Seminar by Ms Lee Yen Ling
Research Assistant, Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore
Date: Friday, 7 February 2020
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Venue: SJINML Seminar Room
About the Talk:
In Chinese zodiac mythology, the Heavenly Jade Emperor called for a race for all animals. The quickest 12 animals to reach the Heavenly Gate were elected to be the guards for the Emperor. In this race, the quick-witted rat came in first place! In the scientific reality of 1758, a slow-moving sea mouse became the one of the first marine polychaetes to be named under the Linnean binomial nomenclature. Rats and mice usually elicit either admiration from us or squeals of disgust. What about a sea mouse that is actually a worm? Come find out for yourself!
About the speaker:
Yen-Ling’s foray into the realm of polychaete research began upon joining the Marine Biology and Ecology Laboratory in the Tropical Marine Science Institute. Her involvement in the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey of Singapore opened up a wealth of opportunities for her to explore the natural history of local polychaete species. Currently, Yen-Ling’s main research foci includes seawall and benthic ecology, as well as nereidid taxonomy. Prior research training in stem cells, molecular work, and virology has enabled Yen-Ling to appreciate the biological world equally through both macro- and micro-lenses.