Lian Pin Koh was awarded a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology by Princeton University in the United States of America in 2008. Following that, he received Post-Doctoral training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland. In 2011, Lian Pin was appointed an Assistant Professor by the Swiss National Science Foundation. In 2014, he was recruited by the University of Adelaide in Australia to take on the position of Associate Professor of Applied Ecology & Conservation. He was subsequently awarded the prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (Level II). Lian Pin was promoted to full Professor in 2017, and currently serves as Director of two University research units: the Centre for Applied Conservation Science, and the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility.
Lian Pin is an applied ecologist and environmental scientist. His research focuses on developing the Science and Science-based decision support tools to help reconcile society’s growing consumptive needs with environmental protection. He addresses this challenge through field studies and experiments, computer simulations and modelling, as well as by co-opting emerging technologies for use in environmental research and applications.
Lian Pin has published >110 peer-reviewed articles in journals, including Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. His research has received >9,000 citations by his peers. Lian Pin’s work has real and significant impacts in both academia and civil society. He was bestowed the honour of a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013, for “his record of professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through his inspiring leadership”.
Lian Pin is a pioneer in the use of low-cost drone technology for environmental applications. He is Founding Director of ConservationDrones.org, a US-based non-profit organisation that seeks to introduce drone technology to scientists and conservationists worldwide. ConservationDrones.org has received numerous awards and media coverage (>600,000 visits to its website). Lian Pin was invited to the 2013 TED-Global conference in Edinburgh, where he spoke on the positive use of drones. His TED talk has been viewed >600,000 times by a global audience.
Lian Pin is regularly invited as a plenary speaker to numerous other international meetings, including the WWF Fuller Symposium in Washington D.C. in 2012.