What is going on in the local biodiversity research scene and how much do we actually know about species in Singapore? These are some out of the many questions that will be addressed during the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium IV, 1 Aug 2015: 9.00AM – 5.00PM @ UTown Auditorium 2. Join us to learn more about the changing biodiversity landscape, and how you can get more involved in the local green scene!

8:00 am – 8:30 am: Early bird coffee, registration & first look at research posters [poster abstracts]

8:30 am – 9:00 am: Opening

  1. Welcome speech by Symposium Coordinator, Dr Joelle Lai [PDF]
  2. Guest-of-Honour address by Mr Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development [Link]
  3. Keynote speech by Prof Rudolf Meier, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum [PPT]

9:00 am 10:00 am: Session I – Conflict and Reconciliation
Chairpersons: Adrian LOO & Sean YAP (NUS)

  1. “Reticulated pythons in Singapore: Dispensable pest or indispensable predator?” by Mary-Ruth​ LOW (NUS) [PDF]
  2. “Monkey Guards – guiding macaque avoidance of human territory” by ​Sabrina JABBAR (ACRES & JGIS) [PDF]
  3. “Human-ecosystem conflict in Singapore: a study of encroachment of prohibited nature areas” by Audrey LEE (NUS)
  4. “The community-government engagement approach over the alignment of the Cross Island Line” by Tony O’DEMPSEY (NSS) [PDF]
  5. “Developing MacRitchie, a mixed media installation inspired by the Cross Island Line” by CHU Haopei (NTU) [PDF]
  6. “Love MacRitchie: Engagement, connections and environmental activism in Singapore” by TAN Hui Zhen (NUS) [PDF]

15 minutes Q & A

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Poster Viewing [poster abstracts] & Tea Break I

11:00 am – 11:50 pm: Session II – Becoming Biodiversity Smart: Collecting Critical Data I
Chairpersons: FOO Maosheng (NUS) & Chloe TAN (NUS)

  1. “Clues from genomics: What faeces can tell us about biology of the Banded Leaf Monkeys (Presbytis femoralis) in Singapore” by Amrita​ SRIVATHSAN (NUS) [PDF]
  2. “What is the Singapore slow loris and how will we ever know?” by FAM Shun Deng​ (ANU)
  3. “Invading incognito—Introduced freshwater snails of Singapore” by NG Ting Hui​ (NUS) [PDF]
  4. “Assassin bugs: biodiversity, phylogenetics and diet” by YEO Huiqing​ (NUS) [PDF]
  5. “Investigating haemoparasites of reticulated pythons (Malayopython reticulatus) in Singapore” by LIN Shuyan​ (NUS) [PPT]
  6. “Natural history observations of two pairs of Spotted Wood-owls (Strix seloputo)” by Ella​ MCAULIFFE (UWCSEA) [PPT]

15 minutes Q & A

11:50 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch (Not Provided)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Session III – Eco-literacy and Neglected Approaches
Chairpersons: Mary Rose POSA (NUS) & Sumita THIAGARAJAN (NUS)

  1. “SPECIAL UPDATE: The Singapore Whale” by Marcus CHUA (NUS)
  2. “Communicating the closure of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve – mechanisms, reactions & implications” by XU Weiting (NUS) [PDF]
  3. “Understanding Singapore’s Long-tailed Macaques” by SRIKANTAN Lakshminarayanan Jayasri (NParks & JGIS) [PPT]
  4. “Citizen science contributions to tracking the seasonal abundance of the tropical swallowtail moth (Lyssa zampa) (Butler, 1869)” by Lynn NG (NUS) [PDF]
  5. “Community in nature for schools: Encouraging our young to act for biodiversity” by Henrietta​ WOO (NParks) [PDF]
  6. “Ecosystem services – a future tool to conserve Singapore’s threatened mangroves?” by Dan FRIESS​ (NUS) [PPT]

15 minutes Q & A

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Poster Viewing [poster abstracts] & Tea Break II

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Session IV – Becoming Biodiversity Smart: Collecting Critical Data II
Chairpersons: HWANG Weisong (NUS) & Rebecca LEE (NUS)

  1. “Hop, skip and jump – the striped tit-babbler’s use of forest fragments in Singapore” by David TAN (NUS) [PDF]
  2. “Do birds use reforested sites? Avian point count survey comparison of a reforested and mature secondary forest in Pulau Ubin” by Serin​ SUBARAJ (NParks & Temasek Polytechnic) [PDF]
  3. “Skyrise greenery: ensuring habitats to enhance bird and butterfly diversity ” by Chloe TAN (NUS) [PDF]
  4. “Biodiversity and ecological studies in the reservoirs of Singapore” by NG Wen Qing (NUS)
  5. “Rapid biodiversity discovery in megadiverse tropical systems using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) barcodes” by Darren​ YEO (NUS) [PDF]
  6. “The Animals and Plants of Singapore initiative: a ‘Pokédex’ for our local biodiversity” by ANG Yuchen (NUS) [PDF]

15 minutes Q & A

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Closing

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