About Me


Credits: NUS Faculty of Science.

NEO MEI LIN, Ph.D. (Marine Ecology, NUS)

Research Fellow | Marine Biologist | WEF Young Scientist | TED Fellow

St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory

Tropical Marine Science Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore

Email: tmsnml @ nus.edu.sg

Profile: I am a marine biologist working at the St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory. I had graduated from NUS with a B.Sc. in Life Sciences (2009) and Ph.D. in Marine Ecology (2013). While pursuing my degrees, I became inspired by the many local conservation workers, and took a strong interest in marine conservation issues. Through my research projects, I found my favourite marine animal, the giant clams. My passion to save the giant clams led to the genesis of two restocking programmes in Singapore, with the aim to breed and raise young clams for putting back onto our reefs. I am working towards combining conservation research and science communication to promote the preservation of marine biodiversity both locally and regionally.

I am a recipient of the World Future Foundation Ph.D. Prize in 2014 and the L’Oréal For Women in Science National Fellowship in 2015. I was also selected as the only Singaporean TED Fellow for the Class of 2017, and gave my TED talk in Vancouver, Canada last April 2017! When not doing research, I actively volunteer with TeamSeagrass and Reef Friends to promote marine conservation and educate fellow volunteers. During my free time, I am an avid diver and photographer. 🙂

Research Interests:

  • Giant clams (Bivalvia: Tridacninae)
  • Experimental marine ecology
  • Invertebrate larval biology and ecology
  • Marine biodiversity and conservation
  • Science communications

Work collage

Current projects:

  • 2011-2012, 2013 – 2018: Restocking of giant clams in Singapore
  • 2015 – present: Prioritising conservation for giant clams – An trifecta assessment based on threat, phylogenetic and functional diversity
  • 2016 – present: Phylogeography of giant clam populations in the South China Sea and East Asia Sea
  • 2016 – present: Development of model organism cultures (sea urchin, polychaete worm, ascidian)
  • 2016 – present: Evolutionary history and population genetics of coral reefs in Singapore
  • 2017 – present: Molecular biology of inorganic carbon transport in the fluted giant clams



6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Dr. Neo,

    I recently heard your TED Talk and enjoyed it immensely. I am a graduate student with the University of Cincinnati studying professional writing. If you are available at all in the coming weeks, I would like to interview you for an article I am writing on giant clams. If you’re interested, please let me know and we can continue this conversation via email or Skype.

    Stacha Yundt

    1. Dear Stacha,

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m happy to hear that you liked my talk. Yes, of course – I’m happy to connect with you via email and let’s take the conversation from there? See if it’s possible for Skype (may have time differences). My email is listed on my page.

      Mei Lin

  2. Just saw your TED talk – I love how much you love giant clams! 😀

    Hopefully your restocking attempts prove successful. I’m off to read as much as I can about giant clams now 🙂

  3. Dear Dr Neo,

    On behalf of ITE, we would like to invite you to be one of our speaker for our Eco Conference on 16 October 2014 held at ITE College West. It would be a 20 minutes presentation on your Marine Life Park at Sisters Island sharing. At the end of the conference, there would be a panel discussion.

    Please email your response to me at sharon_yeo@ite.edu.sg. I am contactable at 64111239.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you.
    Sharon Yeo

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