Undergraduate part-time assistants (NSWS) wanted for mesocosm experiments with aquatic plants (Jan–Sep 2018)

We are looking for undergraduate part-time assistants under the NUS Student Work Scheme (NSWS) to help out with mesocosm experiments involving aquatic plants from January 2018 to September 2018.

Project description: Restoration of reservoir water using aquatic plants in mesocosm experiments

What you will learn

  1. Identification and collection of aquatic plants for experimental work
  2. Collection of growth and other relevant plant data as part of routine sampling of outdoor experiments in the reservoir
  3. Monitoring of water quality parameters using multimeter probes
  4. Methodology for chlorophyll-a analysis of reservoir water
  5. Fish trapping and macroinvertebrate sampling
  6. Identification and counting of freshwater phytoplankton, zooplankton and fish
  7. Learn more about Singapore’s freshwater fauna and aquatic ecology in general

Candidates should be:

  1. Able to work during term time and during the semester break
  2. Physically fit and able to work outdoors for extended periods of time
  3. Willing to learn new techniques

Non-biology majors are welcome to apply


Please contact Dr. Maxine Mowe, Post-doctoral research fellow, Freshwater and Invasion Biology Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore at dbsmadm@nus.edu.sg.

Internship position open for mammal outreach and research

Internship position open for mammal outreach and research

Do you have an interest in mammals? Want to learn more about wildlife and contribute to conservation in Singapore?

The NUS Common Palm Civet Research Team seeks an intern to help with outreach, research and public education activities for 2015.

An urban common palm civet (Photo by Xu Weiting)

An urban common palm civet (Photo by Xu Weiting)

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Assist with the administration, communication, and implementation of outreach and public education activities e.g. setting up a common palm civet resource website and designing materials for public education
  2. Maintenance of the common palm civet blog and Facebook page, and mammal sighting records
  3. Recovery of mammal carcasses and collection of civet scat samples through public submissions
  4. Assist in common palm civet research as needed


The ideal candidate should be interested in nature and is passionate about conservation and the environment in Singapore. Candidate should be responsible, communicative, has to be proficient with social media and interacting with members of the public. Enthusiasm and the ability to work independently is a requirement. Able to work on weekends or at night depending on the activities.

Application deadline:  03 April 2015, Friday

Interview date:  Mid – late April 2015

Internship duration: 6 months commencing April 2015.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Mr N. Sivasothi at mammal@sivasothi.com.

All applications will be processed in the 1st week of April and shortlisted applicants will be notified. The interviews for shortlisted applicants will be in the 2nd last week of April 2015.

Undergraduate internship: Tropical tree surveys in Polynesia (May-Jun 2014); application deadline: 20 Mar 2014

Applications are invited for internships to assist A/P Edward Webb with tropical tree surveys on the remote Polynesian island of Ta’u, American Samoa. Interns will participate in quantitative censuses of trees and saplings in long-term monitoring plots on the island of Ta’u during the months of May-June 2014.

This is part of a long-term forest monitoring project that began in 2004. The work will consist of basic forestry inventory activities. Publications describing the methods and some outputs of this project are listed are:

  • Webb, E.L., van de Bult, M., Fa’aumu, S., Webb, R.C., Tualaulelei, A. & Carrasco, L. R. 2014. Factors affecting tropical tree damage and survival after catastrophic wind damage. Biotropica, doi: 10.1111/btp.12067.
  • Webb, E.L., Bult, M. van de, Chutipong, W., and Kabir, Md. E. 2006. Composition and structure of lowland rainforest tree communities on Ta’u, American Samoa. Pacific Science 60(3): 333-354.

Interns will receive training and the work will be closely supervised by A/P Webb or senior field staff.



  • Basic expenses including travel, accommodation and meals will be covered.
  • Internships do not carry a salary.
  • Health coverage that includes emergency evacuation is required and the responsibility of the intern.
  • The length of the field work will be a minimum of 4 weeks, and possibly 7-10 weeks in total. Short-listed candidates will discuss scheduling at a later date.

Please read the following list carefully. To be considered for an internship you must have the following qualities:

  1. A life Sciences-EB student or a BES student with an EB specialization.
  2. You must have finished your 3rd or 4th year by May.
  3. True enthusiasm for ecological field research – you must be willing and able to work long hours as part of a team, in a remote and challenging tropical forest field setting. Accommodations will be basic but clean. Phone service and internet may be intermittent.
  4. Excellent physical condition – daily hikes to survey plots range from 45-90 minutes each way, on moderate to advanced trails.
  5. Experience with international travel and outdoor activities, especially hiking/trekking.
  6. A high degree of flexibility, patience, and an ability to “go with the flow”.
  7. Previous experience with field botany or field ecology is not necessary, but you must be willing and interested to learn field identification of trees.

If you are interested, please first read the publications listed above. Also, get an overview of Ta’u island and American Samoa; start with Wikipedia.

To apply for an internship

  • Email Dr. Webb (ted.webb@nus.edu.sg)
  • Confirm whether and how you meet the criteria above.
  • Provide specifics as much as possible.
  • Emails should not be overly long.
  • Provide 1-2 names of people who could serve as a reference for you.

The application deadline is 20 March 2014.

From: Edward Webb, APE Lab.

Interns with Marine Biology Lab bag top prize in blogging contest

Karenne Tun from the Marine Biology Lab just emailed some happy news – the two interns supervised by Prof Chou, Karenne Tun and Angie Seow from the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science just bagged the top spot in the tertiary category of Underwater World’s “Young Marine Biologist” Competition.

Tsai Tse Yin and Theophilus Teo setup a blog called “Reef to Fight Another Day” and Karenne says they blogged well with entertaining and informative posts!

Well done Jacque and Theophilus!

The other entries are featured at the Underwater World webpage.