DR NEO MEI LIN
Dr. Neo Mei Lin is a familiar face at the St John’s Island National Marine Laboratory, having started her research work on the iconic giant clams since 2006. She is also a post-doctoral fellow in the Reef Ecology Laboratory at the Department of Biological Sciences, NUS.
Her current research interests include the mariculture of marine invertebrates (giant clam, sea urchin), experimental marine ecology, population genetics, and marine conservation. Mei Lin is also an advocate for science communication and to bring a voice for the conservation of under-appreciated marine invertebrates.
On top of her research, Mei Lin gives talks to various schools and organisations, as well as volunteers in local conservation groups to promote marine conservation messages and educate fellow volunteers.
Areas Of Interest
- Experimental marine ecology
- Culture of marine invertebrate species (giant clam, sea urchin)
- Invertebrate larval biology and ecology
- Population genetics and phylogeography
- Fate of microplastics in invertebrate larvae
- Marine biodiversity and conservation
- Science communication
- 2017 – present: Understanding the pathways of inorganic carbon transport in the fluted giant clams using molecular biology approach
- 2016 – present: Understanding the evolutionary history and population genetics of coral reefs in Singapore
- 2016 – present: Developing the cultures of tropical model organisms (sea urchin, polychaete worm, ascidian)
- 2016 – present: Study of the phylogeography of giant clam populations in the South China Sea and East Asia Sea
- 2015 – present: Prioritising conservation for giant clams – An trifecta assessment based on threat, phylogenetic and functional diversity
Chew SF, CZY Koh, KC Hiong, CYL Choo, WP Wong, ML Neo & YK Ip (2019) Light-enhanced expression of Carbonic Anhydrase 4-like supports shell formation in the fluted giant clam Tridacna squamosa. Gene 683: 101–112.
Bhargava S, SSC Lee, LSM Ying, ML Neo, SL-M Teo & S Valiyaveettil (2018) Fate of nanoplastics in marine larvae: A case study using barnacles, Amphibalanus amphitrite. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering 6(5): 6932–6940.
Koh CZ, KC Hiong, CY Choo, MV Boo, WP Wong, SF Chew, ML Neo & YK Ip (2018) Molecular characterization of a Dual Domain Carbonic Anhydrase from the ctenidium of the giant clam, Tridacna squamosa, and its expression levels after light exposure, cellular localization, and possible role in the uptake of exogenous inorganic carbon. Frontiers in Physiology 9: 281.
Lyons Y, D Cheong, ML Neo & HF Wong (2018) Managing Giant Clams in the South China Sea. The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 33: 1–28. DOI: 10.1163/15718085-13301048
Neo ML, L-L Liu, D Huang & K Soong (2018) Thriving populations with low genetic diversity in giant clam species, Tridacna maxima and T. noae, at Dongsha Atoll, South China Sea. Regional Studies in Marine Science 24: 278–287.
Neo ML & JKY Low (2018) First observations of Tridacna noae (Röding, 1798) (Bivalvia: Heterodonta: Cardiidae) in Christmas Island (Indian Ocean). Marine Biodiversity 48: 2183–2185.
Sim DZH, ML Neo, ACF Ang, LSM Ying & PA Todd (2018) Trade-offs between defence and competition in gregarious juvenile fluted giant clams (Tridacna squamosa L.). Marine Biology 165: 103.
Wainwright BJ, YCA Ip, ML Neo, JJM Chang, CZ Gan, N Clark-Shen, D Huang & M Rao (2018) DNA barcoding of traded shark fins, meat and mobulid gill plates in Singapore uncovers numerous threatened species. Conservation Genetics 19(6): 1393–1399.
Neo ML, CCC Wabnitz, RD Braley, GA Heslinga, C Fauvelot, S Van Wynsberge, S Andréfouët, C Waters, AS-H Tan, ED Gomez, MJ Costello & PA Todd (2017) Chapter 4. Giant clams (Bivalvia: Cardiidae: Tridacninae): A comprehensive update of species and their distribution, current threats and conservation status. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review, Volume 55. Pp. 87–388.
Selected Media Stories
- The Super Charmed Life, 21 Oct 2018: “Why the Giant Clam Story is Worth Telling”
- Underwater360, Apr 2018: “101 Outstanding People In Asia’s Dive Industry: Scientists”
- Epicure Asia, Mar 2018: Frequent Flyer “Marine Fanatic”
- The Singapore Women’s Weekly, 2 Jan 2018: “The stories of these women will motivate you and give you the power to take on 2018”
- Asian Scientist, 27 Sep 2017: Features “Taking TED to champion the cause of clams (Video)”