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Dr. Kam Suan Pheng

Kam Suan Pheng, a Malaysian national, has accumulated 35 years of experience in teaching, research and project management. After completing her PhD, she joined the University of Science in Penang, Malaysia, teaching subjects in biology, soil science and biometrics. She has been pursuing her research interest in integrative approaches for natural resources assessment, planning and management through the use of geospatial technologies since the mid-1980s when she took a Certificate Course on Remote Sensing and GIS at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok (1984) and received a Royal Society Fellowship to conduct research on remote sensing and GIS at the Imperial College in London (1990).

She joined the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines in 1994, established its GIS and remote sensing facility and capacity for developing a wide range of applications using geospatial techniques to support rice research. After 10 years at IRRI, she returned to Malaysia and joined the WorldFish Center in 2004 where she worked for 11 years until 2015, leading several multi-disciplinary research projects relating to GIS and remote sensing applications in aquaculture and natural resources management research. She has been providing consultancy service to IPNI on geospatial applications for analyzing oil palm performance since 2013.

Throughout her research career, she has developed GIS applications for coastal resources evaluation and zoning, landuse planning, agro-ecological analysis, soil erosion modeling, genetic resources mapping, physical accessibility analysis, poverty mapping, delineating recommendation domains for target agricultural and aquaculture technologies and assessing impacts of climate change on food production with a spatial perspective.


Ph.D. Agronomy, Cornell University, USA; 1981
M.Sc. Agronomy, Cornell University, USA; 1970
B.Sc. (Hons) with Education, University of Science, Malaysia; 1975