Graeme GuyLNF 2012 Personality Profile
Wildlife PhotographerGraeme Guy was born in Wellington, New Zealand and educated in the Hutt Valley. He practised as a pharmacist in Dunedin, Napier and Hamilton after obtaining a degree in pharmacy. He later obtained a BSc and MSc(Hons) from Waikato University in Hamilton before completing a PhD in Biochemistry in Adelaide, Australia in 1982. After a 5 year stint in Birmingham, U.K. he moved to Singapore where he was a Professor and Principal Investigator at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology from 1988 and is an author of over 100 scientific papers. Nature photography has always been an interest but was taken up seriously in the last 15 years and he has won over 1100 awards in International exhibitions as well as 30 cover pictures and a number of published articles and images. He particularly enjoys studying certain species and writing articles about them. While in Singapore he founded the Nature Photographic Society (Singapore) and has judged international exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Austria. He retired in 2011 and is currently resident in Penang, Malaysia.
Ms. Chooi-Khim PhonLNF 2012 Personality Profile
Butterfly Researcher & ScientistChooi-Khim Phon is a researcher at the Entomology Branch of the Forest Research Institute Malaysia where she has been working on butterfly diversity and conservation. She has a Masters degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia and is currently pursuing her PhD with the University of Malaya on the conservation biology of Malaysian birdwing butterflies. She has authored a number of scientific and popular articles on butterflies.
Dr. Louisa Shobhini Ponnampalam is a Malaysian cetacean (whales, dolphins, porpoises) ecologist who began her education in marine science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii. She then went on to pursue her Ph.D. on a prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship at the University Marine Biological Station in Millport, Scotland, researching small dolphins in the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Sea. Her research work on cetaceans has also taken her to the Bering Sea, across the North Pacific Ocean, the Red Sea, South China Sea, Sulu-Sulawesi Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, and more recently, the waters around the Langkawi Archipelago.Her true passion lies in increasing the scientific knowledge of marine mammals in Malaysia and to advocate for a greater awareness on marine mammal conservation among the Malaysian public, which resulted in the founding of Malaysia’s first NGO that is solely dedicated to the research and conservation of marine mammals, The MareCet Research Organization, in January 2012. She also hopes to groom homegrown researchers who will be the next generation of ambassadors for the conservation of marine mammals and the marine environment in Malaysia through hands-on participation in MareCet’s efforts. In 2010, with support from various international conservation grants, Dr Louisa launched the Langkawi Dolphin Research Project (LDR), which strives to study the detailed ecology of cetaceans in the Archipelago, for the purposes of conservation and management. The project is ongoing and has garnered much public support, both from the local Langkawi community as well as at the national level. In her free time, she loves being.