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Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz
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: XTBG, Menglun, Mengla, 666303, Yunnan, China




General Information

Name – Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz

Current Position – Professor and Principal Investigator, Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute and Center for Integrative Conservation, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Address – Menglun, 666303 Mengla, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China

Contact –ahimsa@xtbg.ac.cn

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Research Interest and Expertise

Ecology and conservation of Asian megafauna, especially elephants

Human-wildlife conflicts, especially human-elephant conflicts

Seed dispersal

Conservation policy and governance, especially in Southeast Asia

Local capacity building

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in science and conservation

Other Positions

Past-President – Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC; 2018-2020). Link

Former President – Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) Asia Section (2014-2017). Link

Previous Job Positions

University of Nottingham Malaysia – Professor (2018-2020), Associate Professor (2013-2018) and Assistant Professor (2011-2013).

National University of Singapore – Research Fellow (2009-2010).


PhD – Mar 2009, The University of Tokyo, Japan.

MSc – Mar 2006, The University of Tokyo, Japan.

BSc – Jun 2000, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.



Scientific papers in ISI-impact journals

Total = ~55 peer-reviewed scientific papers; 1,727 citations; H-index 21 (Google Scholar, 30 Apr 2020)

Papers in non-ISI publications

Total = ~ 20 papers in national and international scientific journals with a strong emphasis on outreach and promoting local capacity

Grants and Fundraising

Total = 38 grants; 26 as Principal Investigator / applicant (~ USD1,813,000); 11 as Co-Investigator (~ USD120,000).

Recent conservation projects

1.      The Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (policy and outreach component).

2.      Setting a multi-stakeholder common vision for the protection of the Greater Ulu Muda’s biodiversity and ecosystem services.

3.      Identifying spatial priorities and engaging key stakeholders to catalyze the implementation of the Central Forest Spine (CFS) Master Plan for Ecological Linkages.

International Scientific Conferences

Chair of 2 conferences; member of 4 local organizing committees (LOC) and 3 scientific committees (SC); > 70 presentations, including 7 invited keynotes, 2 invited plenary panels, ~ 50 oral, 7 speed-presentation, and 12 poster presentations

Postgraduate Supervision and Examination (including ongoing)

22 grad students supervised – 8 PhDs, 8 MRes, 6 MSc

External examiner for 7 graduate students – 4 PhDs and 3 MRes

Teaching Qualifications

Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) awarded in 2015.

Lecturing experience (at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus)

Total = experience convening 7 modules; lecturing contribution to 14 modules, including pre-university, undergraduate, and MSc level. Student Evaluation of Teaching score = 1.51±0.13SD (scale: 1=best; 5=worst teaching).

Academic & Professional Service

Editorial board of: (1) Global Ecology and Conservation, (2) Integrative Zoology, & (3) Mammal Study.

Reviewer for 39 international scientific journals and 6 funding bodies.

Member of 3 IUCN Specialist Groups – Asian Elephant (AsESG), Tapirs (TSG) and the Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force (HWCTF).


> 80 invited international talks for a wide range of audiences (policy-makers, practitioners, corporations, academics, general public). Talks in English, Spanish, and Japanese at Harvard University, University of Boston, University of Florida, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Oxford University, The University Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, The National University of Singapore, London Zoo, Chester Zoo, Singapore Zoo, Ueno Zoo, Jacksonville Zoo, French National Museum of Natural History, Spanish National Museum of Natural Sciences, Sime Darby Plantations, and many others.

Media coverage at BBC, Channel News Asia, Times Higher Education, The Star online, Mongabay, etc.






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