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.

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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