I am a conservation ecologist and my main research interest lies in the behavior, ecology, and conservation of Asian megafauna, particularly elephants. My work focuses on (1) understanding elephants’ ecological function, especially as seed dispersers, and (2) developing science-based strategies for human-elephant coexistence. I obtained my PhD from the University of Tokyo (2009) and held a research fellowship at the National University of Singapore (NUS, 2009-2010). Then I moved to Malaysia to work at the local campus of the University of Nottingham (UNMC), where since 2013 I’m an Associate Professor in Tropical Conservation Ecology. I am also the Principal Investigator of the Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME; www.meme-elephants.org) research project, the President of the Asian Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB-Asia), and a council member of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC).