First and foremost, thank you to my collaborators, Professor LIM Po Teen, Dr LEAW Chui Pin, and Professor Aileen TAN, as well as the Malaysia Marine Park for supporting our field research to survey the giant clam populations in the Perhentian Islands, Terengganu! Also, thanks to L’Oréal Singapore For Women in Science National Fellowship for supporting my research! 🙂
Throwback to TEDxSingapore Salon Event last month at Collision 8! It was their first ever live broadcast via FaceBook Live! In this interview, I shared my first time experience at TED2017, my journey as a TED Fellow, and my work life as a marine biologist. You can catch my interview with Gillian (TEDxSingapore curator) by clicking on the video below! 🙂
It’s been almost 20 days since I had stood on the TED stage and gave one of my best talks so far (I kid you not!). Now that I have given my talk, I had spent the last 20 days thinking about my experience as a TED Fellow in the programme, and how meeting other Fellows has helped me figure out some things in my life.
Today’s the DAY! And by the time you read this post, I should be getting ready to give my TED talk at the conference! 😀 In my 5-minute comprehensive TED talk, my idea worth sharing is that giant clams are ecologically important to coral reefs, and we need to save them! For my final part, I will describe the numerous Ecological Roles that giant clams play on the coral reefs, and why we should care about conserving them!
Counting down, and it’s less than 10 days to the TED conference! 😀 For the third part of this series, let me shed light on the Laws & Legislations that exist to protect giant clam resources.
Phew! Time seems to have flown by more quickly, and I finally have some quiet time to write the second part of my conservation of giant clams post series… My days are now split into two halves: my day job as a researcher and my ‘night’ job as a TED Fellow – hahaha! So here we are, and today’s topic is Population Genetics.
As I begin to prepare for my TED talk (more fervently now as the I count down to the conference!), I chanced upon a science communications talk organised by the NUSLibraries. It was part of a series of workshop called Researcher Unbound, which aims to help get researchers of all levels on-board. And of course, I’ve been a ‘fan’ of the speaker given that she has been very outspoken on her journey to promoting science communication in Asia – Assistant Professor Juliana Chan. 😀 Dr Juliana is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Scientist Magazine!
I like to share what I’ve learnt from her presentation, and my own experience with science communication. And why I strong encourage everyone to give it a try – one form or another! 🙂 Continue reading “Scientists communicating science”
For the past year, I have had numerous opportunities to speak about the conservation of giant clams. Here, I decided to write a four-part series about the conservation issues surrounding giant clams to commemorate my TED talk in April 2017! For the first post in this series, I shall share the history of giant clam mariculture and explore some of the country case studies in implementing it as a conservation solution.
I’m a little late in sharing the wonderful news, but I am thoroughly thrilled to be selected as a TED Fellow to take the stage at TED2017 this coming April in Vancouver, BC! Together with myself, there are 14 other aspiring young innovators from four continents, who will also deliver their talks on the TED stage.
I wish to send a big thank you to the TED Team, my colleagues and friends for their heartiest support and well-wishes on my Fellowship. I am highly encouraged to know that I will have the opportunity to present my ideas and work on such a great platform!
I have also been asked: What is my motivation on applying to be a TED Fellow? What do I hope to accomplish as a Fellow in the upcoming year? So here are some of my thoughts about what becoming a TED Fellow means to me… 🙂 Continue reading “2017 class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows”
News have surfaced from within China that Hainan has now put a widespread ban on the sale of giant clam shells, particularly those found in Tanmen Village. Articles report that as of 1 January 2017, Hainan Island began the ban of sale, purchase, and use of corals, giant clams and other handicraft. (See Chinese article here)
In 2013, the local government (presumably Hainan) strongly supported the trade of giant clam shells, making it a pillar industry in Tanmen Village and provided work for thousands living in the village. However, in 2015, within a short span of 2 years, the support of the industry has turned to prohibition, and finally a total ban. (Translated materials)
On 30 November 2016, the Hainan Provincial Counsel passed the bill of “Hainan’s Coral and Giant Clam Protection Regulations”, which states the ban beginning 1 January 2017. Since the ban, the shops have reportedly removed the items and stopped selling giant clam shell products, whilst others have ‘closed down’. It is estimated that the ban will cause the loss of livelihoods of almost 10,000 people. (Translated materials) Continue reading “Hainan bans the sale of giant clams”