Lim Voon Ching

Scholarly Teaching Fellow
School of Science

Primary: lim.voonching@monash.edu
Secondary: +603 5515 9609
Room 4-8-33
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2722-4771

Voon Ching graduated with a diploma and degree in forestry science from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2012 and 2015. She pursued her PhD under the supervision of Dr John James Wilson in University of Malaya where she assessed the potential of DNA barcoding to understand the diversity of bats and their phytophagous diet in Peninsular Malaysia. Her PhD research was supported by National Geographic Society and Malaysia Nature Society. In 2018, Voon Ching graduated with a PhD in Ecology & Biodiversity (Biology & Biochemistry). She immediately worked as postdoctoral research fellow in the same university for the Blue Communities Research Programme where she researches into ecosystem services in Tun Mustapha Park, northern Sabah. In addition, Voon Ching co-developed two research projects: (1) using participatory mapping and Photovoice to map ecosystem services from local perspectives; (2) exploring educational comic as a tool to address fish bombing issues. She had also co-taught “Creating serious games for education” at 3rd Residential School by TIDE (Transformation by Innovation in Distance Education)at Yangon University, Myanmar with Dr Cedric Tan Kai Wei from University of Oxford. In 2020, Voon Ching joined Monash University, Malaysia as a Scholarly Teaching Fellow.

Though not an elite athlete, Voon Ching represented schools and university in Taekwondo. She stopped competing in 2014 and since then, she lift weights for fun. Her favourites are deadlift and squat.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology & Biodiversity (Biology & Biochemistry), University of Malaya, Malaysia, 2018
  • BSc (Hons) in Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia, 2015
  • Diploma in Forestry, UPM, Malaysia, 2012

Expertise

Ecology, ecosystem services, chiropterology, DNA barcoding,

Research Interests

Environmental communication, citizen science, human perception, ecology, chiropterology, animal-plant interactions.

Teaching

  • BIO1011 (Blueprints for life)
  • GEN2041 (Foundations of genetics)
  • BIO1022 (Life on Earth)
  • BTH3752 (Molecular biology and biotechnology)
  • SCI1020 (Introduction to statistical reasoning)

Books

Lim, V.C., Johari, S., Hussein, M.A.S. & Fadzil, K.S. (Eds.). (2020). Lumba-lumba pulanglah. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Penerbit Universiti Malaya.

Scholarly Journals

Hattam, C., Broszeit, S., Langmead, O., Praptiwi, Radisti, A., Lim, V. C., Creencia, L. A., Hau, T.D., Maharja, C., Wulandari, P., Setia, T. M., Sugardjito, J., Javier, J., Jose, E., Gajardo, L. J., Then, A. Y. H.,  Amri, A. Y., Johari, S., Justine, E. V., Hussein, M. A. S., Goh, H. C., Hung, N. P., Quyen, N. V., Thao, L. N., Tri, N. H., Edwards-Jones, A, & Austen, M. C. (2021).  A matrix approach to tropical marine ecosystem service assessments in South East AsiaEcosystem Services, 51, 101346doi: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2021.101346

Lim, V. C., Justine, E. V., Yusof, K., Ariffin, W. N., Goh, H. C, & Fadzil, K. S. (2021). Eliciting local knowledge of ecosystem services using participatory mapping and Photovoice: A case study of Tun Mustapha Park, MalaysiaPLoS ONE 16(7), e0253740doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253740

Aziz, S.A., McConkey, K.R., Tanalgo, K., Sritongchuay, T., Low, M.R., Yong, J.Y., Mildenstein, T.L., Nuevo-Diego, E.E., Lim, V.C. & Racey, P. (2021). The critical importance of Old World fruit bats for healthy ecosystems and economiesFrontiers in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2021.641411

Lim, V.C. & J.J. Wilson. (2019). Public perceptions and knowledge of, and responses to, bats in urban areas in Peninsular, Malaysia. Anthrozoös, 32(6), 825–834. DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2019.1673063

Fadzil, K.S. & Lim, V.C. (2019). Forest reserve as an inclusive or exclusive space? Engaging orang asli as stakeholder in protected area management. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 31(3), 278–285. doi: 10.26525/jtfs2019.31.3.278

Boey, S. S., Ariffin, W. N. S. W. M., Amri, A. Y., Liew, S., Lim, V. C., Fadzil, K. S., ... & Goh, H. C. (2018). Initializing multi-stakeholder engagement in the context of Marine Protected Area management and capacity-building programmes: A Tun Mustapha Park case study. Journal of Research Management & Governance1(1), 31-37. doi: 10.22452/jrmg.vol1no1.2

Lim, V. C., Ramli, R., Bhassu, S., & Wilson, J. J. (2018). Pollination implications of the diverse diet of tropical nectar-feeding bats roosting in an urban cave. PeerJ. 6:e4572. doi:10.7717/peerj.4572

Lim, V. C., Clare, E. L., Littlefair, J. E., Ramli, R., Bhassu, S., & Wilson, J. J. (2018). Impact of urbanisation and agriculture on the diet of fruit bats. Urban Ecosystems, 21(1), 61-70. doi:10.1007/s11252-017-0700-3

Pilla, P., Puan, C. L., Lim, V. C., Azhar, B., & Zakaria, M. (2018). Sunda scops-owl density estimation via distance sampling and call playback. Sains Malaysiana, 47(3), 441-446. doi:10.17576/jsm-2018-4703-03

Lim, V. C., Ramli, R., Bhassu, S., & Wilson, J. J. (2017). A checklist of the bats of Peninsular Malaysia and progress towards a DNA barcode reference library. PloS ONE, 12(7), e0179555. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179555

Lim, V.C. & J.J. Wilson. (2015). Progress in DNA barcoding the bats of Peninsular Malaysia. In Scientific abstracts from the 6th International Barcode of Life Conference / Résumés scientifiques du 6e congrès international « Barcode of Life, 18-22 August 2015. Genome 58(5): 246

Wilson, J. J., Jisming-See, S. W., Brandon-Mong, G. J., Lim, A. H., Lim, V. C., Lee, P. S., & Sing, K. W. (2015). Citizen science: the first Peninsular Malaysia butterfly count. Biodiversity Data Journal, (3), e7159. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e7159

Research Grants

University grant

  • Advancing Women’s Success During COVID-19 Grant (RM2,100)

Local grants

  • Young Environmental Research Grant, 2016-2018, Malaysian Nature Society, RM10,000
  • Postgraduate Research Grant, 2016-2018, University of Malaya, RM3,800

International grants

  • 1st Rufford Small Grant, Lim, V. C., Fadzil, K.S., Then, A., Yang Amri, A. & Goh, H.C., 2019-ongoing, The Rufford Foundation, GBP4,976
  • GCRF Blue Communities ECRN funding, Lim, V. C. & Richter, I., 2019-ongoing, GCRF Blue Communities, GBP4,990
  • GCRF Blue Communities ECRN funding, Praptiwi, R. & Lim, V. C., 2019-ongoing, GCRF Blue Communities, GBP4907.51
  • National Geographic Foundation for Science and Exploration – Asia, Lim, V. C., 2016-2018, National Geographic Society, GBP4,925

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Professional Association

Membership in Academic Editorial Committees (Journal reviewer)

  • Biodiversity Data Journal
  • Mammalian Biology
  • Mammal Study
  • Nature Scientific Report
  • Journal of Sustainability Science and Management
  • Australian Journal of Zoology

Academic/Corporate Community Engagements

International Presentations

Lim, V.C., M.I. Mohd Noor, E.V. Justine, K.S. Fadzil & & H.C. Goh (2020, January). Understanding the socio-ecological systems in Tun Mustapha Park, Sabah, Malaysia through local communities’ perspectives. Paper presented at the Rufford Small Grant Conference 2020, Penang, Malaysia.

Lim, V.C. (2018, July). Utilisation of DNA Barcoding in assessing the diversity of bats and their phytophagous diet in Peninsular Malaysia. Paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation 2018, Malaysia.

Lim, V.C., R. Ramli., S. Bhassu & J.J. Wilson. (2017, December). Diverse diet of cave nectar bats in an urban environment as revealed by DNA metabarcoding. Paper presented at the 22nd Biological Sciences Graduate Congress 2017, Singapore.

Lim, V.C., R. Ramli., S. Bhassu & J.J. Wilson. (2017, July). Using DNA metabarcoding to understand the diet and pollination role of Eonycteris spelaea. Paper presented at the 19th International Botanical Congress, China.

Lim, V.C., R. Ramli., S. Bhassu & J.J. Wilson. (2016, November). A checklist of the bats of Peninsular Malaysia and progress towards a DNA barcode reference library. Paper presented at the Student Conference on Conservation Science, China.

Lim, V.C., E. Clare, J. Littlefair, R. Ramli & J.J. Wilson (2016, June). Fruit for thought: how human activities affect the diet of the frugivorous bat, Cynopterus brachyotis in Peninsular Malaysia. Paper presented at the Conservation Asia 2016, Singapore.

Lim, V.C., R. Ramli., S. Bhassu & J.J. Wilson. (2016, December). Engaging Public in Conservation of Bats. Poster presented at the 21st Biological Sciences Graduate Congress 2016, Malaysia.

Lim, V.C. & J.J. Wilson. (2015, August). Progress in DNA barcoding the bats of Peninsular Malaysia. Poster presented at the 6th International Barcode of Life Conference, Canada.

Local Presentations

Lim, V.C., R. Ramli., S. Bhassu & J.J. Wilson. (2017, November). A checklist of the bats of Peninsular Malaysia. Paper presented at the 8th Biodiversity Seminar 2017, Malaysia.

Invited Speaker – MENGO Earth Day Celebration at Khazanah Ilmu Negara (21 April 2018)

Invited Speaker – Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2018

Invited Speaker - Wild Wildlife with Kanchil and Friends at Badan Warisan Negara (18 – March 2017)

Invited Speaker – Sri KDU International School, Malaysia (20 April 2016)

Awards

2018

  • Travel Grant for 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation 2018, Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Utilisation of DNA Barcoding in assessing the diversity of bats and their phytophagous diet in Peninsular Malaysia
  • 1st Runner Up for National Final Heat of Fame Lab, British Council and MIGHT, Malaysia
  • Winner for Central Heat of Fame Lab, British Council and MIGHT, Malaysia

2017

  • 2nd Place for 3 Minutes Thesis, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya
  • First Place for Oral Presentation, 22nd Biological Sciences Graduate Congress, Diverse diet of cave nectar bats in an urban environment as revealed by DNA metabarcoding

2016

  • First Place for Poster Presentation, 21st Biological Sciences Graduate Congress, Engaging Public in Conservation of Bats
  • Travel and Accommodation Scholarship, Student Conference on Conservation Science, A checklist of the bats of Peninsular Malaysia and progress towards a DNA barcode reference library

2015

  • Hadiah Kumpulan Pengurusan Kayu-Kayan Terengganu, Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia