Mei Lin NEO

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

Ying Shu Min Lynette


Contact email: tmsysml @

Academic history:

  • Diploma in Tourism, Temasek Polytechnic
  • BSc in Zoology, University of Otago, New Zealand

Research interests:

  • Ectoparasitic snails (Family Pyramidellidae) behaviour, temperature and salinity tolerance, larval development, and eradication methods
  • Sea urchin mariculture and larval development
  • Science communication

Profile: After 3 years in the business and management field, I made a bold decision to do what I’ve always wanted to do and stopped listening to what others around me thought I should do. I started out as a wide-eyed environmentalist, eager to work with marine mammals in rehabilitation centres and zoos, but it was through a module in the university that made me see the beauty in marine invertebrates and their research. This journey towards becoming a marine biologists were not without timely opportunities and immense amount of support.

Current project:

  • 2016 – present: Development of tropical model marine organisms culture
  • 2015 – 2016: Restocking of giant clams in Singapore

Publication List:

  • Sim DZH, ML Neo, ACF Ang, LSM Ying & PA Todd (2018) Trade-offs between defence and competition in gregarious juvenile fluted giant clams (Tridacna squamosa L.). Marine Biology 165: 103.
  • Bhargava S, SSC Lee, LSM Ying, ML Neo, SL-M Teo & S Valiyaveettil (2018) Fate of nanoplastics in marine larvae: A case study using barnacles, Amphibalanus amphitrite. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering 6(5): 6932–6940.
  • Ying, LSM (2017) Parasitic snails, Vitreobalcis sp., on white sea urchins at Cyrene Reef. Singapore Biodiversity Records 2017: 123–124.
  • Choy, C, Ying LSM, Lee SHR, Choo MS & Neo ML (2017) Zebra crab on a sea-urchin at Changi Beach. Singapore Biodiversity Records 2017: 96.
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