Mon 20 Jul 2009: 5.00pm – Stuart Pimm on “Saving Biodiversity”

The Biodiversity and Ecology Journal Club invites you to:

“Saving Biodiversity”

A seminar by

Professor Stuart L. Pimm
Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology
Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
Duke University

Monday, 20th July 2009: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: DBS Conference Room, Blk S3 Level 5 (Map)
Host: Dr. Navjot Sodhi

About the speaker:
Stuart Pimm became a conservation biologist watching species become extinct in Hawai’i in the 1970s. That experience lead to his commitment to study the scientific issues behind the global loss of biological diversity. Pimm has written over 200 scientific papers including three review articles in Nature and Science and four books including “The Balance of Nature?” and “The World According to Pimm: a scientist audits the Earth”.

His research covers the reasons why species become extinct, how fast they do so, the global patterns of habitat loss and species extinction, the role of introduced species in causing extinction and, importantly, the management consequences of this research. His commitment to the interface between science and policy has lead to his testimony in the US government to both House and Senate Committees on the re-authorization of the Endangered Species Act.

His current work includes studies of endangered species and ecosystem restoration in the Florida Everglades, and setting priorities for protected areas in the Atlantic Coast forest of Brazil (one of the world’s “hotspots” for threatened species. His awards include a Pew Scholarship for Conservation and the Environment (in 1993) and an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship (in 1999). The Institute of Scientific Information recognized him in 2002 as being one of the world’s most highly cited scientists. In 2004, Pimm was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

More information on his research on species preservation and conservation can be found at

NEW Scholar, Old Photo

NEW Scholar, Low E-wen

Photo credit: MEWR

Low E-wen, the guardian of the water you drink.

This photo (widely circulated to undergraduates to hawk the NEW scholarship), she claims, was taken “a long time ago – before her wedding” ca. 2006.

These days, the proud mother of Zac can be spotted with red streaks in her hair and wolfing down ice-cream straight from the tub.

Of Mouse Deer and Men

All Ecolab students are supposed to give a talk about their work at some point so that it is does not simply gather dust after publication. The mudskipper folk from 2008/9 did their bit at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve earlier in May this year and now it is the turn of the Leopard cat-man. And what is he talking about? Mouse deer of course!

See the NParks webpage for registration (Fri 24 Jul 2009: 12.00pm – 12.45pm). and Ria Tan’s Wild Shores of Singapore blog for background links which also serves as a demonstration on how to present a seminar announcement!

Photo by Chan Kwok Wai