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 BBC, New 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.
Kenyir for Life [link]
- Liew, Thor Seng; Foon, Junn Kitt; Clements, Gopalasamy Reuben (2021): Conservation of Limestone Ecosystems of Malaysia, Part I, Acknowledgements, Methodology, Overview of limestone outcrops in Malaysia, References, Detailed information on limestone outcrops of the states: Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu, Selangor, Perlis. eISBN 978-967-25534-4-1. figshare. Book. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.14907846.v5
- Clements, Gopalasamy Reuben & Rostro-Garcia, Susana & Kamler, Jan & Horng, Liang & Hashim, Abdul. (2021). Conservation status of large mammals in protected and logged forests of the greater Taman Negara Landscape, Peninsular Malaysia. Biodiversitas Journal of Biological Diversity. 22. 272-277. 10.13057/biodiv/d220133.
- Roshan Guharajan, Azlan Mohamed, Seth T. Wong, Jürgen Niedballa, Azrie Petrus, Jaffly Jubili, Robin Lietz, Gopalasamy Reuben Clements, Wai-Ming Wong, Johny Kissing, Peter Lagan, Andreas Wilting, Sustainable forest management is vital for the persistence of sun bear Helarctos malayanus populations in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 493, 2021, 119270, ISSN 0378-1127, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2021.119270.
- Pardo, L.E., Edwards, W., Campbell, Clements G. R. M.J. et al (2021). Effects of oil palm and human presence on activity patterns of terrestrial mammals in the Colombian Llanos. Mamm Biol 101, 775–789.
- Liew Thor Seng and Clements G.R. (2020), ‘Whittenia, a new genus of land snails from Perak, Peninsular Malaysia (Gastropoda: Diplommatinidae)’, Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 35: 145-148.
- Aziz S.A., Chua M.A.H. and Clements G.R. (2019). Catch and release: Novel predation strategy by white-bellied sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) on island flying fox (Pteropus hypomelanus) in Peninsular Malaysia demonstrates flying fox swimming ability. Journal of Bat Research and Conservation 12(1): 64-66.
- Schaefer J, Magellan K, Sluka R, Kolipaka S, Gonzalez O, Razali AA, Clements GR & Elkin C (2020). The efficacy of using SCB guidelines to facilitate conservation science-faith collaboration. FRONTIERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 8: 558956.
- Macdonald DW, Chiaverini L, Bothwell HM, Kaszta Z, Ash E, Bolongon GB, Can OE, Campos-Arceiz A, Channa P, Clements GR, Hearn AJ, Hedges L, Htun S, Kamler JF, Macdonald EA, Moore J, Naing H, Onuma M, Rasphone A, Rayan DM, Ross J, Singh P, Tan CKW, Wadey J, Yadav BP & Cushman SA (2020). Predicting biodiversity richness in rapidly changing landsapes: climate, low human pressure or protection as salvation? BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION 29: 4035-4057. PDF
- Lee NSM, Clements GR, Ting ASY, Wong ZH & Yek SH (2020). Persistent mosquito fogging can be detrimental to non-target invertebrates in an urban tropical forest. PEERJ 8: e10033.
- Macdonald DW, Bothwell HM, Kaszta Z, Ashl E, Bolongon G, Burnham D, Can OE, Campos‐Arceiz A, Channa P, Clements GR, Hearn AJ, Hedges L, Htun S, Kamler JF, Kawanishi K, Macdonald EA, Mohamad SW, Moore J, Naing H, Onuma M, Penjor U, Rasphone A, Rayan DM, Ross J, Singh P, Tan CKW, Wadey J, Yadav BP & Cushman SA (2019). Multi‐scale Habitat Modelling Identifies Spatial Conservation Priorities for Mainland Clouded Leopards (Neofelis nebulosa). DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS 25: 1639-1654.
- Clements, Gopalasamy Reuben; Aziz, Sheema Abdul; Bulan, Ramy; Giam, Xingli; Bentrupperbaumer, Joan; Goosem, Miriam; Laurance, Susan; & Laurance, William F. (2018). Not Everyone Wants Roads: Assessing Indigenous People’s Support for Roads in a Globally Important Tiger Conservation Landscape. Human Ecology, 46(6), 909–915.
- Pardo, Lain E.; Campbell, Mason J.; Edwards, Will; Clements, Gopalasamy Reuben; & Laurance, William F. (2018). Terrestrial Mammal Responses to Oil Lalm Dominated Landscapes in Colombia. PLoS ONE, 13(5), e0197539.
- Ratnayeke, Shyamala; van Manen, Frank T.; Clements, Gopalasamy Reuben; Kulaimi, Noor Azleen Mohd; & Sharp, Stuart P. (2018). Carnivore Hotspots in Peninsular Malaysia and Their landscape attributes. PLoS ONE, 13(4), e0194217.
News & Op/Eds
Prof G Reuben Clements and Andrew Fan argue that If we want to have a cooler future, sacrificing more forests for urban development is no longer a viable option.