Biological Station Millport in Scotland. Her research career on these charismatic marine mammals spans 10 years across various seas, including the Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Bering Sea, Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea.






New species described by IOES members

Batrachospermum phangii E.T. Johnston. P.E. Lim & M.L. Vis 2014


Mesospora elongata Poong, Lim & Phang (2013)


Boleophthalmus poti Gianluca Polgar (2013)


Pterocladiella phangiae Jelveh, Lim & Maggs (2013)


Pterocladiella megasporangia Jelveh, Lim & Phang (2013)


Kappaphycus malesianus Tan, Lim & Phang (2013)