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Prof. Datin Dr. Faridah Hanum Ibrahim

B.Sc (Honours) UKM, Ph.D (Botany)(Reading)
Field of Expertise : Plant Systematics and Forest Botany
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Professor Dr. Faridah Hanum Ibrahim
FASc was born on 8th January 1960 in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. She is married to Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Abdul Latiff Mohamad with three children.  She received her primary education at Zainab Primary School One in Kota Bharu and later her secondary education at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Seremban in 1973. She completed the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Matriculation before pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Botany in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi.  Upon graduation from UKM in 1984, she joined the Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Putra (then Universiti Pertanian) Malaysia as a tutor. Soon after, she received a Public Service Department scholarship to pursue her studies and graduated with a PhD in Botany (Plant Systematics) from the University of Reading, England in 1989. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and Professor (Forest Botany) in 2009. She was Dean, Faculty of Forestry (UPM) from 2011-2014, Head of Department of Forest Production, Faculty of Forestry, UPM in 1999 and 2009, and Deputy Director of UPM Research Management Centre (RMC) in 2010. She is also a Fellow of the Academy Science of Malaysia (ASM). Her international appointments include being Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific for the Intergovernmental Platform from Science to Policy on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) from 2015-2018 and a member to the Commission of Ecosystem Management under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2017-2020. Currently, she is the Director of Institut Ekosains Borneo, UPM.  

Her research interest lies in the area of plant diversity and conservation. She also started the series of scientific expeditions in 1999 for Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia and Forestry Department Perlis that began with the Wang Kelian expedition, Perlis, led and participated in more than 35 expeditions botanizing the Malaysian forests besides editing numerous chapters of the expedition findings.  Together with DANIDA and WWF, this later led to the proposed Perlis State Park which became a model for establishment of 10 other state parks in Peninsular Malaysia such as Gunung Stong State Park in Kelantan and Royal Belum State Park in Perak.  The National Forestry Act (1984) was amended in 2004 to have an additional class of forest function called ‘State Park’. 

To date Professor Faridah Hanum  has received a total of 23 research grants from both local and international organizations such as  International Foundation of Science (Sweden),  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Tsukuba Forest and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), and the Centre of International Forestry Research (CIFOR). One of her main research looks into how deforestation affect tree composition and biomass of the different forest types in Malaysia. Plots in selected forests have been established since 1995 for this purpose to collect data on tree species composition, diameter at breast height of trees, tree growth, recruitment, mortality and soil parameters.  Currently, she is also working on the ecosystem health of mangroves in Malaysia with the application of the mangrove quality index (MQI) which was developed earlier by her research group and now applying it  to mangroves around the country to determine the health status by assigning them classes 1 (worst) -5 (excellent) which may help  forest managers to manage them better for their conservation and ecosystem services associated with it.

She has written, edited and published over 300 papers, chapters, abstracts and reports in journals, books, proceedings and other popular contributions. She has 16 copyrights for the books authored in her area of specialization and 23 book chapters. She has supervised and co-supervised 36 postgraduate students and 80 undergraduate students, and became external examiner to many Masters and PhD theses besides being reviewer of many journals and books.   She is also the Chief Editor to the journal, The Malaysian Forester and Editor to Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Pakistan Journal of Botany and Japan Society of Tropical Ecology Journal (TROPICS). Professor Faridah Hanum has also been consultant and advisor in flora related work to several international organizations such as DANIDA, WWF, UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP, CABI and ITTO. She had received fellowships from SEAMEO-BIOTROP, ASEAN Regional Centre on Biodiversity Conservation, FFPRI Tsukuba and Islamic Development Bank.  She is also being consulted frequently for the flora section of many EIA studies in the country, consultant to Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka for  Kamus Pokok/ Kamus Besar Dewan  (2004- 2009), both consultant and advisor  to DANIDA  and WWF Malaysia  for  Biodiversity and Conservation of  Perlis State Park  (2000 – 2002).

She also sits in many plant and biodiversity related committees at both the university, national and international level. Amongst them are the Steering Committee for International Society for Environment: Survival and Sustainability, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in preparing  Biodiversity Country Study for Malaysia (1995-1997), Asia  Pacific Trees for UNESCO (1994), Japan Society of Tropical Ecology Journal (2002 – 2005),  ASEAN Regional Centre on Biodiversity Conservation (ARCBC) based in Los Banos, Philippines (2000),  CABI  Asian Pacific Project on  Electronic Forestry Compendium of Forest Species (1997 – 1998), Steering Committee for Asia-Pacific Forestry Deans  (2011 2014),  Asia Pacific Forestry Research Institute (APAFRI) (2011-2014),  ITTO Technical Working Group for  Sustainable Forestry  Projects in Malaysia (2006 – 2008) and  CITES Plants Committee Malaysia (2000-2002).

At the national level, she is on the  Advisory Board for  Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (2012-2015), member of the Jawatankuasa Pakar Pendaftaran Warisan Semulajadi Jabatan Warisan Negara (2010- 2016), Institute of Environment and Development  (LESTARI) (1997-2000), National Plant Strategy Committee under Ministry of Natural Resource and  Environment (2007-2008),  National Steering Committee on Biodiversity Inventory under Ministry of Natural Resource and  Environment    (2006- 2008) and Technical Working Group on Biodiversity for RM 9 under Ministry of Natural Resource and  Environment (2004-2005).

Selected Publications (2010-2020)

  1. Muscarella, R. et al. including (I. Faridah-Hanum). (2020). Global variation of tree palm abundance. Global Ecology and Biogeography
  2. Rhyma, P.P., Norizah, K. Hamdan, O., Faridah-Hanum, I. & Zulfa, A.W. (2020). Integration of normalized different vegetation index and soil adjusted vegetation index for mangrove vegetation delineation. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment 17 (2020) 100280
  3. Hamidah, M., Hasmadi, I. M., Chua, L. S. L., Lau, K. H., Faridah-Hanum, I., Yong, W. S. Y., & Pakhriazad, H. Z. (2020). Towards identification of important plant areas (IPA) for Peninsular Malaysia. Methodology and future directions. Heliyon6(7), e04370.
  4. Zulfa, A. W., Norizah, K., Hamdan, O., Zulkifly, S., Faridah-Hanum, I., & Rhyma, P. P. (2020). Discriminating Tree Species from the Relationship between Spectral Reflectance and Chlorophyll Contents of Mangrove Forest in Malaysia. Ecological Indicators 111 (2020): 106024
  5. Siti Aminah, I. M.K. Mohamad Roslan, M.K., Sasekumar, A., Ainuddin, A.A. & Faridah- Hanum, I. (2020). Brachyuran Crab Diversity and Abundance in Different Age Stands of Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve, Perak, Malaysia. The Malaysian Forester 83 (1): 103-113.
  6. Faridah-Hanum, , Fatimah M. Yusoff, A. Fitrianto, Nuruddin A. Ainuddin, Seca Gandaseca, S. Zaiton, K. Norizah, S. Nurhidayu, , M.K. Roslan, Khalid R. Hakeem, I. Shamsuddin, Ismail Adnan, A.G. Awang Noor, A.R.S. Balqis, P.P. Rhyma, I. Siti Aminah, F. Hilaluddin, R. Fatin & N.Z.N. Harun.. 2019a. Development of a comprehensive Mangrove Quality Index (MQI) in Matang Mangrove: assessing mangrove ecosystem health. Ecological Indicators 102: 103-117.
  7. Faridah-Hanum, , Fatimah M. Yusoff, A. Fitrianto, Nuruddin A. Ainuddin, Seca Gandaseca, S. Zaiton, K. Norizah, S. Nurhidayu, , M.K. Roslan, Khalid R. Hakeem, I. Shamsuddin, Ismail Adnan, A.G. Awang Noor, A.R.S. Balqis, P.P. Rhyma, I. Siti Aminah, F. Hilaluddin, R. Fatin & N.Z.N. Harun.. 2019b. How to develop a comprehensive Mangrove Quality Index (MQI)?  MethodX   6: 1591-1599.
  8. Slik, J.W.F. et al (including I. Faridah-Hanum). 2018.  A phylogenetic classification of the world’s tropical forest. Proceedings of the National  Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)
  9. Faridah-Hanum, I. & Latiff, A. 2019. Rhizophora Biomass of Mangrove Swamp Forests and Its Utilization in Energy and Industrial Production: The case of Malaysia. In: Mirza Hasanuzzaman, Kamrun Nahar & Munir Ozturk (Eds.). Ecophysiology, Abiotic Stress Responses and Utilization of Halophytes. Springer Nature, Singapore. pp. 365-381. ISBN 978-981-13-3761-1   
  10. Seyed Mousa Sadeghi, Faridah-Hanum, I., Kamziah Abd Kudus & Khalid Rehman Hakeem. 2019. Recovery of tree species composition, diversity and biomass of a hill dipterocarp forest after logging. Malayan Nature Journal 71(1): 55-78.
  11. Ahmad Fitri, Z., Faridah-Hanum, I., Nurul Shida Saari, Norazlinda, M., Nik Norafida, N.A., Latiff, A., Rosni Ludin, Kamarulizwan Kamaruddin And Nik Hazlan, N. H.   Floristic Composition, Community Structure, Diversity and Biomass of Trees Species in Three Forest Reserves at Pulau Pangkor, Perak, Malaysia.   The Malaysian Forester  82 (1): 134 – 158.
  12. Ahmad Fitri, Z.., Latiff, A., Faridah-Hanum, I.., Nurul Shida Saari, Rosni Ludin & Kamarulizwan Kamaruddin. 2019. A Checklist of Higher Plants In Pangkor Utara Forest Reserve, Perak, Peninsular Malaysia. The Malaysian Forester 82 (1): 99 – 122.
  13. Ozturk, M., N.Saba, Altay,V., Rizwan,  I., Hakeem, K.R., Jawaid,M. & Faridah-Hanum, I. 2017. A Comparative Study on the Biomass and Bioenergy Production in Turkey and Malaysia. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 79: 1285-1302.     
  14. Norhajar Eswani, Kamziah Abd Kudus, Ainuddin Nuruddin, A.G. Awang Noor & Faridah-Hanum, I. 2017.  Soil Carbon Storage of Various Species in Marudu Bay Mangrove Forest, Sabah.  The Malaysian Forester  80(1 &2): 150-160.
  15. Norhajar Eswani, Kamziah Abd Kudus, Ainuddin Nuruddin, A.G. Awang Noor & Faridah-Hanum, I. 2017. Carbon estimation and economic value of Nypa fruticans (Thunb.) Wurmb. in Marudu Bay, Sabah, Malaysia.  Malayan  Nature Journal  69(2): 93-102.
  16. Hafidz, A., Faridah-Hanum, I. and Awang Noor, A.G.   Species diversity and Stumpage Valuation of Timber Resources at Pasir Tengkorak Forest Reserve, Langkawi, Kedah. Sains Malaysiana  45(3): 355-363.
  17. Sadeghi S. M., Faridah-Hanum I., Abdu A., Abd Kudus K., Hakeem K.R. and Ozturk, M. 2016. Recovery of Soil in Hill Dipterocarp Forest after Logging in Kedah, Malaysia.  Malayan  Nature Journal  68 (1 & 2):  187-
  18. Rhyma, P.P., Norizah, K., Ismail Adnan, A.M., Faridah-Hanum, I. and Shamsudin Ibrahim. 2015. Canopy Density Classification of Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve Using Machine Learning Approach in Remote Sensing for Transect Establishment. The Malaysian Forester 78(1 &2): 75-86
  19. Zakaria, R., Nizam, M.S. & Faridah-Hanum, I. 2015. Floristic, diversity and structure of tree communities in three distinct forest habitats in Perlis State Park, Perlis, Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of  Science  5(11): 1016-1023.
  20. Seyed Mousa Sadeghi, Faridah-Hanum, I., Wan Razali, W. M., Kamziah Abd Kudus & Khalid Rehman Hakeem. 2014. Tree Composition and Diversity of a Hill Dipterocarp Forest after Logging. Malayan Nature Journal   66(4):  1-15.
  21. Nurul-Shida, S., Faridah-Hanum, I., Wan Razali, W.M. & Kamziah, K. 2014. Community structure of trees in Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve, Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia. The Malaysian Forester 77(1): 73-86.
  22. Faridah-Hanum, I., Latiff, A., Khalid Rehman Hakeem & Munir Ozturk (Eds). 2014. Mangrove Ecosystems of Asia. Springer, New York & Heidelberg. 471pp.  ISBN  978-1-4614-8581-0 
  23. Latiff, A. & Faridah-Hanum, I. 2014. Mangrove ecosystems of Malaysia: status, challenges and management strategies In: Faridah_Hanum, I., Latiff, A., Khalid Rehman Hakeem and Munir Ozturk (Eds). Mangrove Ecosystems of Asia. Springer, New York and Heidelberg. pp. 1-22. ISBN  978-1-4614-8581-0
  24. Faridah-Hanum, I., Ibrahim, A.Z. & Latiff, A. 2013. Rediscovery of Gnetum globosum (Gnetaceae) from Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. Folia Malaysiana 14(1):51-54.
  25. Fatheen Nabila, G., Wan Razali, W.M., Faridah-Hanum, I. & Arifin Abdu.  The effects of environmental and soil fertility factors on plant species diversity in Kilim Geoforest Park, Langkawi, Malaysia. Pertanika Journal Tropical Agricultural Science 36: 261-286.
  26. Faridah-Hanum, I., Kamziah Abd Kudus & Nurul Syida Saari. 2012. Plant diversity and biomass of Marudu Bay Mangroves in Malaysia. J. Botany 44: 151-156.  
  27. Fatheen Nabila, G., Faridah-Hanum, I., Kamziah Abd Kudus & Nazre, M. 2012. Assessment of Floristic Composition of Kilim Geopark, Malaysia. Journal Agricultural Science 4(3): 23 – 34.
  28. Ismail, P., M. S. Nizam, A. Latiff, I. Faridah-Hanum & I. Samsudin. 2011. Phenology of Gonystylus bancanus in Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Tropical Forest Science 23 (2) : 143-151
  29. Linatoc, A.C., Faridah-Hanum, I. & Latiff, A. 2011. Ecological dynamics of Mangifera (Anacardiaceae) in a Malaysia lowland rain forest. The Malaysian Forester 74(2):157-172.
  30. Saiful Islam, Faridah-Hanum, I., Shukor, M.N. & Latiff, A. 2010. Spatial variation of physical environment and environmental aspect of selective logging: a case study of tropical hill dipterocarp forests of Peninsular Malaysia. The Malaysian Forester 73(1): 33-51.





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