Banded Leaf Monkeys, RMBR, mangroves in beMUSE

Get your hands on the latest copy of beMUSE, the quarterly magazine published by the National Heritage Board! There are plenty of interesting articles in this issue, including one written by Andie from our lab, on the banded leaf monkeys of Singapore (Living treasures in the treetops: A fresh look at Singapore’s banded leaf monkeys). In it, she discusses the ecology of the banded leaf monkeys, their natural heritage value and relationship to the greater question of biodiversity conservation in Singapore, as well as the banded leaf monkey’s long term prospects for survival, It’s accompanied by plenty of lush photographs, (as are all the other articles in the magazine). She also discusses the fate of some other charismatic animals of Singapore, including Marcus’ mousedeer, along with a picture he took of the shy, nocturnal creature.

You can enjoy more of his photography in the following article on mangroves (Rainforests by the sea: Celebrating Singapore’s mangrove forests), written by Jean Yong, Joanne Khew (from Plant lab) & Ng Yan Fei, which includes an useful comparative mangrove guide sheet. Last but not least, there is also an article on RMBR (Learning from looking: The natural history collection of the former Raffles library and museum). Written by Clement Onn from the Asian Civilisations Museum, it not only offers a good read, but also includes a very useful timeline of the RMBR’s history.

Biodiversity Evening on NUS website

Congratulations to all four presenters for a job well done!

There’s a short write up of the “An Evening Dedicated to Conserving Singapore’s Biodiversity” event on the NUS website! You can access it here. It focuses on the work that Andie has been doing over the past 1.5 years with regards to the banded leaf monkeys.

For those who want to  see a bunch of photos of the excitement, the DBS website has devoted a page to them here.

Thanks a lot to all the honours students who put up their posters for the event! They certainly helped to attract a lot of positive attention.

Biodiversity makes a strong showing at faculty teaching, research and service awards

We are proud to announce that the NUS biodiversity group was very respectably represented at this year’s Faculty Teaching, Research and Service Awards 2009.

From Biodiversity, the list of winners include: Prof. Chou Loke Meng and Mr N. Sivasothi, for the Faculty Teaching Excellence award (both absent from this picture), Assoc. Prof. Rudolf Meier for the Honour Roll award, Andie, YC, JC,  Laura, Eunice and myself, for the Teaching Assistant (Part-Time) award, and Darren and Tommy for the Service award.

Some of this year’s winners.

Nalini, evolab publishes in JEB, not worksafe for flies (with videos)

N. Puniamoorthy, M. R. B. Ismail, D. S. H. Tan & R. Meier 2009, “From kissing to belly stridulation: comparative analysis reveals surprising diversity, rapid evolution, and much homoplasy in the mating behaviour of 27 species of sepsid flies (Diptera: Sepsidae).” Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22, 2146-2156.


(Careful of impressionable minds looking over your shoulder while watching this)

The full list of videos can be accessed on the evolutionary biology website here

Hennig XXVIII @ Singapore Botanic Gardens, Uniquely Singapore

We had the privilege of hosting the 28th annual meeting of the Willi Hennig society at the Singapore Botanic Gardens this year, making us the first Asian host for this international conference. Lasting from the 22nd to the 26th of June, it saw the active participation of its members, who contributed talks and posters relating to the science of phylogenetic systematics.

As evidenced by this photo, much fun was had by all.

The Willi Hennig society also awards up to three prizes for outstanding student presentations at each annual meeting. These include the Willi Hennig Award, the Lars Brundin Award and the Don Rosen Award. For Hennig XXVIII, the awardees were Maria-Theresa Aguado (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain), Sujatha Narayanan Kutty (NUS, Singapore) and Gwynne Lim Shimin (NUS, Singapore) respectively. This marks the third year in a row where students from Evolab have attended Hennig meetings and consequently won at least one of these awards for their presentations.

Hennig XXIV (2005):  Kathy Feng-Yi Su (Hennig award), Farhan B Ali (Rosen award), Nalini Puniamoorthy and Shiyang Kwong (Honorable mentions)

Hennig XXVI (2007): Kathy Feng-Yi Su (Brundin award)

Congratulations to Sujatha and (more awkwardly) myself! You can see us proudly displaying our awards during the banquet below.

More information about the conference and the associated mini-symposium “Darwin, Wallace and Evolution: Celebrating a major paradigm shift in science” can be found at NUShub and on Reuters’ Environment Blog.

Registration Closed for “Darwin, Wallace, and Evolution: Celebrating a major paradigm shift in science”

Thank you all for your wonderful show of enthusiasm and support for the event! We are amazed and pleased by the high level of interest that so many of you are showing by signing up. Sadly, registration is now closed. For the lucky 400 who managed to sign up in time, please remember that it’s today: Monday, the 22nd of June. The venue for the event is LT26 (not LT31), and it begins at 6.30pm sharp. Although we are no longer registering new participants, you are perfectly welcome to try your luck (as there might be a free seat or two!).

Addendum: Venue Change for “Darwin, Wallace, and Evolution: Celebrating a major paradigm shift in science”

Dear participants,

Due to the overwhelming response, we have moved the mini-symposium from LT 31 to LT26 in order to accommodate everyone. Please note the change in venue. If you are driving, park at carpark 10 (CP10), as car park 9 is closed for construction. Please enter along Science Drive 1, and cut across the canteen.

For clarity, we provide a screengrab of the map below:

Hope to see you all there (LT 26, not LT 31) next Monday!

Edit 170609: One more thing: For those of us with dietary restrictions, the buffet dinner provided after the talk is prepared by a halal certified caterer. There will also be vegetarian options.