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

Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research

Ngagyel Tenzin from Bhutan recently completed his MSc thesis at the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.

Ngagyel Tenzin studied squirrel taxonomy.

Ngagyel Tenzin in discussion with Dr Pipat Soisook, researcher and curator at the Natural History Museum of the Prince of Songkla University.

Ngagyel Tenzin making a presentation in December, 2012 at the Thailand Wildlife Seminar which took place in the Faculty of Forestry at Kasetsart University, Thailand.

Ngagyel Tenzin

Teacher in Biology (Department of Science)

Jampeling Higher Secondary School, Kanglung, Trashigang, Bhutan.
Tel: +975 (0)8 471001
E-mail: ngagyelt@hotmail.com


2010-2013: M.Sc. (Darwin Initiative Student), Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand - Taxonomic study of giant, tree and ground squirrels (Sciuridae; Ratufinae and Callosciurinae) of Peninsular Thailand. (Successfully examined in May, 2013).

2004-2007: B.Ed (Biology). College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan (RUB), Samtse, Bhutan.


  • MSc Scholarship from the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand

Research Interests:

  • Taxonomy, ecology and conservation of small mammals in Bhutan and Southeast Asia

Current and Recent Research Activities:

2011: Review of the Sciuridae (squirrels) taxonomy in Southeast Asia including:

  • Does sexual dimorphism exist in squirrels? A case of five species of genus Callosciurus (Callosciurinae) of peninsular Thailand with keys to species - Paper submitted to Thailand Wildlife Journal (TWJ).

  • Geographical variation within the species Ratufa bicolor (Sparrman, 1778)/ black giant squirrel (Sciuridae: Ratufinae) in Thailand - Paper submitted to Thailand Natural History Museum Journal (TNHNJ) and will be published in May, 2013.

  • A review of taxonomic research of giant, tree and ground squirrels (Ratufinae, Callosciurinae) in Thailand, with detailed keys to the genera - (paper in prep).

List of publications

Tenzin, N, C. Satasook, S. Bumrungsri, and P.J.J. Bates. Does sexual dimorphism exist in squirrels? A case of five species of genus Callosciurus (Callosciurinae) of peninsular Thailand with keys to species. Journal of Wildlife in Thailand (in press).

Tenzin, N, S. Bumrungsri, and C. Satasook. 2013. Geographical variation within the Species Ratufa bicolor Sparrman, 1778) inferred from external and cranial morphology (Sciuridae: Ratufinae) in Thailand. Thailand Natural History Museum Journal, 7 (1): 1-10.

Workshops, Seminars, Conferences attended in Thailand (International and National)

  • Thailand Wildlife Seminar at Kasetsart University, Faculty of Forestry (13/12/2012 -14/12/2012) - Topic presented: Keys to the genera of non-flying sciurid (Ratufinae and Callosciurinae) rodents of Peninsular Thailand, based on cranio-dental characters (Abstract published).

  • International Ornithological Congress of Southeast Asia (IOCSEA), 27-29, 2012, Khao Lak, Thailand.