DR 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.
Area Of Interest
- Biodiversity and systematics of tropical mussels (Bivalvia: Mytilidae)
- Biology of marine invasive bivalves
- Biodiversity and feeding ecology of predatory marine gastropods
- Deep-sea biodiversity in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, East Pacific Ocean
- Seawall ecology
- Ocean Mineral Singapore and Keppel Offshore and Marine Technology Centre; Housing and Development Board.
Together with colleagues from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and National Parks Board, we successfully completed the five-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS) in 2016, which included the publication of the proceedings of two international workshops based in the Johor and Singapore Straits in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Three volumes in two supplements, comprising some 54 original papers, have described some 24 marine invertebrate species new to science and documented more than 260 new records for Singapore. These efforts are in line with a long-term objective to establish a reliable and robust biodiversity baseline in a constantly changing coastal environment.
My current research projects include deep-sea biodiversity assessment of the Singapore claim area in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, eastern Pacific Ocean, biology of native and introduced mussels, and invertebrate interactions on seawall surfaces.