DR TAN KOH SIANG
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
Dr Tan Koh Siang is a Senior Research Fellow and the Head of the Marine Biology and Ecology Laboratory at the Tropical Marine Science Institute (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.
Areas 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 Technology and Innovation
- 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.
Kang, D.-R., Tan, K.S. & Liu, L.L. (2018) Egg-collar morphology and identity of nine species of Naticidae (Gastropoda) in Taiwan, with an assessment of their phylogenetic relationships. Journal of Molluscan Studies 84: 354–378.
Tan, K.S. & Tay, T.S. (2018) The invasive bivalve Mytilopsis sallei (Bivalvia: Dreissenidae): a short review. ASEAN Journal on Science & Technology for Development 35: 133–139.
Lim, C.S. & Tan, K.S. (2018) Challenges in managing marine bio-invasions via shipping in Singapore. ASEAN Journal on Science & Technology for Development 35: 125–132.
Lim, J.Y., Tay, T.S., Lim, C.S., Lee, S.S.C., Teo, S.L.M. & Tan K.S. (2018) Mytella strigata (Bivalvia: Mytilidae): An alien mussel recently introduced to Singapore and spreading rapidly. Molluscan Research 38: 170–186.
Lim S.C., Wiklund H., Glover A.G., Dahlgren T.G. & Tan K.S. (2017) A new genus and species of abyssal sponge commonly encrusting polymetallic nodules in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, East Pacific Ocean. Systematics and Biodiversity 2017: 1–13.
Tan, K.S., Acerbi, E. and Lauro, F. (2016) Marine habitats and biodiversity of Singapore’s coastal waters: A review. Regional Studies in Marine Science 8: 340–352.
Chim C.K., Wong, H.P.S. and Tan K.S. (2016) Tetraclita (Cirripedia, Thoracica) tests as an important habitat for intertidal isopods and other marine and semi-terrestrial fauna on tropical rocky shores. Crustaceana 89(9): 985–1040.
Lim, S.C. and Tan, K.S. (2016) Description of a new species of sponge encrusting on a sessile gastropod in the Singapore Strait. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 34: 97–103.
Ng, L.C.S., Lim, S.C., Ong, J.Y., Teo, S.L.M., Chou, L.M., Chua, K.E., and Tan K.S. (2015) Enhancing the biodiversity of coastal defense structures: transplantation of nursery-reared reef biota onto intertidal seawalls. Ecological Engineering 82: 480–486.
Choo, L.M., Choo L.Q. and Tan K.S. (2014) The origin and formation of hair on external valve surfaces of the tropical marine mussel Modiolus traillii (Reeve, 1857). Journal of Molluscan Studies 80: 111–116.