Mei Lin Neo

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


Research Competency

  • Giant clams (Bivalvia: Tridacninae)
  • Experimental marine ecology
  • Culture of marine invertebrate species
  • Invertebrate larval biology and ecology
  • Population genetics and phylogeography
  • Fate of microplastics in invertebrate larvae
  • Marine biodiversity and conservation
  • Science communication

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Research projects

  • 2016 – ongoing: Understanding the evolutionary history and population genetics of coral reefs in Singapore
  • 2016 – ongoing: Developing the cultures of tropical model organisms (sea urchin, polychaete worm, ascidian)
  • 2015 – ongoing: Prioritising the conservation for giant clams – An trifecta assessment based on threat, phylogenetic and functional diversity
  • 2017 – 2019: Understanding the pathways of inorganic carbon transport in the fluted giant clams using molecular biology approach
  • 2016 – 2018: Study of the phylogeography of giant clam populations in the South China Sea and East Asia Sea
  • 2011-2012, 2013 – 2018: Restocking of giant clams in Singapore


Research Team

2017-2018: Ms. Ying Shu Min Lynette, Research Assistant, TMSI

2018-2019: Ms. Pavarne Shantti Sivalingam VM, Research Assistant, TMSI

Research Collaborators (Local)

Dr. Peter Alan Todd, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, NUS

Dr. Serena Teo, Senior Research Fellow, St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory, NUS

Dr. Huang Danwei, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, NUS

Associate Prof. Suresh Valiyaveettil, Mr. Samarth Bhargava, Mr Yip Yong Jie, Department of Chemistry, NUS

Ms. Youna Lyons, Ms. Denise Cheong, Ms. Wong Hiu Fung, Centre for International Law, NUS

Research Collaborators (International)

Emeritus Prof. Edgardo D. Gomez, Dr. Patrick Cabaitan, The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines

Associate Prof. Tan Shau Hwai Aileen, School of Biological Sciences, University of Science Malaysia, Malaysia

Associate Prof. Lim Po Teen, Dr. Leaw Chui Pin, Bachok Marine Research Station, Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Prof. Soong Keryea, Prof. Liu Li-Lian, Institute of Marine Biology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan

Associate Prof. James Davis Reimer, MISE, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan

Prof. Yu Ziniu, Dr. Zhang Yuehuan, South China Sea Institute of Oceanography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

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