Ph.D. Zoology (UKMalaysia) 2001
M.Sc. Conservation Biology (UKMalaysia) 1997
B. Sc. (Hon.) Biology (Lennoxville, Quebec) 1992
Herpetology, Zoology, Conservation Biology
Areas of Research:
Effects of selective logging on wildlife
Biodiversity of herpetofauna
Current Projects and Grants:
Biomonitoring of Herpetofauna for Sustainable Development of Ecotourism at Tasik Chini Basin, Pahang (IRPA 09-02-02-0120-EA297)
Biodiversity of mammals in a managed forest” di Hutan Simpan Ulu Muda, Kedah (UKM 340015040)
Taburan reruang dan masa bagi kepelbagaian dan kelimpahan fauna Amfibia di Rizab Hidupan Liar Krau, Pahang (UKM ST-024-2004)
Penialaian Sumber Asli dan Budaya untuk Pembangunan Pelancongan Langkawi (UKM, XX-8-2003)
Penaksiran danPemantauan Kepelbagaian Biologi untuk Pembangunan Eko-Pelancongan yang Mampan di Pulau Langkawi (UKM, XX-002-2002)
Kesan Pembalakan Memilih Terhadap Herpetofauna di Kawasan Tadahan Sungai Weng, Hutan Simpan Ulu Muda, Kedah (UKM, ST-021-2002)
1. A. Latiff & A. Norhayati. 2006. Endau Rompin State Park, Pahang: The Southern Star of Peninsular Malaysia. Forestry Department of Pahang. pp. 109.
2. Norhayati Ahmad, Juliana Senawi, Lim Boo Liat. 2005. A Pocket Guide: Amphibians of Ulu Muda Forest Reserve. Forestry Department of Kedah State. pp. 59.
3. Norhayati Ahmad, Juliana Senawi, Lim Boo Liat. 2004. Amphibians of Endau Rompin State Park. Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia. pp. 124.
1. Ibrahim, J., Shahrul ANuar, M.S., Norhayati, A., Shukor, M.N., Shahriza, S., Nurul Ain, E., Nor Zalipah, M. & Mark Rayan, D. 2006. An annotated checklist of herpetofauna of Langkawi Island, Kedah, Malaysia. Malayan Nature Journal 57 (4): 369-381.
2. Norsham, Y., Norhayati, A., Fuad Shariff, M. Nordin & Lim, B.L. 2005. Pre-Logging Survey on vertebrate species diversity at Sungai Weng sub-catchment, Ulu Muda Forest Reserve, Kedah: Amphibian Fauna. Malayan Nature Journal 57 (1): 47-55.
3. Norsham, Y., Norhayati, A., Fuad Shariff, M. Nordin & Lim, B.L. 2005. Pre-Logging Survey on vertebrate species diversity at Sungai Weng sub-catchment, Ulu Muda Forest Reserve, Kedah: Reptilian Fauna. Malayan Nature Journal 57 (2): 145-154.
4. Wong, S.T., Servheen, C., Laurentius, A. & Norhayati, A. 2005. Impacts of fruit production cycles on Malayan sun bears and bearded pigs in lowland tropical forest of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. J. Trop. Ecol. 21: 627-639.
5. Norhayati, A., Nordin, M., & Latiff, A., 2004, Effects of selective logging on carnivores in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysia, Tropical Biodiversity, 8(1): 31-40.
6. Norhayati, A., A.A. Saiful, A. Shahrolnizah, B.M. Md-Zain, M.N. Shukor, H. Hazimin, & M. Nordin. 2004. Diversity and density of mammals in the peat swamp forests of the Langat Basin, Selangor, Malaysia. Journal of Malaysian Applied Biology, 33 (2): 7-17.
7. Norhayati Ahmad dan A. Murad, 2002, Survival, behavioral and haematological indicators of goldfish, Carassius auratus exposed to lead nitrate, Journal of Malaysian Applied Biology, 30 (1&2): 9-16.
8. Norhayati A. & A. Latiff, 2002, Biomass and Species Composition of a Mangrove Forest in Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia, Journal of Malaysian Applied Biology, 30 (1 & 2): 75-80.
9. Norhayati A., M. Nordin, & A. Latiff, 2001, Effects of selective logging on nocturnal prosimians in Danum Valley, Sabah, Journal of Wildlife and Parks, 19: 129-132.
10. Norsham, Y., Fuad Shariff, A. Norhayati, M. Nordin and Lim, B.L., 1999. Pre-logging survey of mammal fauna at Sungai Weng sub-catchment, Ulu Muda Forest Reserve, Kedah, Journal of Wildlife and Parks,
1. Sahir Othman, Siti Hawa Yatim, Sivananthan Elagupillay, Shukor Md. Nor, Norhayati Ahmad, Shahrul Anuar Mohd. Sah. 2006. Management and status of resources in protected areas of Peninsular Malaysia. Department of Wildlife and National Parks. pp. 236.
2. Wong, S.L., Shaharuddin, Mohamad Ismail, Ibrahim Komoo, Mohd. Shafeea Leman, Kamal Roslan Mohamed, Che Aziz Ali, Abdul Latiff Mohamad, Norhayati Ahmad, Wan Yusoff Wan Ahmad & Azman Abdul Rahman. 2005. (Eds.). Geoforest Parks. Hanging Gardens of Langkawi. Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia & Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. pp. 116.
3. Laily bin Din, Muhammad Yahya, A. Norhayati, M.S. Nizam, Waidi Sinun & A. Latiff. 2005. (Eds.). Danum Valley Conservation Area: Physical, Biological & Social Environments. Yayasan Sabah & Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. pp. 392.
4. Latiff, Khali Aziz Hamzah, Norhayati Ahmad, Mohd. Nizam Mohd. Said, Toh An Nee & Savinder Kaur Gill. 2005. (Eds.) Biodiversity Expedition Sungai Bebar, Pekan, Pahang. Summary Findings. Peat Swamp Forest Project, UNDP-GEF Funded, in collaboration with the Pahang Forestry Department and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. 169 pp.
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Partner shrimp - Periclemenes sp.
Banded boxer shrimp - Stenopus hispidus
A. Eurycoma longifolia or the ‘Tongkat Ali’ is a widely used as a commercial herbal drink and in traditional herbal medicine, B. Clorodendrum langkawiens or the ‘Pepanggil Langkawi’ is one of the endemic species in Langkawi found at the peak of Machinchang. C.
Horsfieldia irya (Penerahan pianggu) D. Macaca fascicularis (crab-eating macaques or the water macaques) are perhaps the only primate in Langkawi that can actively hunt for food underwater at the coastal plain. E. Trachypithecus obscurus (Spectackled leaf monkey) is one of the three primate species found in Langkawi. F. Calotes versicolor, is a common agamid lizard that graces the open space forest near human settlement (Photo credit: Norhayati A.)
Langkawi Research Centre
As one of the well known tourist destinations based the abundant natural resources, Langkawi needs a lot of support from research and development (R & D) to sustain its tourism industry. For this reason, Langkawi Research Centre (LRC) was established in 2002. It is one of the research centres of excellence in the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), administered by the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), UKM. The centre focuses on multidisciplinary researches, spearheading the goal of approaching sustainable development of ecotourism in Langkawi. Resutls of the researches conducted are presented to LADA and other agencies involved to identify various natural resource with high potential to be developed for tourism. At the same time, the LRC entity itself could become another tourist attraction in Langkawi. The centre is divided into three main programmes, i.e. Geology and Landscape; Biology and Marine; and Cultural and Local Tradition Programmes. LRC has chosen the approach to promote Langkawi as a Geopark for sustainable development of ecotourism, as it does not limit itself to conservation of natural resources, but it deals with conservation of the environment and landscapes, as well as development of socio-economic well being of the local community. The big move forward was marked by the endorsement of Langkawi by the Kedah State as a national geopark on the 31st May 2006, and subsequently declared as the 52nd member of the Global Geopark Network, which is a UNESCO initiative, on the 30th June 2007. Thus, Langkawi became the first global geopark in Southeast Asia.
Arguments for the nomination as a Geopark within the Global Network
Langkawi Geopark is the first geopark established in Malaysia and is one of the rare island geoparks in the world comprising 99 islands. Langkawi Geopark is the 52nd Geopark in the UNESCO’s Global Network of National Geoparks for several reasons including:
Langkawi Geopark possesses one of the most beautiful tropical island karst landscapes in the Southeast Asian region. This scenic beauty blended with its rich biodiversity has been Langkawi’s main tourist attraction. Knowledge on the origin of the limestone karst and the beauty of the landscape are the greatest assets to Langkawi Geopark to be shared with the rest of the world.
As the birthplace of the country and the surrounding region, Langkawi Geopark possesses the region’s oldest rocks and the most complete Palaeozoic geological history. Several Langkawi geoheritage sites are of regional importance and should be preserved for the future generations. These include several best-studied type sections, type localities and several other geosites of national and regional significance.
Langkawi Geopark possesses the most comprehensive evidences supporting the theory that this region originated from Gondwanaland that has experienced various tectonic movements. Such evidences include the many dropstones of glacial origin and cold-temparate fossil fauna within the Singa Formation.
The high geodiversity of Langkawi Geopark is essential to biodiversity of flora and fauna. Langkawi is situated in a transitional zone where the Malesian and the Indochinese floristic regions meet. Thus, the semi-evergreen tropical rainforest supports unique flora and fauna species, some of which are endemic to the island, particularly the limestone flora. Langkawi has a rich mangrove forest, flourished on limestone formation, which is a rare occurrence.
Langkawi has been a tourism islands for many years. It has all the necessary infrastructure and utilities to support any future development for sustainable tourism. Langkawi Geopark has been planned for the last five years. It has been endorsed by the Kedah State Government in May 2006 and strongly supported by the Prime Minister during the LADA board meeting on 6th October 2006.