Dr. Jamilah Mohd Salim@Halim

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Lecturer in Plant Ecology

B.Sc., 1992, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
M.Sc., 1997, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Ph.D, 2009, University of Aberdeen, UK

Contact Details

Room 27, Level 4, SMES Building
School of Marine and Environmental Sciences
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
21030 Kuala Terengganu
Terengganu

Tel: +609 – 6683268
Fax: +609 – 6683193
E-mail:jamilah@umt.edu.my / jms.drosera@gmail.com

Research Interest

My research activities are concentrated on biodiversity and ecology of plant community in fragile habitats and ecosystems including wetlands, coastal dune on beach ridges soil, riparian zones, and mangroves. Answering fundamental questions for those ecosystems are vital to understand their ecological functions and ecosystem services, which ultimately justified their conservation. For example, a natural Melaleuca cajuputi forest or ‘hutan gelam’ which are abundant on dune landscape of beach ridges soil on many parts of Terengganu and the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia should be conserved for their ecosystem services, particularly for flood mitigation and reducing climate change through carbon stock. Other research is focusing on the ecological interaction between plant and fungal pathogen. We apply our knowledge in this research to enhance the formation of ‘gaharu’ (resin) in the injured and inoculated tree of Aquilaria malaccensis (Karas). Our research group is also documenting biodiversity resources and ecosystem services of coastal wetlands (mangroves and freshwater) wetlands). Monitoring the health of Setiu Wetland is one of our main research activities.

Current Project(s)

Title : Assessment of Setiu Wetland Forests (Gelam and Mangroves) Health and their Ecological Functions
Position:Co-researcher
Funding Agency & Total Grant (RM): Niche Research Grant Scheme (NRGS), Ministry of Education, RM598,560.00
Project Period: 30/12/13 → 29/12/18

Title : Kesan Inokulasi Kulat Tempatan Terhadap Anatomi Kayu dan Kandungan Kimia Gaharu Aquilaria malaccensis Lam. (Karas)
Position: Principles Researcher
Funding Agency & Total Grant (RM): Kumpulan Wang Amanah Perhutanan, RM146,800.00
Project Period: 23/08/13 → 22/08/2015

Title : Microscopy, immunochemistry and chemical studies on eight native Hevea species (1995 Amazon collection)
Position:Co-researcher
Funding Agency & Total Grant (RM): Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), RM107,000.00
Project Period: 15/04/13 → 14/04/16

Special Interest Group (SIG)

Wetland Ecosystem Conservation (Cluster Marine Sciences & Oceanography)
Island and Coastal Community (Knowledge Transfer) (Cluster Coastal and Island Communities)
Kenyir Geopark Research (Cluster Lake Ecosystem and Tropical Biodiversity)

Course Taught

Principles of Ecology (BIO3500/BD2114), (Undergraduate), UMT
Natural Resources Valuation (BDV3703), (Undergraduate), UMT
Ethnobotany (BDV4701), (Undergraduate), UMT
Mycology (BIO3402), (Undergraduate), UMT

Graduate Students

Master of Science:

Name of student: Fatma Dayana Mohd Anuar (UMT)
Project title: Assessment of Setiu Wetland Forests (Gelam and Mangroves) Health and their Ecological Functions
Year graduated: 2014 – present

Name of student: Azimah Ismail (UMT)
Project title: Assessing the land use changes in Setiu Wetland Focusing on Gelam Swamp
Year graduated: 2014 – present

Name of student: Siti Fatimah Md Isa (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
Project title: Orchid Diversity and Conservation Assessment in Heath Forest in Peninsular Malaysia
Year graduated: 2013 – present

Publications

2014
Jamilah MS, Nur-Faiezah AG, Siti Kehirah A, Siti Mariam MN & M.S Razali. 2014. Woody plants on dune landscape of Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia, Journal of Tropical Forest Science 26(2): 267-274.

2013
Jamilah MS, Nur-Faiezah AG, Siti Kehirah A, Siti Mariam MN & M.S Razali. 2014. Woody plants on dune landscape of Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia, Journal of Tropical Forest Science 26(2): 267-274.

AR Shamsul Bahri, CW Ong, MS Jamilah and MM Ariffin, 2013. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study on rubber particles in laticifer of native Hevea species, Malaysian Journal of Microscopy, Vol. 9, 140-144.