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Inspiring the next generation!

posted Jun 21, 2017, 3:11 AM by Ambert Ang   [ updated Jun 23, 2017, 2:16 AM ]

NUS held its Open Day on 11 March 2017 where prospective students got to see what the various faculties have to offer in their undergraduate programmes. For the Department of Biological Sciences at the Faculty of Science, this event provided the chance to showcase the many courses available. For us, it was also an opportunity to promote marine science to a wider audience. 

We were fortunate to have our Principal Investigator, Associate Professor Peter Todd, invited to give a Life Sciences Master Class for the visitors and it was the perfect opportunity to share with them our latest research project: "Ecologically Engineering Singapore's Seawalls To Enhance Biodiversity". This grant was awarded to us by the National Research Foundation, Singapore, and it could not have come at a better time. For years, our seawall researchers have been working on improving designs to increase complexity and thus enhancing biodiversity. With this new grant, we can now do more research and upscale our findings! 

In his talk, Assoc. Prof. Todd, introduced intertidal environments and explained the general concept of ecological engineering. For many, this was all new and exciting. In addition, he also highlighted the importance of scientific research and how it should not stop at discovery but lead to applications that benefit both nature and society. The seawall project is an excellent example of how the concept of ecological reconciliation can be applied to Singapore's heavily modified coastline.

We hope to some of the undergraduates joining NUS this year will be inspired to become Singapore’s next generation of marine biologists!