Dr Nurul Ain Elias is a faculty member at the School of Biological Sciences, USM. She is an animal ecologist whose research focuses on reproductive ecology and resource partitioning among small mammals. She is involved in research of the wildlife of karst landscapes in the northern part of the Malaysian Peninsula which provide suitable habitat for various organisms and roosting sites for bats and birds. Her research of the influence of cave systems on the reproductive ecology of cave-roosting bats in tropical rainforest is among the research projects of the long term bats monitoring programme conducted by the Southeast Asian Bat Conservation and Research Union (SEABCRU). Dr Nurul has a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MSc in Environmental Biology from USM. She obtained her PhD in Zoology from Texas Tech University, USA.