A Brief Biodata
Dr. Chan Eng Heng was born in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. She received her Ph.D. in 1993 under the RONPAKU scholarship programme of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and her M.Sc. and B.Sc (Hons) degrees from Universiti Sains Malaysia. She recently retired from from her post as Professor in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu where she co-founded and led the Sea Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU), later renamed Turtle Research and Rehabilitation Group (TRRG) from 1985 to 2009.
Driven by her passion to continue with her work on turtles, she co-founded the Turtle Conservation Centre with Tan Sri Dr. Salleh Mohd. Nor in May 2009.
Chan is well known, both locally and abroad for her contributions in the field of turtle research, conservation and education. The recognition of her expertise is reflected in the various appointments at the national, regional and international levels accorded to her. She has also served as turtle expert in numerous regional and international sea turtle workshops, besides having been invited as guest/plenary/keynote speaker at numerous conferences and seminars. Her current positions are listed below:
Chan has been carrying out research and conservation work on turtles for the last 20 years and is still going strong. She has published extensively, and her contributions in marine turtle conservation were recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme when she was conferred the UNEP Global 500 Roll of Honour in 2001 and in 2006 she was listed in the UNEP’s Who’s Who of Women and the Environment. As early as 1990, she was recognized for her contributions in sea turtle research and conservation in Terengganu and was accordingly conferred the title “PJK” by the late Sultan of Terengganu in that year.
Many of her works have been applied directly in the conservation of turtles in Malaysia, either to enhance existing efforts, or to develop new approaches in protecting turtles. Her publications were cited extensively in the report of the WTO (World Trade Organization) Panel on the United States – Import Prohibition of Certain Shrimp and Shrimp Products, WT/DS58/R, 15 May 1998.
Chan’s work on sea turtles has been featured in both local and foreign TV programmes, such as “Beyond 2000″, Fox Family Channel’s “World Gone Wild”, NHK’s “Meeting a New Asia”, Momentum II’s “Our Scientists and Inventors” and TV3’s “Majalah 3″ and “Malaysia Hari Ini (MHI)”.
Chan is also known for endearing turtle conservation to the hearts of the common public by her innovative “Save our Turtles Outreach Programme” (popularly called STOP) carried out under the Turtle Research and Rehabilitation Group in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. STOP involved the public directly in turtle conservation efforts through nest and turtle adoption schemes and a volunteer programme. STOP has been highly publicized, as attested in the 30-odd media articles on the programme.
Details on Chan’s various contributions can be viewed by clicking on the following: