‘eighty years of promoting biodiversity conservation through taxonomic research, scientific training and international networks’

Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research

Ith Saveng is a lecturer and curator at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He is currently studying for his PhD at the Prince of Songkla University.


As part of his PhD, Saveng is currently working on the genetics of the Rhinolophus affinis species complex in SE Asia.


Ith Saveng

Lecturer of Biology Department, Royal University of Phnom Penh

Curator, Natural History Museum, Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Centre for Biodiversity Conservation
Room 415, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science Royal University of Phnom Penh
Confederation of Russia Boulevard,
Phnom Penh,
Cambodia
Tel: +855(0)92 43 80 97
Mobile: +66(0) 848559379
E-mail: ithsaveng@yahoo.com


Currently studying as a Darwin PhD Student at:

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
Prince of Songkla University
Hatyai, Songkhla, 90112
Thailand.


Education:

2010-2014: Ph.D. (Darwin Initiative Programme)in Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand (successfully examined on 29 September, 2014) - A taxonomic study of Rhinolophus affinis (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) in mainland SE Asia, Borneo and Sumatra.

2006-2009: M.Sc. in Biodiversity Conservation, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Title of M.Sc. thesis: A taxonomic review of Rhinolophus coelophyllus Peters 1867 and R. shameli Tate 1943 (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) in continental Southeast Asia.

2001-2005: B.Sc in Biology, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


Research Interests:

  • Taxonomy, ecology, acoustics and molecular genetics of Southeast Asian bat taxa

  • Biodiversity of bats and small mammals in SE Asia.


Current and Recent Research Activities:

2010-2013: A taxonomic study of Rhinolophus affinis (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) in mainland SE Asia, Borneo and Sumatra (PhD research).

2010-(ongoing): Field research and study of the bats of Cambodia

2007-2010: Review of two species of horseshoe bats in SE Asia (including MSc research).


List of publications:

Furey, N.M., S. Phauk, S. Phen, S. Chheang, S. Ith, P.J.J. Bates and G. Csorba. 2012. New country records for five bat species (Chiroptera) from Cambodia. Cambodian Journal of Natural History 2012 (2): 141-149 [PDF available]

Csorba, G., N.T. Son, S. Ith, and N.M. Furey. 2011. Revealing cryptic bat diversity: three new Murina and redescription of M. tubinaris from Southeast Asia. Journal of Mammalogy, 92(4): 891-904 [PDF available]

Ith, S., G. Csorba, P.J.J. Bates, N.M. Furey. 2011. Confirmation of seven bat species for Cambodia. Cambodian Journal of Natural History, 2011(2): 93-103. [PDF available]

Kingsada, P., B. Douangboubpha, S. Ith, N. Furey, P. Soisook, S. Bumrungsri, C. Satasook, V.D. Thong, G. Csorba, D. Harrison, M. Pearch, P. Bates, N. Thomas. 2011. A checklist of bats from Cambodia, including the first record of the intermediate horseshoe bat Rhinolophus affinis (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae), with additional information from Thailand and Vietnam. Cambodian Journal of Natural History, 2011(1): 49-59. [PDF available]

Ith, S., P. Soisook, S. Bumrungsri, T. Kingston, S.J. Puechmaille, M.J. Struebig, Si Si Hla Bu, V.D. Thong, N.M. Furey, N.M. Thomas, and P.J.J. Bates. 2011. A taxonomic review of Rhinolophophus coelophyllus Peters 1867 and R. shameli Tate 1943 (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) in continental Southeast Asia. Acta Chiropterologica, 13(1): 41-59. [PDF available]


Participation in International Research and Training projects:

2010-ongoing: Harrison Institute, UK - sponsored by Darwin Initiative, UK: 'Enhancing taxonomic capacity to underpin tropical biodiversity conservation' (SE Asia).

2009-2011: Harrison Institute/Fauna and Flora International Cambodia/UK: 'Increasing in-country capacity and regional co-operation to promote bat conservation in Cambodia with particular reference to Otomops wroughtoni'.

2005-ongoing (Phases 1 & 2): Fauna and Flora International, Cambodia/UK - sponsored by the Darwin Initiative, UK ('Building university capacity to train future Cambodian conservationists'), the MacArthur Foundation and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

2005-2008: Harrison Institute, UK - sponsored by Darwin Initiative, UK: 'Taxonomic initiative for Southeast Asian bat studies (Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam)'.


International Workshops and Training
:

In Cambodia:

26-27 April 2009: Workshop on ‘Increasing in-country capacity and regional co-operation to promote bat conservation in Cambodia, with particular reference to Otomops wroughtoni’, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

14-16 July 2008: Amphibian biology and conservation training course with Dr. Jodi Rowley-Amphibian Biologist, conducted by Conservation International.

24 Oct-31 Oct 2006: Specimen preserving - a training course on reptile and amphibian curation. with expert curator from England, Centre for Biodiversity Conservation (CBC), Royal University of Phnom Penh.

In Malaysia:

1-29 May 2010: Bat ecology training “Malaysian Bat Conservation” Krau Wildlife Reserve, Malaysia. Sponsored by SEABRCU and Earthwatch.


In Thailand:

19-20 December 2013: Thailand Wildlife Seminar 34th, Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand.

28 July-09 August 2013: Molecular Ecology Workshop, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand.

2-9 July 2012: Workshop of Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand

21-22 Oct 2010: Workshop on ‘Bird research and conservation in SE Asia’, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand.

26-28 July 2010: Workshop on ‘Using GIS and echolocation as tools for conservation of bats in SE Asia’ Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand.

19 Dec 2007-18 Jan 2008: Training on bat taxonomy and field techniques, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.

01-07 April 2007: Training on bat taxonomy and field techniques, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.