Thu, 24 Apr 2014, 3.00pm @ CR1: The giant jellyfish (Nemopilema nomurai) blooms in the East Asian Marginal Seas



Thu, 17 Apr 2014, 3.00pm @ CR1: Zarina Zainul on “The Early Biofilm Community of Antifouling Surfaces in Static and Shear Conditions”

ZarinaQualifying Examination

The Early Biofilm Community of Antifouling Surfaces in Static and Shear Conditions

Zarina Zainul  

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014: 3.00pm

Graduate Student
Dept. of Biological Sciences, NUS

@ DBS Conference Room, S3 Level 5
Supervisor: Asst Prof Peter Alan, Todd

All are welcome


“The process of marine fouling upon submerged surfaces usually begins with the formation of a microorganismal biofilm ‘slime’ that has been shown to influence the subsequent development of macrofouling communities, including algae and invertebrates. This study seeks to understand the relationships between microbial components in slime communities that develop on man-made surfaces. The focus will be on biofilms formed on marine antifouling coatings as unlike natural surfaces, these materials have been chemically defined and are economically important.

Copper-based paint is the most commonly used antifouling strategy for the shipping industry, but in recent years there has been a move towards non-biocidal materials featuring a variety of foul-release and anti-fouling surface chemistries and microtopographies.  This project will observe the development of the early biofilm community upon these surfaces in both static and shear conditions, the effect of diatom Halamphora coffeaeformis on biofilm development, and the subsequent interaction between these biofilms and settlement of model fouling organisms – barnacle Amphibalanus amphitrite and tubeworm Spirobranchus kraussii  – with and without the presence of H. coffeaeformis.”

Undergrad part-time lab assistants wanted (April-Dec 2014)

Update: Positions have been filled as of 16 May 2014. Thanks for applying!

Two or more part-time assistant(s) are required for sample processing (cell counting) from April to Dec 2014.

PUB: Local Catchment Water

Project description: Sampling and experimental work on toxic cyanobacteria isolated form Singapore’s reservoirs.

Job Scope

  1. Sample processing (cell counting) of samples collected from previous experiments


Candidates should be:

  1. Meticulous and careful with samples.
  2. Be able work over the semester break and on weekends to complete sample counting.
  3. Knowledgeable in use of compound microscopes and cell counting but not necessary as training will be provided.




Please contact Maxine Mowe, Graduate student, Freshwater and Invasion Biology Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore. or call 6516-4255.

Climate Change Adaptation: Aquatic Invasives and Coastal Restoration Symposium, 26-27 February 2014

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the organising committee from NUS, TMSI, and NParks, we wish to invite you to join us for:

Climate Change Adaptation: Aquatic Invasives and Coastal Restoration Symposium

Date: Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th February 2014
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm (Registration on the first day, 26 February, at 8:30am)
Venue: Botany Centre Function Hall, Singapore Botanic Gardens (entrance near Gleneagles Hospital)

Climate change Adaptation

Overview: Climate change is predicted to have multiple impacts on the aquatic environment. Two areas of relevance to Singapore’s aquatic environments are aquatic invasive species and coastal modification. Climate change can potentially facilitate biological invasions through its effects on various stages of the invasion process. For example through the modification of

introduction pathways, environmental constraints on establishment/spread of invasive species, distributions of introduced populations, invasive species impacts, and the susceptibility of invasive species to management. In coastal ecosystems, sea level rise and increases in extreme weather events result in a concomitant demand for coastal defences including sea walls and similar armour. Furthermore increases in sea surface temperature are predicted to have negative effects on near shore habitats, especially tropical coral reefs and associated ecosystems. A greater understanding of aquatic invasive species and the state of coastal the coastal environment will facilitate ongoing and future conservation management efforts.

Speakers: There will be keynote presentations as well as shorter talks on both areas by leading international experts, local researchers and agencies.

The mix of talks on aquatic invasives and coastal restoration is aimed at disseminating information to researchers, students, planners, managers, relevant/interested government agencies, and the general public.

We hope that you will be able to join us and interact with the topical experts. We would be most grateful for your RSVP to by the 12th February 2014.

Best regards from the Organising Committee,
Darren Yeo, Peter Todd, Zeng Yiwen, Neo Mei Lin