is a group of researchers at the University of Malaya who enjoy nothing more than exploring the seagrass meadows, coral reefs and mangroves of Malaysia.
If you are curious about these marine habitats, want to pick up advanced field ecology and marine geography methods, and love being stranded on tropical islands for work, feel free to get in touch with us.
Read about our purpose here.
"Only if we understand, will we care.
Only if we care, will we help.
Only if we help shall all be saved."
- Jane Goodall, primatologist, animal rights activist, author
There's no better place to study marine ecology than in a global marine biodiversity hotspot!
"No ocean, no life. No blue, no green."
- Sylvia Earle, marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer
18 August 2018: Affendi Yang Amri is President of the Malaysian Society of Marine Sciences
Congratulations to Affendi Yang Amri on his appointment as President for 2018 - 2020. We wish him all the best!
The Malaysian Society of Marine Sciences (MSMS) was established in 1975 to promote and advance the knowledge of all aspects of the marine sciences, with particular reference to Malaysia and the neighbouring region. Some of us at Team Sea Habitats have been long-time members of MSMS, and it looks like we'll be ramping up our outreach activities via this society even more now. Exciting days ahead!
23 March 2018: Article Wins Environmental
19 Aug 2017: Ai FM DJ Competition
Ai FM, a Chinese language radio channel established by the BBC in 1946 (channel 89.3), launched "Suara Impian Ai FM" (Voice Search and Talent 2017), to search for young talent with "good voice and a nice personality, good command of the Chinese language and knowledge of Chinese culture, as well as good communication skills". Out of the ten applicants selected for training and subsequent elimination rounds over a 2-month period, Mok Man Ying from Team Sea Habitats emerged the grand champion. Check out the dugong clip she made for one of her elimination rounds.
24 May 2017: The King's Scholarship
His Royal Highness, the Yang diPertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, conferred the Yang DiPertuan Agong Scholarship (BYDPA) 2017 to 12 Malaysian postgraduate students. Harris Heng Wei Khang from Team Sea Habitats was one of those 12 recipients. Harris received the scholarship for his Master of Philosophy degree in dugong feeding ecology at the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Malaya.
January 2018: New Marine Parks Islands in Johor?
Our new book for the Department of Marine Park Malaysia is out! In it, we report on the biodiversity of 8 non-protected islands in Johor. Local communities and fishermen were surveyed for their socio-economic dependence on the islands, their perceptions of whether gazettement is needed, and potential impacts on their livelihoods. Based on this report, all these 8 islands (Pulau Lima Besar, Pulau Lima Kechil, Tokong Rakit, Tokong Gantang, Tokong Chupak, Tokong Belalai, Tokong Chondong, and Tokong Yu) have been earmarked for gazettement by Federal and State authorities.
Authors: Affendi Yang Amri, Jillian Ooi, Yusri Yusuf, Amy Then Yee Hui, Goh Hong Ching, Hong Chern Wern, Rosman Abdullah, Izarenah Md. Ripin and Abd Muntalib bin Juli.
January 2018: Mersing Marine Park Islands book
Our new book published by the Department of Marine Park Malaysia. In it, we synthesize all published information about the state of the marine environment in the Mersing Marine Park Islands, identify existing knowledge gaps, and what needs to be considered in establishing a Marine Protected Area Network in this group of islands.
Authors: Jillian Ooi, Goh Hong Ching, Amy Then Yee Hui, Affendi Yang Amri, Izarenah Md. Ripin and Abd Muntalib bin Juli.