Department of Biological Sciences, NUS
Functional characterisation of coral species for enhancing reef restoration
Speaker: Ng Chin Soon Lionel (Graduate Student, Dept. of Biological Sciences, NUS)
Date: 23 April 2018, Monday
Venue: DBS Conference room (S3 Level 5)
Supervisor: Asst Prof Huang Danwei
Co-Supervisor: Prof Chou Loke Ming
Abstract: – The global decline of coral reefs has necessitated active management strategies in the form of restoration and rehabilitation. Despite the emphasis on reinstating taxonomic diversity on degraded reefs, there is limited understanding on how such actions and the species used collectively contribute to reef ecosystem functioning. This could be addressed by adopting a trait-based approach to reef restoration, but this is hampered by a general paucity of available information on coral traits.
My thesis focuses on characterising the functional traits of reef stony corals to prioritise species for the rehabilitation of Singapore’s degraded reefs. Broadly, I aim to: 1) establish species distributions across Singapore’s coral habitats, 2) investigate species responses to bleaching, 3) quantify coral growth rate and skeletal density, and 4) examine stakeholder inputs towards reef restoration. The data obtained will be incorporated into a decision-making framework so that relevant and effective restoration strategies can be formulated.
The research is expected to enhance coral reef management in Singapore, and is applicable to other coastal cities seeking to optimise their habitat rehabilitation strategies.
All are welcome