PhD (Conservation Science), James Cook University; MSc. (Biology), National University of Singapore; B.S (Biology), National University of Singapore

Professor Gopalasamy Reuben Clements is a conservation scientist by training. He is currently the Associate Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies in the School of Medical and Life Sciences in Sunway University and a Senior Fellow with the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development. He received his PhD in conservation science from James Cook University and obtained his MSc and BSc in biology from the National University of Singapore. Reuben’s research focuses on forest and biodiversity conservation and has published over 90 articles that include Nature, and his work has been featured in the BBCNew York Times and National Geographic. He has also co-founded a local non-profit research organization known as Rimba, which conducts applied research on the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems in Peninsular Malaysia. In 2018, Reuben’s team worked with the Terengganu state government to create a legislation to gazette a 30,000-hectare protected area known as the Kenyir State Park. He is now focusing on developing conservation finance mechanisms to fund the management and expansion of this State Park.  


2021-present: Professor and Associate Dean (Research), School of Medical and Life Sciences, Sunway University, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia.
2017-2020: Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Sunway University, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia.
2014-present: Field Conservation Associate, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, USA.
2010-present: Co-Founder and Vice-President, Rimba, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Kenyir for Life [link]

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