CEMACS: A Little-known And Highly Effective Research Centre

By Annette Jaya Ram, Abe Woo Sau Pinn

April 2019 FEATURE
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Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is the second oldest university in the country, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Within its fold is the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS), located in a 3.75 ha site at Teluk Aling within the Penang National Park.CEMACS houses the largest collection of hard coral and marine invertebrate specimens in the country.The CEMACS field station is equipped with laboratories and accommodation facilities.Although relatively unknown to those outside the field, CEMACS has been attracting local...

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Annette Jaya Ram

Dr. Annette Jaya Ram is a lecturer and deputy director of the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies, USM. She is studying mariculture of mud crabs; currently working on best ways to culture them to reduce dependence on harvesting mud crabs from the wild.

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Abe Woo Sau Pinn

Dr Abe Woo Sau Pinn is a lecturer at CEMACS. He is currently studying the biodiversity of marine invertebrates and their systematics. His research interests include ecology, diversity, systematics and taxonomy of echinoderms.