Mei Lin Neo

Marine Ecologist | Science Communicator | TED Fellow | WEF Young Scientist | Mothers in Science

Outreach

The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.” ~ Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace

Since I was young, I’ve always had an affinity with Nature. My parents would take my brother and I to visit various nooks and crannies around Singapore, especially the coastlines. Eventually, I found my way to a career in environmental science, cemented by my first visit to Singapore’s marine station and meeting with local marine biologists. With a rich marine life just a stone throw away from my home, I wanted to tell Singaporeans about the wonderful critter neighbours that’s living so close to us. I started to ‘tell stories’ about 10 years ago in the form of a nature blog. It was meant as a platform for me to share about marine life and marine science research in Singapore.

Communicating environmental issues have been a challenge, as the problems aren’t always directly affecting people. Despite this, I continued to trudge on this path – for the more scepticism I met, the more determined I am to speak up for the environment and change their mindsets. I began to practice science writing and communication – it wasn’t easy at first, where I spent hours researching the materials, fine-tuning my sentences, and reading out loud to make sure it easy to understand!

Even though science communication and public engagement are atypical tasks for a scientist, I learnt that by being approachable and willing to share help me connect with the general audience easily. Through this engagement, I hope to influence them to change their mindsets, behaviour and actions with respect to the ongoing environmental crisis.

I remain hopeful that my individual efforts will pay off, as I see how my work have translated to many layers in civil society, such as bringing science to the masses via my blog, inspiring my students to become advocates of good science, as well as having the opportunity to speak to our government officials about the work we do for the marine environment. 🙂


Communications

Organisations

Writings

Videos

TED: TED Fellow “The Fascinating Secret Lives of Giant Clams

World Economic Forum: “The Big Picture on Oceans

TEDxACSIndependent: “The unsung heroes of the seas

University of British Columbia, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries: “Conservation Research of Giant Clams

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