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 and a Research Fellow at the Jeffrey Sachs Center (JSC).

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 60 articles in international journals that include Nature, and his work has been featured in the BBC, New York Times and National Geographic. He 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. Reuben currently leads the ‘Kenyir For Life’ project, which aims to manage 30,000 hectares of forests around Lake Kenyir, which were gazetted as a state park in 2018 in a collaboration involving Rimba and the Terengganu state government. This project also aims to develop ‘green financing mechanisms’ to enable the state government to generate revenue from intact forests and expand the state park to 100,000 hectares.


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.

Current Projects

Kenyir for Life [link]

Selected Publications


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