Marine Ecologist | Science Communicator | TED Fellow | WEF Young Scientist
Email: tmsnml @ nus.edu.sg
Educational background: Ph.D. (Marine Ecology, National University of Singapore)
Profile: I am a marine ecologist 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 marine 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, the L’Oréal For Women in Science National Fellowship in 2015, and the NUS Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2017. 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. 🙂