Aileen Tan SHAU HWAI
Prof. Dato' Dr. Aileen Tan is the Director of Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS) in USM and also the Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific University-Community Engagement Network (APUCEN). She has been elected as the first woman president of the 53-years old UNITAS Malacologica, which is based in Belgium, from 2013-2016. Professionally, her field of expertise is in marine science, specializing in mariculture and conservation of molluscs. Her studies also focus on the biodiversity of marine invertebrates of Malaysian Seas. Aileen has been conducting research on the physiological responses of invertebrates, in particularly the responses of molluscs towards an acidic environment. She is currently working closely with scientists from Sweden, Thailand and Hong Kong on the effect of climate change and ocean acidification on marine invertebrates, namely the corals and molluscs.