DR OW YAN XIANG
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.
Area Of Interest
- Marine physiology
- Marine macrophytes
- Coastal ecology
- Ocean acidification
- NParks’ seagrass project “Assessing the resilience and restoration potential of seagrass beds in Singapore” – Post Doc
Marine phototrophs live in an environment that is changing, both on a global scale (climate change) and on a local scale (water quality). My research has shown that tropical seagrasses are able to increase productivity as the ocean becomes warmer and more acidic, but declining water quality can threaten their ability to do so.
Together with the Experimental Marine Ecology Lab in National University of Singapore, I am currently assessing the environmental and biological contributors to the resilience of Singapore’s seagrass beds. I am interested to continue exploring the finer mechanisms through which marine phototrophs respond to changes to their environments.