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

Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research

Uraiporn recently completed her MSc at the Prince of Songkla University.

Uraiporn is particularly interested in the taxonomy of murid rodents.


Uraiporn was awarded (May, 2011) a grant by the Systematics Association, UK for her work on SE Asian murid rodent taxonomy. This involves detailed technical drawings of skull and dental morphology of twelve murid genera.

Above: Uraiporn presenting the results of her small mammal research in peninsular Thailand.

Above: Uraiporn working with Dr Nikky Thomas of the Harrison Institute and fellow MSc student Chris Imakando from the Copperbelt University, Zambia.

Below: Uraiporn on field surveys in southern Thailand.



Uraiporn Pimsai

Scientist
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Natural History Museum
Prince of Songkla University
Hatyai, Songkhla, 90112
Thailand.

E-mail: u.pimsai@gmail.com


Education: 

2010-2012: M.Sc. (Zoology Programme), Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand. (Successfully examined on 27th September, 2012)
Title of M.Sc. thesis A taxonomic study of the external and cranio-dental characters of the twelve murid rodent genera of the Thai-Malaysian peninsula (Rodentia: Muridae).

2004-2008: B.Sc. (Biology), Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand


Applied work: 

2013: Joined (in November) Dr Serge Morand (CNRS, Montpellier) for a field trip for rodent research in Songkla Province under the CERoPath and BiodivHealthSEA programme.

2011-present: together with Pipat Soisook, took part in a series of surveys to promote the conservation of mammals and birds in Bulon Island (to Park staff, local people and tourists) - part of a Royal project of biodiversity and conservation of natural resources in the Bulon Islands, Mu Koh Petra National Park, Satun Province, S. Thailand.


Awards:

2011 (May): Awarded a Systematics Association Fund grant (by the UK Systematics Association) for her work on illustrating skull, dental and the foot morphology of Southeast Asian murids - this work has now been completed (see some examples).


Research Interests:

  • Taxonomy, ecology, diversity and conservation status of murid rodents and small mammals in Thailand/mainland SE Asia

  • Field research - rodents and other small mammals

  • Technical scientific drawing.

Current and Recent Research Activities:

2012-2013: Natural resources survey and nature trail development on Bulon Le and Bulon Don Islands, Mu Ko Phetra National Park.

2010-2012: Review of the external and cranio-dental characters of the twelve murid rodent genera of the Thai-Malaysian peninsula

2007-2008: Study of Morphological variation of Kerivoula hardwickii Horsfield, 1824 (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in Thailand.

Published paper:

Pimsai, U., M.J. Pearch, C. Satasook, S. Bumrungsri, & P.J.J. Bates. 2014. Murine rodents (Rodentia: Murinae) of the Myanmar-Thailand-Malaysia peninsula and Singapore: taxonomy, distribution, ecology, conservation status, and illustrated identification keys. Bonn Zoological Journal, 63(1): 15-114.


International Workshops and Conferences:

2013: Conference ‘The 3rd conference on taxonomy and Systematics in Thailand. 11th -13th May, 2011. Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Oral presentation “A taxonomic study of the external and cranio-detal characters of the twelve murid rodents genera of Thai-Malaysian peninsula (Rodentia: Muridae)"

2012: Workshop of Southeast Asian Bat Conversation Research Unit, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand. 2nd -9th  July, 2012

2012: Regional Training/workshop ‘Rodent survey: from trapping to pathogen screening’. 15th-18th May, 2012. Faculty of Veterinary Science, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand.

2011: Conference ‘The 1st conference on taxonomy and Systematics in Thailand. 2nd-4th May, 2011. Faculty of Science, Naresuan University, Thailand. Poster presentation “Small mammals in Plants Protection Area of RSPG, Rajjaprabha Dam EGAT, Surat Thani Province”.

2010: Conference ‘Biodiversity of Southern Thailand in Focus: Status and Research Direction’. 10-12 November, 2010. Walailuk University, Nakornsritammarat, Thailand.

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

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