Obituary: Ahyaudin bin Ali
A professor of Aquatic Biology and wetland conservation, Professor Ali was born on 10 April 1955 in Kedah, Malaysia. In 1978, Prof. Ali completed his BSc in fisheries and limnology from Oregon State ...
A professor of Aquatic Biology and wetland conservation, Professor Ali was born on 10 April 1955 in Kedah, Malaysia. In 1978, Prof. Ali completed his BSc in fisheries and limnology from Oregon State University, USA, and then went on to study for a MSc and PhD programme in fisheries and aquaculture from Auburn University, USA in 1981 and 1984 respectively. In his 20 years service with University Science Malaysia, he has supervised more than 30 postgraduate projects and 50 undergraduate projects. He has provided technical inputs to various environmental projects both in Malaysia and the Asian region. Prof. Ali has carried out many research projects in Malaysia with overseas funding from IFS-Sweden, ISIS-UNDP, DANCED-Denmark, ACIAR-Australia, EU-fund amongst others. He also conducted joint-research programmes with universities in Japan, America, United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea and collaborated with Ramsar Centre Japan on wetlands conservation in Asia. In year 2000, he led a research team to the Antarctic, which was a programme under the National Academy of Science, Malaysia. He has written more than 100 publications. He has been an expert resource person on wetland biodiversity for Ramsar Center Japan since 1994. Prof. Ali was promoted to a full professorship with University Science Malaysia in 1998 for his tremendous contribution to status of fisheries and aquatic natural resources in Malaysia. He has been developing ecological and practical research techniques on rice fish farming in Malaysia. Prof. Ali was the Dean of the School of Biological Sciences in 1999-2000 and in 2001, he was promoted as the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Development, University Science Malaysia. Prof. Ali has organised a number of international conferences and seminars. In year 2001, Prof. Ali led a team that successfully organised the Asian Wetland Symposium. In the same year, he was awarded the 11th Biwako Prize for Ecology, Japan for his great contribution and achievement to aquatic environment and ecological studies. Prof. Ali has worked closely with Wetlands International on wetland conservation in Malaysia and on the nomination of wetlands sites of international importance. We have indeed lost one of Malaysia’s most dedicated researcher on wetland conservation