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Ecology

Ecology research at Env Tech covers the following fields:

  1. Ecological Process
  2. Ecosystem Services
  3. Environmental Microbiology

Research in Ecological Processes addresses the physical, chemical and biological actions or events that link organisms and their environment. These include decomposition, production (of plant matter), nutrient cycling, and fluxes of nutrients and energy. These processes are crucial for maintaining healthy ecosystems and supporting the long-term persistence of biodiversity.

In Ecosystem Services, research focuses on the services that benefit people from the natural environment and properly-functioning ecosystems. These include life-supporting services (such as the nutrient cycle, chlorophyll photosynthesis, soil formation and primary production); provisioning services (such as the production of food, drinking water, materials such as wood and combustibles); regulating services (such as climate regulation and regulation of the tides, hydrogeological order, purification of water, waste recycling, pollination and barrier for the diffusion of diseases) and; cultural values (among which aesthetical, spiritual, educational and recreational values).

Research in the field of Environmental Microbiology deals with the scientific study of microorganisms in the environment. This discipline includes air microbiology, soil microbiology and water microbiology.

The academic staff also apply what they learned from their research courses at the undergrad and postgrad levels. Courses that include the ecology field in its syllabus are:

Bachelor of Technology (Environmental)

Master of Science (Environment)

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Ecology Process Researchers

Dr. Widad Fadhullah
SENIOR LECTURERS
Dr. Widad Fadhullah
Degree: B.Sc (KUSTEM), M.Sc (UKM), Ph.D. (East Anglia, UK) Expertise: Isotope ecology and ecological risk assessments  
Dr. Mark Harris Zuknik
SENIOR LECTURERS
Dr. Mark Harris Zuknik
Degree: B.Tech (USM), M.EST (AU), Ph.D. (USM) Expertise: Supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) extraction
Dr. Mohamad Anuar Kamaruddin
SENIOR LECTURERS
Dr. Mohamad Anuar Kamaruddin
Degree: B.Sc (USM), M.Sc (USM), Ph.D. (USM) Expertise: Solid waste characteristics study; water quality; environmental management; landfill technology; waste diversion

Ecosystem Researchers

Dr. Japareng Lalung
SENIOR LECTURERS
Dr. Japareng Lalung
Degree: BSc. (Malaya) MSc. (Oxford) PhD. (Leeds) Expertise: Environmental microbiology
Dr. Widad Fadhullah
SENIOR LECTURERS
Dr. Widad Fadhullah
Degree: B.Sc (KUSTEM), M.Sc (UKM), Ph.D. (East Anglia, UK) Expertise: Isotope ecology and ecological risk assessments  
Dr. Mohamad Anuar Kamaruddin
SENIOR LECTURERS
Dr. Mohamad Anuar Kamaruddin
Degree: B.Sc (USM), M.Sc (USM), Ph.D. (USM) Expertise: Solid waste characteristics study; water quality; environmental management; landfill technology; waste diversion

Environmental Microbiology Researchers

Dr. Norli Ismail
Dr. Norli Ismail
Degree: B.Sc (UPM), M.Sc (USM), Ph.D (USM) Expertise: Water, wastewater, solid waste treatment technology and management.
Dr. Japareng Lalung
Dr. Japareng Lalung
Degree: BSc. (Malaya) MSc. (Oxford) PhD. (Leeds) Expertise: Environmental microbiology
Dr. Md Sohrab Hossain
Dr. Md Sohrab Hossain
Degree: B.Sc (NU-BD), M.Sc (UniMAP), Ph.D. (USM) Expertise: Supercritical fluids technology; solid waste management; wastewater treatment

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