Update: The project (Masters RM2,500/month; phD RM3,300/month) on the biodiversity and phylogenetics of spiders in Malaysian agroecosystems has been taken. Thank you kindly for your inquiries and support!
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I am a guy who enjoys photographing the beautiful creatures Mother Nature has to offer; at the same time I am also a scientist keen on finding out more about the subjects I am capturing. I am currently working as an Assistant Professor in Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in Perak, Malaysia. Our country is blessed with a very rich biodiversity, but sadly most of the organisms we have here are poorly studied, if not totally overlooked. At this rate, we risk losing unique creatures right under our noses since we don’t even know how valuable (or what) they are: it is often through proper studies that certain organisms are considered endangered and thus become protected from poachers or development projects.
The only way of improving our knowledge in this aspect is though proper cataloguing and research. Although most Macro Enthusiasts may not be aware of this, they are helping to catalogue the diversity of plants and creatures in Malaysia with every photo they take: The photos are valuable so long as they are accessible or “searchable” (though I am against revealing locations). So please keep up the good work!
Research, on the other hand will require experts within the field- the main reason why I am writing this page. As far as I know, there are not really a lot of zoologist experts in Malaysia, and I don’t blame them, it is virtually impossible to possess in-depth knowledge about everything. We need very specialized experts (experts on spiders, flies, crabs etc.), most of which are abroad, to help us to better understand the Malaysian flora and fauna. I am sure we still have a lot of undescribed or unstudied species. Collaborating with these experts will not only improve our scientific knowledge on our local biodiversity, but will also train up future specialists of our own.
I, for one am very interested in working on Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) and Arachnids (Araneidae, Mesothelae and Mygalomorphs). Of course, I cannot cover too many taxa at once, but I am more then willing to help catalogue or collect samples (only) for research that will help improve our knowledge on Malaysia’s wildlife treasures. Thus, I sincerely invite those who are interested, be it locally or abroad, in collaborative work to email me (Dr. Tan Ji) at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am sure the data from tropical Malaysia will be most interesting.
Apart from collecting samples and data, I can offer some service in terms of DNA technology. I am trained in Molecular Taxonomy and DNA Barcoding and I have, along with my colleagues, published numerous Tier 1 (Q1) Scientific ISI papers. I was first exposed to DNA work during my phD at University of Malaya, where I worked on the popular Sea Bird’s Nest seaweeds (Kappaphycus and Eucheuma), publishing 4 Q1 scientific papers along the way: Phylogenetics of Kappaphycus and Eucheuma in Malaysia, DNA Barcoding of Kappaphycus and Eucheuma, Describing a new species of Kappaphycus malesianus and Genetic Diversity of Kappaphycus and Eucheuma in Southeast Asia. At the same time our research group has also published, among others, 2 Q1 papers in Nature’s Scientific Reports: Phylogeny of Orthetrum dragonflies and Copera damselflies. We have since then published some new papers, please check out my Researchgate for more details ya.
Before I end, I sincerely hope that my message will be able to reach out to experts of different fields who are interested in research collaboration! I really look forward to it, let’s do some Science! 🙂
PS: I am also interested in books or other forms of publications! So long as it helps improve the public’s knowledge and appreciation of Nature~