Job opportunity: Marine Biologist wanted for SIF Technologies

SIF Technologies is a Singapore-based green technology company specializing in water treatment for the aquaculture and eco-friendly industry.  They are currently seeking to hire a full-time Marine Biologist to lead scientific research and validation in the application of the company’s proprietary technology.


Marine Biologist


Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology, marine science, or related scientific discipline is required.  A Masters degree is highly preferred.


  • Minimum of five (5) years of direct industry experience in marine biology and/or environmental science.
  • Strong scientific aptitude, self-starter, analytical mind and logical approach to problem solving.
  • Good observation, documentation, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English.
  • Singaporean or SPR

Roles and responsibilities

  • Serves as the scientific liaison with external parties.
  • Plan and design scientific experiments independently and/or in teams.
  • Develop test protocols, reports, and white papers.
  • Perform data analysis and literature search.

About SIF

SIF Technologies is a Singapore-based green technology company specialising in water treatment for the aquaculture and eco-friendly industry. The founders of the company have more than 20 years of combined experience in providing customers with expert know-how in the area of chemical free water treatment.

In 2004, the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) under the SEEDS funding scheme, took a strategy equity stake in the company. This investment is managed by SPRING SEEDS Capital Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SPRING Singapore.

SIF will continue to grow its base in Singapore and also expand into more regions to develop solutions that meet the challenges faced by various industries.

For more information please visit our website at .

Job opportunity: Help us out at the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey!

The Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey (CMBS), is a  national project that takes stock of Singapore’s marine ecosystem and species diversity, species distribution and abundance. It began in 2010 and will conclude in 2015. Besides regular surveys, the project includes two intensive 3-week expeditions in which local and international researchers come together to study the various marine taxa found in our waters.

The first expedition surveying the northern shores (Johor Straits) was held in October 2012 and we are now gearing up for an encore in May, this time in the southern waters of Singapore.


We need help!


TMSI is recruiting four student assistants to help out during the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey workshop.

If you have a passion for biodiversity research, fieldwork, or just want to learn and interact with local and international marine scientists, this is a golden opportunity to garner the necessary experience.

Job Scope

The successful candidate will be involved in various aspects of the expedition, such as logistics, equipment cleaning and maintenance, field collection, dredging, sorting, preservation, photo taking, data entry and assisting researchers.

Candidates should be:

Be able to stay in expedition base camp (at St John’s Island) for the duration of the expedition (20 May to 8 June).

Enthusiastic and able to work well with others.No prior experience necessary, but that will be a bonus!

For more information please visit, in particular the posts about the Northern Expedition (

Please contact Joelle Lai, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at dbslcyj[@] if interested.

NParks is hiring!

The National Parks Board is looking for a Senior Program Officer (Coastal and Marine Section).

From the website:


The Coastal and Marine Section works towards providing Singapore with a strong basis to adopt a proactive, balanced and forward-looking approach to coastal and marine environment-related policy, management, and research-direction issues, consistent with Singapore’s long-term economic and sustainable development goals. The Section also has the responsibility to ensure that our limited but rich coastal and marine biodiversity is conserved as part of Singapore’s natural heritage.

Our interdisciplinary team undertakes a broad range of technical projects, including ecology & the environment, coastal dynamics, legislation & regulations and other technical areas of coastal and marine environment concern. An external committee of domain experts provides advice on these projects. Publication of results and policy recommendations for the conservation and management of the coastal and marine environment are key deliverables of the team. Team members are expected to work collaboratively with each other, and with counterparts working in related areas within NParks and other agencies.

Key roles 

The Senior Programme Officer will join a team of officers who manage technical projects, monitor key issues and support the day-to-day operations related to the goals of the Coastal and Marine Section. Preparation of reports and formulation of coastal and marine conservation policy will be key deliverables; supporting the team in the organization of technical meetings and conferences is also part of the scope of this position.


• Degree in a relevant discipline
• At least two years’ work experience in ecology, environmental management, coastal dynamics, environmental legislation or one related to the CME Programme will be a strong advantage. Fresh graduates who can show evidence of capabilities will also be considered.
• More experienced and qualified applicants may be considered for, and given more management-level responsibilities
• Excellent command of spoken and written English and be able to analyze issues from a broad-based strategic perspective
• Knowledge of the concept of Integrated Coastal Management will be an advantage

Application closes on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road,Singapore 259569

Apply for this position

PhD Defence Seminar: Jose Christopher E. Mendoza on the Xanthidae of the Philippines

When: 25 April, 2011, 10 am

Where: DBS conference room

Title: The Xanthidae of the Philippines, with a systematic revision of the subfamily Euxanthinae Alcock, 1898 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura)


Xanthid crabs (Family Xanthidae) are a large, diverse group and are well represented in marine reef communities worldwide. They comprise one of the most species-rich families within the decapod crustacean infraorder Brachyura (the true crabs), with at least 640 species and still counting. The taxonomy and systematics of xanthids have been regarded by many workers as very complicated, and, as a consequence, this group has undergone substantial re-definition and re-organization over the past 170 years. However, the present system of classification remains imperfect, particularly in the definition of the component subfamilies.

The xanthid crab fauna of the Philippines, which remains poorly known, is reviewed. Recent expeditions to the country have made it possible for an updated checklist of the Philippine Xanthidae to be compiled, the last comprehensive checklist having been published in 1959. The present additions contribute the largest increase in the number of xanthid species recorded from the country since the beginning of marine zoological exploration in the region. Most of the additional species are from the central Philippines, and were collected by the PANGLAO 2004 and 2005 expeditions. A total of 213 species, distributed among 78 genera and 12 subfamilies, are recorded. Of these, four genera and 15 species are new to Science, whereas 53 species, 13 genera and 1 subfamily are new records for the country. The prevalence of rare species and the high rate of discovery of new species from a small island in the central Philippines (notably Balicasag Island), presents an opportunity to study the decapod crustacean fauna of this well-explored area. It appears that such taxa previously thought rare were not properly sampled due to limitations in sampling gear and the resultant neglect of hard-to-reach, therefore unexplorable, habitats. There is the possibility, therefore, that some rare species are classified as rare because the optimal habitats, where they have a higher abundance, have not been properly sampled.

One of the larger xanthid subfamilies, Euxanthinae Alcock, 1898, is revised. On the basis of previously under-appreciated morphological features, Euxanthinae is hereby restricted to 11 genera, including the type genus, Euxanthus Dana. The genus Glyptoxanthus A. Milne-Edwards is shown to possess enough distinct features to merit its recognition as a new subfamily, Glyptoxanthinae. Ladomedaeidae Števčić, is taken out from synonymy under Euxanthinae and placed under Antrocarcininae Ng & Chia. The remainder of the Euxanthinae sensu lato is also placed in Antrocarcininae on the basis of shared characters and, consequently, Antrocarcininae, now with 21 genera, is re-defined. The genera Medaeus Dana, Pseudomedaeus Guinot and Ulmo, gen. nov., are shown to be quite distinct from either Euxanthinae or Antrocarcininae, and are considered incertae sedis for the time being, pending a revision of the entire Xanthidae. This new system of classification is strongly supported by a molecular analysis of the Xanthidae (including Euxanthinae sensu lato), using four molecular markers. Five new genera and 12 new species are described as a result of this revision.

All are welcome!

Duc moves on

Six years and four months since he stepped onto the pirate ship that is Ecolab, Duc returned to Hanoi yesterday with his Phd in his pocket, ready to start his own empire building back in Vietnam.

The last week was crazy with him distilling his life in Singapore into little boxes, sorting specimens and hosting Dr. Zettel, his long time collaborator. Nevertheless, that did not deter him from taking two days out to help with the massive lab reshuffle.

Also, here are more pictures of Duc in the lab and as a TA during his grad student years.

Modeling the brand new BioD polos

Sewing tray nets!

Of course, he managed to wrangle a curry fish head treat from the boss for the entire lab before he left. Hooray!

lab lunch

Candid lab shot

To those who missed saying your goodbyes, fret not! He will be back periodically for visits. Ecolab will not be able to get rid of him this easily. All the best and good luck Duc!

Reuben Clements – still plugging away in KL

Biodiversity crew alumnus Reuben Clements may be busy tracking rhinos and tigers in the last wilderness of the Malaysian jungle with WWF Malaysia these days, but that does not stop him from finding time to keep going at his primary research!


This month sees a bumper crop of two papers from him and his collaborators.

Well done and congrats all around!