Mon 31 Oct 2016: 6.15pm @ LT27 – sale of “Plants in Tropical Cities” at discounted price of $48 (student price $35) – before Jerry Coyne’s talk

On Mon 31 Oct 2016, “Plants in Tropical Cities” will be on sale at the discounted price of $48 and the special NUS Staff and Student price of $35 (show your NUS ID) at LT27, from 6.15pm to 7.00pm.

This is just before the Jerry Coyne’s “Why Evolution is True” talk (registration link).

On sale at $60 at Kinokuniya, this special discounted offer is being made by the book author Boo Chih Min (email: who was a botany student in NUS herself not too long ago! She is keen to teach out to students and is making this effort to make the book accessible to them. The 19 features on roadside plants, epiphytic plants, aquatic plants, mangroves, etc. will be especially useful to anyone starting out.

Plants in Tropical Cities
By Boo Chih Min, Sharon Y. J. Chew & Jean W. H. Yong
The Definitive guide for Plants in Singapore and the neighbouring countries.

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With close to 2800 plants featured, we hope that this book will help everyone to appreciate all the plants around us in our daily lives. Nineteenth palettes or likely scenarios/situations (e.g. roadside plants, green roofs, green walls, epiphytic plants, aquatic plants, seashore planting, school gardens, mangroves, plants to attract butterflies, fragrant plants) were prepared that will be helpful for anyone embarking on any plant-related development projects or simply as a hobby. Not forgetting the scientific researchers and the graduate students for their plant identification needs, we put in as many botanical details as possible for each species, within the 1000 page limit! Additionally, an Index of Genus names for quick reference was also included at the back of the book.

The “A to Z” listing of plants gave us a chance to feature 26 photos, each of which is the representative” for each alphabet (based on the scientific name). Whenever possible, native species (to our Malesian region) and various plant functional groups (e.g. aquatic plants, epiphytes, mangroves, climbers) were featured throughout the book in our bid to promote better understanding of plant adaptations and also to protect our unique regional plant biodiversity. Plants in Tropical Cities managed to feature two-thirds of Singapore’s flora (ca 2800, including 650 native species; Singapore has ca 4100, with 2100 natives; exotics are ever increasing with new plant imports).

Read the review by retired NUS botany professor Wee Yeow Chin here.

View sample pages from the book here.


Tue 11 Nov 2014: 6.30pm @ Brookhaven – Book Launch of “Dynamic Environments of Singapore” by Dan Friess & Grahame Oliver (NUS Geography)

From Dan Friess in Geography,

On the 11th of November Grahame Oliver and I are having a book launch for our new textbook “Dynamic Environments of Singapore”, which was published earlier this year. I’d like to invite you to attend – there will be copies available for purchase ($30 – bargain!).

Please find the details on the FASS Environment Cluster blog.

20141111 DanFriess book launch

An event co-organized by the FASS Environment Cluster and the Singapore Research Nexus.

Custom print for LSM1103 Biodiversity in the Science Co-cop!

Students may use either Solomon, Berg & Martin’s Biology (9th Edition) or Reece et al.’s Campbell Biology (9th Edition) for LSM1103 Biodiversity. Since the module only requires Part V of these texts, we arranged with publishers for a lighter and cheaper bundle of the print copy of part V and the e-book.

The book arrived early this week and I dropped in at the co-cop to take a look. Sure enough, they are right there at the entrance.

Biology textbooks for LSM1103

[1] Biology 9th edition by Eldra P. Solomon, Linda R. Berg, Diana W. Martin

  • The offer by Cengage Learning Asia will be about $35 (check co-op for the price)
  • The bundle contains 1) a black and white print copy of Part V: The Diversity of Life & 2) a 12-month validity of the full-colour e-version of the complete text book online

Solomon Biology Part V LSM1103.pdf (1 page)

[2] Campbell Biology, 9th Edition by Reece et al.

  • The offer by Pearson will be about $35 (check the co-op for the final)
  • The budge contains 1) a black and white print copy of Part V: The Diversity of Life & 2) a full-colour E-book of Part V (12-month validity).

Campbell Biology Part V

The final exam for LSM1103 is an open book exam. Students are allowed to bring textbooks and notes into the exam hall, but no electronic devices are allowed.

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“Wild Singapore” the book, on special sale for NUS Students & Staff this Fri 19 Oct & Tue 23 Oct 2012

Super-Special Sale for NUS students and staff
Wild Singapore, the book

The long-awaited hard cover book, “Wild Singapore” By Geoffrey Davison, Ria Tan and Benjamin Lee will be launched in November and the price will be $69.90.

The publisher, Pansing Distribution Pte Ltd, has agreed to extend a limited and super special offer of $40.00 to ALL students and staff of NUS at the first book sale for this publication!

All NUS staff and students are welcome to come down and purchase the Wild Singapore book at these locations and times. Just show your matric/staff card to enjoy the super-special price!

Fri 19 Oct 2012: 1.00pm-3.00pm
Outside Life Science Lab 7 (S2-03)
(Before the LSM1103 Animal Diversity Practical)

Tue 23 Oct 2012: 3.00pm – 5.00pm
NUS LT32 lobby (S1A-01)
(Before the LSM1103 Ecydysozoa II & Deuterostomes I Lecture)


Wild Singapore super special offer to NUS

New Book: Decapod Crustacean Phylogenetics

A new book, Decapod Crustacean Phylogenetics includes two chapters co-written by Peter Ng with contributions by many familiar friends of the Systematics & Ecology Lab.

decapod crustacean phylogenetics

The book blurb reads,

“Decapod crustaceans are of tremendous interest and importance evolutionarily, ecologically, and economically. There is no shortage of publications reflecting the wide variety of ideas and hypotheses concerning decapod phylogeny, but until recently, the world’s leading decapodologists had never assembled to elucidate and discuss relationships among the major decapod lineages and between decapods and other crustaceans.

Based on the findings presented by an international group of scientists at a symposium supported by the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, The Crustacean Society, and several other societies, and with major funding from the National Science Foundation, Decapod Crustacean Phylogenetics provides a comprehensive synopsis of the current knowledge of this vast and important group of animals.

This volume contains state-of-the-art reviews of literature and methodologies for elucidating decapod phylogeny. The contributions include studies on the fossil origin of decapods, morphological and molecular phylogenetic analyses, the evolution of mating and its bearing on phylogeny, decapod evo-devo studies, decapod spermiocladistics, and phylogenetic inference.

The experts also present research on preliminary attempts to construct the first known phylogenetic tree for various groups of decapods. Several contributions offer the most comprehensive analyses to date on major clades of decapods, and others introduce data or approaches that could be used in the future to help resolve the phylogeny of the Decapoda.

Currently, the Decapoda contain an estimated 15,000 species, some of which support seafood and marine industries worth billions of dollars each year to the world’s economy. This volume is a fascinating overview of where we are currently in our understanding of these important creatures and their phylogeny and also provides a window into the future of decapod research. This work will be of great interest to researchers, instructors, and students in marine biology, evolutionary biology, crustacean biology, resource management, and biodiversity database management.”

New book by Richard Corlett, “The Ecology of Tropical East Asia”

Richard’s new book is out (Publication date: 14 May 2009). Unfortunately it is an OUP book so is costly – US$61.23+ (paperpback) and US$126.07 on Amazon US, £28.45 (paperback) and £61.75 (hardback) on Amazon UK. Update: The Barnes & Noble price is cheaper – US$48.75.

Update (30 May 2009): Mail from Ng Bee Choo of Nature’s Niche:

“We have just received stock of this important ecology book. Retail Price is S$55.00 inclusive of GST.

Stock currently available at our shop at Mandai Road. It will be available at Sentosa Nature Shop next week.”

The OUP page describes the Ecology of Tropical East Asia as (amongst other things):

the first book to describe the terrestrial ecology of the entire East Asian tropics and subtropics, from southern China to western Indonesia. It deals with plants, animals, and the ecosystems they inhabit, as well as the diverse threats to their survival and the options for conservation.

This book provides the background knowledge of the region’s ecology needed by both specialists and non-specialists to put their own work into a broader context.

New Diptera Book

We are pleased to announce that the book “Diptera Diversity: Status, Challenges and Tools” has been published. Prof Meier is one of three editors of this hotly-anticipated book for all dipterists.


This very attractive book not only comes complete with comprehensive information about Diptera biodiversity, it also includes gorgeous colour pictures and photos of flies, maps (and charts). It retails for €119/US$186 here.

Some of us may remember Dr. Patrick Grootaert from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, a dolichopodid expert and regular collaborator with the NUS Biodiversity group. In this book, he authors a fascinating chapter on the diversity and taxonomic challenges of Oriental Diptera. He is currently here in Singapore to lay out the framework for the SMIP (Singapore Mangrove Insect Project) and to provide us with vast quantities of Belgian chocolate.

Incidentally, Prof Meier also coauthors 2 chapters with our biodiversity alumni, Gaurav G. Vaidya and Guanyang Zhang, who is currently at UC Riverside completing his PhD on the systematics of reduviids (assassin bugs).

Here’s a shoutout to the Heteropteran Systematics Lab @ UCR, current home of two ex-evolab denizens.

Plant Magic: Auspicious and Inauspicious Plants from Around the World

Plant Magic

Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan and his student, Giam Xingli co-authored the recently published “Plant Magic”!

What started as a humble UROPS project (Xingli’s Auspicious and inauspicious plants of the world) has now become a book worth reading and keeping!

To all aspiring naturalists currently working on their UROPS projects, keep working hard! One day, it might be your name on the book! 😉

Meier’s new chapter in book: “Rensch’s rule in insects: patterns among and within species”

Rudolf Meier has co-authored a chapter in the new book on sexual size dimorphism.

Blanckenhorn, W. U., R. Meier & T. Teder, 2007. Rensch’s rule in insects: patterns among and within species. In: Fairbairn, D. J., W. U. Blanckenhorn & T. Székely (eds.), Sex, Size and Gender Roles: Evolutionary Studies of Sexual Size Dimorphism. Oxford University Press.

Abstract – Rensch’s rule is a common pattern of allometry for sexual size dimorphism among animal species. This chapter evaluates Rensch’s rule in insects, using three levels of analysis. When comparisons are made among species, Rensch’s rule is not more common than that which would be expected by chance: it occurs in Diptera (flies) and Heteroptera (Gerridae; water striders), but not in other insect groups.

Comparisons among populations within species also show little evidence of Rensch’s rule, although when the populations were ordered by latitude, Rensch’s rule was more common than that which would be expected by chance. Within populations, body size tends to be more phenotypically plastic in females than in males, resulting in allometry opposite to Rensch’s rule. Data on scathophagid and sepsid flies show that patterns across the three levels of comparison do not correspond well.

Thus, in insects, neither the allometric patterns nor their causative processes can be generalized among taxa or among levels of analysis.