Saturday, 29th June 2019
8.30am – 4.30pm
University Town Auditorium 1, National University of Singapore
About the Symposium:
In today’s uncertain world, Young People Are Leading the Way on Climate Change!
The Young Marine Scientist Symposium (YMSS) is organized by St John’s Island National Marine Laboratory, under the auspices of the National Research Foundation’s Marine Science R&D Program (MSRDP) as a platform for our students to share their research findings and aspirations for the marine environment. YMSS will be the first marine science student symposium open to students from all institutions across Singapore.
The oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and regulates the weather and climate of our planet. Recognising our youth as custodians of our environment, YMSS encourages young people to consider ocean science as a career of choice, empowering the societal changes needed for the long term sustainability of our planet.
YMSS welcomes presentations from students conducting marine science research in Singapore. These include students funded under the “Explore” programme of the MSRDP, student researchers and interns of MSRDP projects and students from partner institutions across Singapore. Through YMSS, we hope that our students not only gain experience as young scientists but build strong networks with peers and seniors, and through the camaraderie of the community, receive the support and encouragement to further pursue a career in marine environment science.
For this first YMSS, we are privileged to partner the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum to launch a new book on Coral Reefs from the Private Lives series, edited by eminent local marine biologists, Prof Chou Loke Ming, Dr Huang Danwei, Dr Karenne Tun, Dr Zeehan Jaafar and Dr Toh Tai Chong. In addition, the Singapore Institute of Biology will join the event as part of their 45th Anniversary celebration. SIBiol will be sponsoring three book prizes for the best student presentations.
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Trait-based approaches: alternative strategies seeking the information hidden behind coral cover
Dr Kuo Chao-Yang
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
One of the major goals of ecology is to identify metrics of assemblage structure that are easy to obtain and that enable accurate predictions of how assemblages respond to disturbances and environmental change. Although these approaches have successfully described assemblages with few constituent species, they have rarely provided useful metrics for speciose communities, such as coral assemblages. On coral reef ecology, coral abundance, such as the coral cover or coral colony abundance, have been used as the most popular index to evaluate the status of coral assemblages and to describe the long-term dynamic patterns. However, this index ignores the variety of behaviour in response to environmental disturbance and stress among coral species. This might cause a lack of sufficient information for management purposes. Here, a long-term monitoring dataset was used to explore the dynamic of coral species traits in response to multiple disturbance as the alternative strategy to seek the information hidden behind coral abundance. The result does provide extra information which cannot be seen using coral abundance index but useful to understand the long-term dynamics and to predict the future of coral assemblages.
About the speaker
Dr. Chao-Yang grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. He first encountered coral reefs during a marine biology summer camp in his freshman year and fell in love with this diverse ecosystem. He completed his BSc in the Department of Marine Resources at National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU), followed by a MSc at the Institute of Marine Biology at NSYSU and National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA) with Prof. Tung-Yung Fan, which was how he got involved in the long-term ecological research program (LTER) in Kenting National Park, Taiwan. Chao-Yang kept monitoring the coral reefs in Kenting while working as a research assistant for Prof. Chaolun Allen Chen (Academia Sinica) until he went to Australia to work with Prof. Andrew Baird (James Cook University) and Dr. Joshua Madin (Macquarie University) before starting his PhD. Based his experience of working on the LTER, his PhD research moved one-step forward and focused on energy allocation and adaptive strategies of scleractinian corals under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Baird, Prof. Morgan Pratchett and Prof. Terry Hughes. Now he is a postdoctoral research associate in the Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. With the trait-based approaches developed through his PhD, he is currently exploring the information hidden behind coral cover, the most popular index used to evaluate the status of coral assemblages, to have a better understanding of the long-term dynamic of coral assemblages.
Dr Serena Teo
Dr Jani Tanzil
|9:30am–10:00am||Introduction to Private Lives book series by Prof Peter Ng, Head, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore
Launch of Private Lives – Coral Reefs
Presentation by authors
Viewing of MSRDP research posters
|10:30am–12:15pm||Student Presentations Session 1
OP1.1 Understanding the Growth and Physiology of Heliopora coerulea
OP1.2 A Next-Generation Sequencing approach to study coral-macroalgal interactions and implications on coral resilience
OP1.3 Effect of short-term heat stress on Halophila ovalis
OP1.4 Effects of temperature and salinity on the survival and growth of three ecologically important snail species in Singapore
OP1.5 A comparative study of cellular and biochemical responses of intertidal gastropods at East Coast Park, Berlayer Creek and St John’s Island to stress by heat and exposure
OP1.6 Imposex in muricid gastropods (Mollusca, Neogastropoda, Muricidae) in Singapore a decade after a worldwide ban of tributyltin use in anti-fouling paint
OP1.7 Do native predators feed on the recently introduced American mussel Mytella strigata (Hanley, 1843) in Singapore?
Viewing of MSRDP project posters
|1:00pm–1:45pm||Keynote Lecture: “Trait-based approaches: the alternative strategies seeking the information hidden behind coral cover“ by Dr Kuo Chao-Yang, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.|
|1:45pm–3:30pm||Student Presentations Session 2
OP2.1 Deep-sea spider crabs of the families Epialtidae MacLeay, 1838, from Papua New Guinea, with a redefinition of Tunepugettia Ng, Komai & Sato, 2017, and descriptions of two new genera (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Majoidea)
OP2.2 Assessing the identities of Heterometra-like feather stars (Echinodermata: Crinoidea: Himerometridae) in Singapore based on morphological and molecular data
OP2.3 Tropical marine cyanobacteria in coastal waters
OP2.4 Isolation and genomic characterization of phytoplankton viruses in Singapore waters
OP2.5 Seagrass connectivity in Singapore
OP2.6 Enhancing our coastal defence structures through coral transplantation
OP2.7 Assessment of abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear in Singapore
Dr Serina Rahman, Moderator; Visiting Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore
Dr Kuo Chao-Yang, Postdoctoral Scholar, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Dr Toh Tai Chong, Director (Academic Affairs), Lecturer, College of Peter and Alice Tan, NUS; Editor of Private Lives – Coral Reefs
Dr Tan Lik Tong, Senior Lecturer, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Ms Samantha Lai, PhD Student, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore
Dr Karenne Tun, SIBiol Past President, Director (Coastal and Marine), National Parks Board, Singapore
|4:15pm–4:30pm||Presentation of Book Prizes
Dr Jani Tanzil
President, The Singapore Institute of BiologyClosing address
Dr Tan Lik Tong
Organiser and Principal Investigator of MSRDP Explore Programme
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Guidelines for Abstract Submission and Presentations
Students from the “Explore” programme and MSRDP projects are invited to submit an abstract to present at the symposium. Abstracts should consist of no more than 250 words and sent to Ms Priscilla Seah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome both oral and poster presentations. Please indicate your preference in the submission. Each oral presentation should take no more than 10 minutes with 5 mins of Q&A. Posters should be of portrait orientation in A1 size.