Talk 1: Exploring the roles of microbial communities in the marine environment by Assoc. Prof. Scott Rice, The Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, The School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

Bio: Assoc Prof Rice is the Deputy Research Director for the Microbial Biofilms cluster of The Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  He has studied adaptive responses of bacteria for more than 20 years, including stress-survival mechanisms, cell-cell signaling and biofilm development.  The primary goal of his research is to define the genetic mechanisms that bacteria use to regulate these processes whereby this information can also be used to identify new targets to exploit for the control of bacteria.  For example, we have discovered that bacteria produce and respond to the gaseous molecule, nitric oxide.  Small amounts of nitric oxide can induce bacteria to leave the biofilm, called dispersal.  Therefore, strategies are being developed to deliver nitric oxide to bacterial biofilms to control infections caused by this form of bacteria.  More recently, his work has focused on studying complex communities of microbes, where hundreds of different bacterial species may be present in the same space.  These studies are aimed at understanding the mechanisms of cooperation and competition for such communities and have implications for the control of biofilms in regard to engineered systems, e.g. microbially influenced corrosion where bacteria contribute to the dedragation of pipelines and storage systems.  He has published over 150 articles on biofilms, cell-cell signaling and biofilm control strategies.

Synopsis: Microorganisms represent the unseen majority in most habitats and yet are essential for the continued functioning of the planet. They play central roles in all biogeochemical cycles, e.g. nitrogen capture and turnover.  In addition, they form close interactions with higher organisms in their environment.  The advent of high throughput metagenomics and other technologies enable us to investigate the roles of microoganisms with unprecedented resolution.  Using these approaches, we are beginning to better define and detail the activities and functions of marine microorganisms to understand how their roles in maintaining a healthy, functional ecosystem.

Talk 2Attempting to understand the impact of biota-sediment interaction in a data-sparse, rapidly changing urban marine environment by Dr. Ooi Seng Keat, Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore

Talk 3: Understanding trace metal biogeochemistry in Singapore and the region with studies of metal concentrations, sources and bioavailability by Dr. Gonzalo Carrasco, Centre for Environmental Sensing and Modelling, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, Singapore

Bio: Dr Carrasco, a PhD in Chemical Oceanography and a trace metal chemist, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology since 2014. He is currently studying the concentrations, sources (via a study of their isotopic ratios) and bioavailability (via a quantification of their chemical species) of trace metals (Zn, Cd, Pb, Cu) in the regional marine environment. He works in rivers, coastal seawater and open ocean water around Singapore and from the Malacca Straits to the South China Sea to coastal Borneo. He has previously done studies on trace metals in coastal environments near urban areas in the Arabian Gulf, Brazil and the US East Coast as a postdoctoral researcher in MIT (2010-2014) and in open-ocean and coastal environments in the North Atlantic, the North Pacific and the Chesapeake Bay as a MS and PhD student in Old Dominion University (2007 and 2010). Results from his research, by looking at the sources of metals and organic matter in different environments, reveal the mechanisms and controls of the chemical speciation of trace metals of biological importance in different spatio-temporal scales and provide information about the connection between the chemical and the biological realms in the marine environment.

Synopsis: Trace metals can have nutritious or toxic roles for phytoplankton and marine life depending on the metal, its concentration and the bioavailability of its chemical species. Using a combination of ICP-MS and electrochemistry methods, we tracked the anthropogenic and natural sources of trace metals (Zn, Cd, Cu, Pb) in Singapore coastal waters and the surrounding region. Here, we present results that show spatio-temporal variations in concentrations and bioavailability of metals in seawater around Singapore (Singapore and Johor Straits) that were driven by natural and a variety of anthropogenic sources, specifically industrial (e.g. ship building industry) and agriculture/aquaculture sources. We compare these to results from our study transects along Malacca Straits, South China Sea and Malaysian Borneo, where natural riverine organic matter is the dominant control of metal bioavailability, as part of a larger river-to-ocean transport mechanism. Further studies and applications of our results will also be shared, including the use of coral proxies for reconstructing metal bioavailability and the characterization of responses of mangroves to metal loading.

Talk 4: Swarming technology for pervasive monitoring of the marine environment by Assoc. Prof. Roland Bouffanais, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Bio: Dr. Roland Bouffanais is an Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He received his Ph.D. from EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) in computational science for which he received the prestigious IBM Research Prize in Computational Sciences (2008) and the ERCOFTAC Da Vinci Award Silver Medal (2007). He has been a postdoctoral fellow and associate at MIT and still is a research associate with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

Bouffanais’ research group–the Applied Complexity Group–focuses on fundamental and applied interdisciplinary problems rooted in the field of complexity science. Bouffanais leads a number of active projects at SUTD related to complex networks and self-organizing systems, including swarming systems. He has recently authored a monograph titled “Design and Control of Swarm Dynamics”, published by Springer in their Complexity Series in 2016.

Synopsis: Swarm Robotics offers a promising approach to the pervasive monitoring of marine environments. Traditional monitoring techniques rely on either a single autonomous robot—autonomous surface vehicle—or a fixed network of sensors. Neither existing technology is suitable or efficacious for the robust monitoring and tracking of dynamic environmental features at the surface of aqueous environments. There is a pressing need for small, low-cost and rapidly deployable autonomous buoys. One powerful source of inspiration comes from the process of self-organization and swarming, observed throughout the natural world. We present the design, construction and testing of the largest swarm of buoys ever built. To date, we have deployed and tested a system of up to 50 units that are dynamically deployed over large surface areas of an uncontrolled open-water environment without any supporting infrastructure.

Talk 5: Marine Natural Products Research in Singapore: Innovative Technologies for Drug Discovery from Marine Microbes by Dr. Tan Lik Tong, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

Bio: Dr. Tan Lik Tong conducts research and teaches at the Natural Sciences and Science Education Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University.  He obtained his PhD in Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry at the College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University.  His PhD dissertation was on the biomedical potential of filamentous marine cyanobacteria, conducted at the laboratory of Professor William Gerwick.  He subsequently undertook Post-Doctoral research in marine microbial natural products chemistry at the laboratory of William Fenical, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California, San Diego.  His current research interests at NIE involves the use of metabolomics and genomic approaches to discover novel anti-infectives and anti-cancer agents from marine cyanobacteria as well as symbiotic microbes associated with marine invertebrates.

Synopsis: Marine microorganisms, particularly filamentous cyanobacteria and actinomycetes, are potential sources of novel secondary metabolites with therapeutic usage.  Genome sequencing of these marine microbes has revealed their capacity to produce many more unique secondary metabolites than have been characterized.  In addition, recent innovative metabolomics techniques have shown to be promising tools in the uncovering of chemical diversity as well as dereplication of natural products extracts.  The presentation will illustrate the use of integrated mass spectrometric-based molecular networking approach and genomic method in the selection of marine bacterial strains for the discovery of novel bioactive compounds.

Talk 6: Chasing crabs – 1978 to 2017 – 40 years and ending by Prof. Peter Ng, Department of Biological Sciences, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore

Bio: Professor Peter Ng Kee Lin is a world-renowned expert in aquatic biodiversity, particularly in the systematics and diversity of decapod crustacean (crabs, lobsters, prawns). His scientific contributions have firmly established NUS and Singapore as a significant regional and international centre for carcinology (study of crustaceans). His standing in the regional and international scientific research community and close links to an extensive network of regional/international colleagues and collaborators have also led to his being a key driver of/participant in various high profile multi-national collaborations and initiatives including: 1) Expedition Anambas (2002), a scientifically highly fruitful biological exploration of the Indonesian islands of Anambas and Natuna involving scientists and managers from almost all the South China Sea (SCS) states, which stemmed from the Workshop on Managing Potential Conflicts in the South China Sea; 2) various multinational research expeditions to megadiverse marine biodiversity hotspots such as the Philippines; and 3) various ASEAN and international workshops. A direct result of Prof Ng’s involvement is that Singapore is always well represented in such regional and international scientific enterprises, and the nation’s international scientific reputation is enhanced.

Mr Ahmed Aliyar
Manager (Admin)


Mr Ahmed holds a Diploma in Biotechnology (2000) with more than 8 years work experience in marine science, after which he pursued a Bachelor in Commerce (Major in Management) (2006) and career in the public sector.


At SJINML, he oversees:
– General administration and financial management
– Registration of new research users
– Research collaborations and industry liaison
– Safety management


Mr Mohamad Razali Bin Duriat
Facility Manager
Specialist Associate Grade 1 


Mr Razali holds a Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Diploma in Facilities Management.


With over 10 years experience managing the marine laboratory seawater systems and offshore lab infrastructure, he oversees facility management of SJINML. He is also Safety Coordinator. 


Mr Chan Kok Sun, Jackson
Specialist Associate
Assistant Facility Manager, Aquaria Manager


Armed with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and many years of experience and passion for aquarium systems, Mr Jackson Chan oversees SJINML’s aquaria and seawater research facilities.


He is also Assistant Facility Manager, assisting with management of SJINML’s buildings and core infrastructure, as well as daily ferry transport.


Dr Serena Teo

Current Appointment

·         Facility Director, St John’s Island Marine Laboratory (2016-)
·         Deputy Director, Tropical Marine Science Institute (2015- present)

B.Sc. (Hons, Zoology), National University of Singapore (1988); Ph.D Marine Biology, University College Swansea, Wales, UK (1992).
Research Interests:
Marine Invertebrate Larval Biology; Marine Biosecurity; Marine Antifouling; Urban Ecology
Selected Publications:
– Stafslien, Shane J., Stacy Sommer, Dean C. Webster, Rajan Bodkhe, Robert Pieper, Justin Daniels, Lyndsi Vander Wal, Maureen C. Callow, James A. Callow, Emily Ralston, Geoff Swain, Lenora Brewer, Dean Wendt, Gary H. Dickinson, Chin-Sing Lim & Serena Lay-Ming Teo (2016) Comparison of laboratory and field testing performance evaluations of siloxane-polyurethane fouling-release marine coatings. Biofouling 32:8, 949-968 (5 Aug 2016)

– Lee S C S, SLM Teo, G Lambert.  Status of knowledge of the Ascidiacea of the South China Sea”. (2016). Raffles Bulletin Zoology Special Supplement 34: 718–743

– Chan Janlin Y-C, Serina S-C Lee, Siti Zarina Zainul Rahim, Serena L-M Teo (2014). Settlement inducers for larvae of the tropical fouling serpulid, Spirobranchus kraussii (Baird, 1865) (Polychaeta: Annelida). Intenat. Biodeg. Biodet. 94: 192-199

– Yan Ting Cui, Serena LM Teo, Wai Leong, Christina LL Chai (2014). Searching for “environmentally-benign” in antifouling biocides.International Journal of Molecular Sciences: 15: 9255-9284. Green Chemistry Special issue: New Non (Limited)-Toxic Antifouling Solutions

Teo, SLM, D Rittschof, SSC Lee, GH Dickinson, C Chai, B Burkett. Functionalised Antifouling Compounds and Use Thereof. Patent Numbers: Singapore 183158 (30 Aug 2013); US 9,169,223 (27 Oct 2015); China ZL 201180016466.5 (25 Nov 2015).


Teo, SLM, D Rittschof, F Moore, C Chai, Chen C-L, SSC Lee. Antifouling compounds and Use Thereof. Patent Numbers: European, UK, Italy, Norway, Germany, Netherlands 2,294,144 (5 Mar 2014); China ZL200980125164.4 (14 May 2014)


Dr Maria Pui Yi Yung

Laboratory Manager for Environmental and Molecular Laboratory, Biosecure Aquaria Laboratory


Research Interests:

Microbiome, water treatment, microbial sensor technologies, bioactives, aquaculture.


1. Doyle LE, Yung PY, Mitra S, Wuertz S, Williams RBH, Lauro FM, Marsili E (2017, in press). Electrochemical and genomic analysis of novel electroactive isolates obtained via potentiostatic enrichment from tropical sediments. Journal of Power Sources.
2. Neoh CH, Yung PY, Noor ZZ, Razak MH, Aris A, Din MFM, Ibrahim Z (2017) Correlation between microbial community structure and performances of membrane bioreactor for treatment of palm oil mill effluent. Chemical Engineering Journal 308, 656-663.
3. Yung PY, Grasso LL, Mohidin AF, Acerbi E, Hinks J, Seviour T, Marsili E, Lauro FM (2016) Global transcriptomic responses of Escherichia coli K-12 to volatile organic compounds. Scientific Reports 6:19899.
4. Yung PY, Burke C, Lewis M, Kjelleberg S, Thomas T (2011). Novel antibacterial proteins from the microbial communities associated with the sponge Cymbastela concentrica and the green alga Ulva australis. Appl Environ Microbiol 77:1512-5. 
5. Thomas T, Rusch D, DeMaere MZ, Yung PY, Lewis M, Halpern A, Heidelberg KB, Egan S, Steinberg PD, Kjelleberg S (2010) Functional genomic signatures of sponge bacterial reveal unique and shared features of symbiosis. ISME J 4:1557-67.


Lim Lay Peng
Laboratory Manager for Plankton and Water Quality Cluster    


Research Interests:

Phytoplankton, harmful algal blooms, ballast water, marine biotoxin, water quality

i) Leong, S.C.Y., Kok, J.W.K., Lim, L.P., Kok, S.P., Taher T., Tkalich P. & Patrikalakis, N.M., 2016. Harmful Algal Blooms in Singapore marine coastal ecosystem: autonomous vehicle, optical sensors and molecular technique. Kaiyo Monthly 48: 67-76. (In Japanese) 
ii) Tan, T.H., Leaw, C.P., Leong, S.C.Y., Lim, L.P., Chew, S.M., Teng, S.T., Lim, P.T., 2016. Marine micro-phytoplankton of Singapore, with a review of harmful microalgae in the region. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 34: 78-96.
iii) Leong, S.C.Y., Lim, L.P., Chew, S.M., Kok, K.W.K., Teo, S.L.M., 2015. Three new records of dinoflagellates in Singapore’s coastal waters, with observations on environmental conditions associated with microalgal growth in Johor Straits. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 31: 24-36. 
iv) Lim, H.C., Lim, L.P., Voon, S.H., Teng, S.T., Leaw, C.P. & Lim, P.T., 2011. Rapid detection of Pseudo-nitzschia species using whole cell fluorescence in-situ hybridization (FISH). The Proceedings of the 9th Malaysia Genetics Congress (MGC9): Appreciating the Richness of Nature through Genetics, Kuching, Malaysia, 28-30th September 2011. No. O31


Wong Pei San Helen
Laboratory Manager – Marine Biodiversity


Research Interests:

Isopod and Holothuroidean taxonomy; Marine Ecology



1. Bruce, N. L., & H. P.-S. Wong, 2015. An overview of the marine Isopoda (Crustacea) of Singapore.Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Supplement No. 31: 152-168.

2. Chim, C. K., H. P.-S. Wong & K. S. Tan, 2016. Tetraclita (Crustacea: Cirripedia) tests as an important habitat for intertidal isopods and other marine and semi-terrestrial fauna on tropical rocky shores. Crustaceana, 89(9): 985-1040.

3. Ong, J. Y. & H. P.-S. Wong, 2015. Sea cucumbers (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) from the Johor Straits, Singapore. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement No. 31: 273-291.

4. Ong, J. Y., I. Wirawati & H. P.-S. Wong, 2016 (accepted). Sea cucumbers (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea) collected from the Singapore Strait. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement No. 33: 105-156.


Serina Lee Siew Chen
Laboratory Manager for Larval Culture Facility and Mass algal Root


Research Interests:

Larval culture; Antifouling; Ascidian taxonomy



1. Lee SSC, Chan YHJ, Teo SL-M and Lambert G (2016).  “State of knowledge of ascidian diversity in South China Sea and new records for Singapore”. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 34: 718–743.
2. Jiang S, Sreethawong T, Lee SSC, Low BJM, Win KY, Brzozowska AM, Teo SL-M,Vancso JG, Janczewski D and Han MY (2015). “Fabrication of Copper Nanowire Filmsand their Incorporation into Polymer Matrices for Antibacterial and Marine Antifouling Applications”. Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2(3). DOI: 10.1002/admi.201400483  


3.  Vandepas, LE, Oliveria LM, Lee SSC, Hirose E, Rocha RM and Swalla BJ (2015). “Biogeography of Phallusia nigra: Is It Really Black and White?”. Biological Bulletin, 228:152-164.


4.  Chan YH, Lee SSC, ZAINUL RAHIM SZ and Teo SL M(2014). “Settlement inducers forlarvae of the tropical fouling serpulid, Spirobranchus krausii (Baird, 1865 (Polychaeta: Annelida)”. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 94: 192-199.


5.  Lee SSC, Teo SL-M and Lambert G (2013) “New records of solitaryascidians on artificial structures in Singaporewaters”. Marine Biodiversity Records,6.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1755267213000638


Gan Bin Qi
Laboratory Manager for Histology Laboratory and Chemical Store


Research Interests:

Nematode; Polyclad; Metazoan meiofauna; Biodiversity; Taxonomy



1. Jie W, Gan BQ, Chen VY & Kuo S (2016) Pseudoceros magangensis: a new species of pseudocerotid flatworm (Platyhelminthes: Polycladida) from Taiwan. Platax, 13: 33–50.


2. Neves RC, Brand J, Gan BQ & Reichert H (2016) First time surveying meiofauna in Singapore. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement No. 34: 8–12.


3. Bolaños DM, Gan BQ & Ong RSL (2016) First records of pseudocerotid flatworms (Platyhelminthes: Polycladida: Cotylea) from Singapore: A taxonomic report with remarks on colour variation. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement No. 34: 130–169.


4. Chim CK, Ong RSL & Gan BQ (2015) Penis fencing, spawning, parental care and embryonic development in the cotylean flatworm Pseudoceros indicus (Platyhelminthes: Polycladida: Pseudocerotidae) from Singapore.


Ms Kam Pang Jen
Management Assistant Officer


Ms Kam oversees the marine lab’s general office, the go-to person for : booking of seminar room and dormitories; purchasing and getting your mail to NUS Kent Ridge; and ferry transport.


Mr Chua Sek Chuan 
Senior Manager, Education Programmes

Master in Marine Affairs, University of Miami. 
Oversees the Education Program at the marine lab, which aims to foster awareness of marine science research and environment conservation in Singapore. 




Ms. Joyce Leo
Assistant Manager (Outreach)


Joyce is part of a team of two dabbling in Education and Outreach at the marine lab, and you can often bump into her at the Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre, especially if you pop in on the weekends.


She graduated with a major in Zoology in Tasmania back in 2010 and has a great respect and passion for the Marine Sciences. Since then, she has been working in various animal organisations until she found her current job at St. John’s Island.


If you’re interested in finding out more about what we do or just want to learn more about marine science and conservation, do come by and have a chat with her!


Leong Chee Yew
Senior Research Fellow



Ph.D., Soka University, Japan (2004), M. Eng., Soka University, Japan (2001); B. A., Victoria University, New Zealand (1996)


Research interests: 

– Understanding how environmental and climate change alter aquatic communities.
– Dynamics of harmful algal bloom, and physiology of bloom-forming species 
– Marine algal toxins. 
– Bioactive natural products derived from the metabolites of marine microalgae.
– Sensing of bloom-forming species and their toxins.


Current work includes detection, monitoring and study of growth dynamics of toxic algal blooms in Singapore waters. The research team has identified several new records of bloom-forming species in
Singapore waters.


Selected Publications: 
– Leong, S.C.Y., Lim, L.P., Chew, S.M., Kok, J.W.K., Teo, S.L.M., 2015. Three new records of dinoflagellates in Singapore’s coastal waters, with observations on environmental conditions associated with microalgal growth in the Johor Straits. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 31:24-36.

– Kok, J.W.K., D.C.J. Yeo and Leong, S.C.Y., 2015. Growth and physiology responses of a tropical toxic marine microalga Heterosigma akashiwo (heterokontophyta: raphidophyceae) from Singapore waters to varying nitrogen sources and light conditions. Ocean Science Journal 50: 491-508.

– Kuwahara, V.S., Leong, S.C.Y., 2015. Spectral fluorometric characterization of phytoplankton types in the tropical coastal waters of Singapore. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 466: 1-8.

– Kok, J.W.K., and Leong, S.C.Y., 2012. Growth and physiological responses of the Singapore strain of Heterosigma to various nitrogen sources and light conditions. OCEANS 12: 1-4.

– Leong, S.C.Y., Maekawa, M. and Taguchi, S., 2010. Carbon and nitrogen acquisition by the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamarense in response to different nitrogen sources and supply mode. Harmful Algae 9: 48-58.


Tan Koh Siang
Senior Research Fellow


Tan Koh Siang is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Marine Biology and Ecology Laboratory at TMSI.


He obtained his PhD (Zoology) at the National University of Singapore in 1996 and was postdoctoral scholar at the Swire Institute of Marine Science, University of Hong Kong before joining TMSI in 1997.


His research interests focus on the systematics, biology and feeding ecology of tropical marine molluscs, with occasional forays into sponge taxonomy and seawall ecology.


Current research projects at SJINML revolve around deep-sea biodiversity assessment, biology of alien invasive mussels, and invertebrate interactions on seawall surfaces.


Dr Ow Yan Xiang
Research Fellow


Dr Ow Yan Xiang is a Research Fellow with St John Island National Marine Laboratory, Singapore. After graduating from the National University of Singapore, she joined the Tropical Marine Science Institute, NUS, to work on Singapore’s coral reefs.


To gain more insight into how marine phototrophs adapt to their environment, she did her PhD with James Cook University, Australia (2012-2015) to study the physiological responses of tropical seagrasses to declining water quality and ocean acidification at the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.


Before joining SJINML, she held a post-doctoral research fellow position with the Department of Biological Sciences, NUS. Her research interest lies in examining the mechanisms through which marine phototrophs (i.e. corals, seagrasses, algae) respond and adapt to changes to their environments.


Dr. Neo Mei Lin
Research Fellow


Dr. Neo Mei Lin is a familiar face at the St John’s Island National Marine Laboratory, having started her research work on the giant clams since 2006.


Her current research expertise lies in the mariculture of giant clams, experimental marine ecology, and marine conservation.


Mei Lin is also an advocate for science communication and to bring a voice for the conservation of giant clams. Outside of research, she actively volunteers in local conservation groups to promote marine conservation messages and educate fellow volunteers.


Dr. Jani Tanzil
Senior Research Fellow



Dec 2013: PhD in Computational Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands “Environmental controls of coral growth: data driven multi-scale analyses of rates and patterns of growth of massive Porites corals around the Thai-Malay Peninsula”

Sep 2007: MSc. Tropical Coastal Management (Distinction), Newcastle University, United Kingdom.

Nov 2003: BSc. Biology, National University of Singapore



Research Interests:

  • Understanding effects of environmental changes on corals and coral reef systems using data-driven approaches
  • Developing locally-relevant response models for corals
  • Coral geochemistry to reconstruct past coral condition/reef environment
  • Nature and causes of coral skeletal luminescent and density banding patterns
  • Resilience and connectivity within socio-ecological systems



Selected Publications:

Tanzil JTI, Ng PKA, Tey YQ, Tan HYB, Yun YE, Huang D. 2017. A preliminary characterization of Symbiodinium in common corals from Singapore. Singapore National Academy of Science journal COSMOS, doi: 10.1142/S0219607716500014

Tanzil JTI, Lee JN, Brown BE, Quax R, Kaandorp JA, Lough JA, Todd PA. 2016. Luminescence and density banding patterns in massive Porites corals around the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Southeast Asia. Limnology and Oceanography, doi: 10.1002/lno.10350

Cantarero S, Tanzil JTI, Goodkin N. 2016. Simultaneous analysis of Ba and Sr to Ca ratios in scleractinian corals by inductively coupled plasma optical emissions spectrometry. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, doi: 10.1002/lom3.10152

Guest JR, Low J, Tun K, Ng CM, Raingeard D, Cooper KE, Tanzil JTI, Todd PA, Toh TC, McDougald D, Chou LM, Steinberg PD. (2016) Coral community response to bleaching on a highly urbanised reef. Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/srep20717

Tanzil JTI, Brown BE, Dunne RP, Lee JN, Kaandorp JA, Todd PA (2013) Regional decline in growth rates of massivePorites corals in Southeast Asia. Global Change Biology 10: 3011–3023.

Tanzil JTI (2012) Bleaching susceptibility and growth characteristics of Porites lutea from the Andaman Sea, south Thailand. PMBC Research Bulletin 71: 49–56.

Tanzil JTI, Brown BE, Tudhope S, Dunne RP (2009) Decline in skeletal growth of the coral Porites lutea from the Andaman Sea, South Thailand between 1984 and 2005. Coral Reefs 28: 519 – 528

Loh TL, JTI Tanzil, LM Chou (2006) Preliminary study of community development and scleractinian recruitment on fibreglass artificial reef units in the sedimented waters of Singapore. Aquatic Conservation: Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems 16: 61 – 76


Wong Ann Kwang


Wong Ann Kwang was formally from the Singapore Police Coast Guard, and currently serves as the Captain of the research vessel Galaxea. His over 40 years of sailing experience in Singapore waters has helped to greatly contribute to the various research projects conducted onboard the vessel.


Wong Ann Kwang is also a certified MPA Port Limit Steersman with Class 6 certificate of competency and an experience MPA Port Limit engine driver/marine engineer, allowing him to not only steer the vessel, but also conduct troubleshooting and rectification works on technical errors when onboard the research vessel.


Sebastian Yeo
Field Support Officer


Sebastian Yeo serves as a Field Support Officer at the St John’s Island National Marine Lab.


Sebastian is responsible for managing the bookings for the research vessel Galaxea, collecting and compiling the necessary documents required such as the research plans, relevant permits, risk assessments and standard operating procedures relating to the various projects being carried out either onboard R/V Galaxea or on the shores of St John’s Island.


While ensuring that the various projects are being conducted safely. Sebastian is also responsible for maintaining the field equipment presently available in the St John’s Island Marine Lab.


Shariffuddin Bin Yayah
Special Associate (Marine Ops)


Shariffuddin Bin Yayah serves as a MPA port limit Class 3 engine driver and marine engineer on-board R/V Galaxea.


Shariffuddin has over 5 years experience at sea. He also holds certification as MPA port limit steersman.



Ishak Bin Nis
Operation Associate (Marine Ops)


Ishak Bin Nis has served as a deckhand on NUS’ research vessels since 1995. He is a certified PADI Dive Master since 2010, and dive safety officer on board R/V Galaxea.


He is a certified First Aider, CPR, AED and O2 provider. With over 22 years of experience, Ishak has a good work knowledge of research diving and coral reefs around Singapore waters.



Dr. Loo Poh Leong
Research Fellow


• PhD (Aquaculture Biotechnology), University of Malaya (2012)
• BSc (Biotechnology), University of Malaya (2007)

Research Interests
• Husbandry of aquatic organisms (Larviculture of finfish and shellfish, Fish breeding, Broodstock management, Coral farming)
• Live feed production (Microheterotrophs and Zooplanktons)
• Feed formulation using microorganisms grown in wastewater
• Aquaculture nutrition
• Bacterial bioremediation
• Extraction of bioactive compounds from microheterotrophs

Selected Publications
Loo P.L., Chong V.C., Vikineswary S. & Shaliza I. (2016). Waste-grown phototrophic bacterium supports culture of the rotifers, Brachionus rotundiformis. Aquaculture Research 47:3029-3041.

Loo P.L., Chong V.C., Shaliza I. & Vikineswary S. (2015). Manipulating culture conditions and feed quality to increase the survival of larval marble goby Oxyeleotris marmorata. North American Journal of Aquaculture 77:149-159.

• Loh K.H., Shao K.T., Chen C.H., Chen H.M., Amy T.Y.H., Loo P.L., Lim P.E., Chong V.C., Shen K.N. & Hsiao C.D. (2015). Complete mitochondrial genome of two moray eels of Gymnothorax formosus and Scuticaria tigrina (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae). Mitochondrial DNA. DOI: 10.3109/19401736.2015.1043530.

Loo P.L., Chong V.C. & Vikineswary S. (2013). Rhodovulum sulfidophilum, a phototrophic bacterium, grown in palm oil mill effluent improves the larval survival of marble goby Oxyeleotris marmorata (Bleeker). Aquaculture Research 44:495-507.

Loo P.L., S. Vikineswary & V.C. Chong (2013). Nutritional value and production of three species of purple non-sulphur bacteria grown in palm oil mill effluent and their application in rotifer culture. Aquaculture Nutrition 19(6): 895-907.

Loo P.L., Chong V.C. & Vikineswary S. (2012). Production of live food from palm oil mill effluent (POME) for culture of marble goby. Journal of Oil Palm Research 24:1566-1572.


Ms Priscilla Seah 
Outreach Executive

Ms Seah has an Applied Science degree in the Marine Environment (Fisheries Management) (2015) from the University of Tasmania.

She oversees the Outreach and Education programme and the Sisters’ Island Marine Park Gallery, where she combines her love for both the marine environment and public speaking to raise awareness of marine science research and conservation in Singapore.

She also oversees the daily husbandry of the aquarium tanks within the Gallery.





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