I am currently a Molecular Evolution Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC. My host and principal advisor is Dr. Michael Braun. My research at the Smithsonian Institution uses sequence capture, genotyping-by-sequencing and next-generation sequencing to decipher phylogeographic and population genomic patterns of Southeast Asia birds.
At its core, my research interest lies in determining how geography, ecology and history interact to create, maintain, and distribute biological diversity. The specific fields in which I have carried out research include: landscape ecology, habitat selection, statistical phylogeography, environmental niche modeling, and population genetics. Most of my field work is conducted in tropical Southeast Asia.
I am from Malaysia and attended high school in Singapore. I got my bachelor's degree (B.Env.Sc.) from the University of Wollongong, Australia. After working in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve for a couple years, I joined Navjot Sodhi's lab in the National University of Singapore for my master's. * Big Forest River is the literal translation of my name, as written in Han characters - though in Chinese, it sounds much more "poetic".