Dr.  Nadine Ruppert
Senior Lecturer
B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc. (Tropical Biology), University Würzburg (UniWü), Germany
Ph.D., Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Research Profile

Primate ecology, behaviour & conservation
Plant-mammal interactions (seed dispersal)
Head of Macaca Nemestrina Project


Current Research


  •             Study of  the behaviour and ecology of  a habituated free-ranging group of southern pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina) at Segari Melintang Forest Reserve, Perak
  •      Determining the role of M. nemestrina in seed dispersal and forest regeneration
  •      Assessing the use of oil palm plantations by wild M. nemestrina and its implications for mitigating human-wildlife conflicts
  •             Involved in the establishment of numerous new primate studies in Malaysia, involving orang-utan, macaques and langurs
  •            Former research: Seed dispersal of rattan palms by mammals




  •          Perak Forestry Department
  •          Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN)
  •          Malaysian Primatological Society


  •          German Primate Centre (DPZ), Goettingen Germany
  •          The Rufford Foundation, London UK

Selected Publications

  •             Ruppert N, Asyraf M and Shahrul Anuar MS (2014) Role of pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina) in seed dispersal of non-climbing rattans in Peninsular Malaysia. Asian Primates Journal 4(2): 42-51.
  •             Ruppert N,  Asyraf M and Shahrul Anuar MS (2015) Rattan (Calamoideae) abundance and above-ground biomass at a primary rainforest of Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Plant Ecology & Diverstity. Accepted.
  •            Ruppert N, Asyraf M, Shahrul Anuar MS (2015) Diversity and biomass of terrestrial small mammals at a Malaysian primary rainforest reserve (Segari Melintang Forest Reserve, Peninsular Malaysia). Journal of Tropical Life Science, 5(1):33-42.
  •             Ruppert N, Asyraf M, Shahrul Anuar MS (2012) One-year mark-and-recapture study on small terrestrial mammals at Segari Melintang Forest Reserve, Perak: Assessing trap height and bait preference and efficiency of different tagging methods for long-term identification. Procceedings of the seminar on long-term ecological research in East Asia Pacific region (EAP-LTER2012): Challenges of environment monitoring towards sustainability, Kuala Lumpur 4-5 July 2012.
  •             Ruppert N,  Asyraf M, Shahrul Anuar MS (2012) New shoots from inflorescences in Calamus castaneus in Peninsular Malaysia. Palms. 56(1): 36-40.