QE: BIO-ASSESSMENT OF SINGAPORE’S FRESHWATER ENVIRONMENTS WITH MOLECULAR TOOLS (Bilgenur Baloglu, 17 June, 10am)

Department of Biological Sciences, NUS
Qualifying Examination

BIO-ASSESSMENT OF SINGAPORE’S FRESHWATER ENVIRONMENTS WITH MOLECULAR TOOLS
Speaker:         Bilgenur Baloglu (Graduate Student, Dept. of Biological Sciences, NUS)
Date:            17 June 2015, Wednesday
Time:            10am
Venue:          DBS Meeting Room (S3 #05-01, in General office)
Supervisor:   Prof Meier, Rudolf

Abstract: –

The destruction and modification of natural habitats by humans have profound consequences on biodiversity. Understanding what fauna and flora are present in a particular habitat is fundamental to identifying and ultimately halting the biodiversity loss. However, knowledge on fauna and flora in many habitats is incomplete, especially for tropical regions  and invertebrates.

The aim of my PhD project is to improve our knowledge of the biodiversity in freshwater environments of Singapore. Emphasis is placed on non-biting midges (Diptera: Chironomidae) of which a few species are known to cause nuisance (Armitage et al., 1995) while other species are important biological indicators (Nicacio & Juen, 2015). By utilizing NGS techniques, this project aims to identify the community structure of midges in reservoirs, investigate the community structure of the midge fauna found in natural and man-made habitats, as well as to characterize potential bio-indicators for water quality. My study will improve our current knowledge of Singapore’s freshwater systems by moving from genus- and family-level identifications of macro-invertebrates to species-level resolution.

 

All are welcome

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Registration for LSM4263 Field Studies in Biodiversity EXTENDED till 8 June 2015

Dear students,

Registration has been extended for LSM4263 – Field Studies in Biodiversity, Special Term IV!

This 4MC-module will be conducted in Semester IV, AY2014/2015. Class begins 23 June 2015, Tuesday, and ends 30 July 2015, Thursday. A more detailed timetable will be made available later.

To qualify, students must be:
– LSM majors specializing in Environmental Biology (EVB), OR from the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) programme
– continuing into their Honors year in AY2015/2016
– possess a CAP of 3.2 or above;
– expected to cover part of the module cost (not amounting more than S$400).

The field trip to Pulau Tioman is scheduled to be on 9 July 2015, Thursday, to 15 July 2015, Wednesday. Local accommodation will be at Paya Beach Resort.

Local students’ enrolment is limited to a maximum of 30 students. Non-EVB specialists are welcome to apply as well, though priority may be given to students with LSM2251 Ecology and the Environment.

To register, please complete the form below. Registration ends on 8th Jun 2015 (Fri), 12:00 pm .

The list of successful applicants will be announced after the release of final examination results.

Best wishes,
Life Sciences Undergraduate Program Committee
http://www.lifesciences.nus.edu.sg