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Events Organised

Applying Decision Science to Ecological Planning & Management Symposium

Date: 8 February 2018

National University of Singapore
Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences Conference Room 1
Block S3, Level 5, 14 Science Drive 4
Singapore 117546

Overview: Some members of the FIB lab partnered with Dr. Chong Kwek Yan to host researchers from the University of Queensland's Center of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) in Singapore. A symposium was organised to allow these researchers to share about their work and expertise to academics, governmental agencies, and interested members of the public. This is our first collobrative venture with CEED, with the aims of enhancing environmental decision science making capacity in both institutions.

Speakers: Speakers from CEED presented their research on decision making networks and techniques applied to a range of environmental projects, ranging from ecosystem management, conservation planning to population control.

Aquatic Invasive Alien Species in Southeast Asia (AIASSEA) Symposium

Date: 26–27 July 2017

National University of Singapore
Faculty of Science, Lecture Theatre 31
Block S16, Level 3, 6 Science Drive 2
Singapore 117546

Overview: The Freshwater and Invasion Biology Lab and the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum organised the Aquatic Invasive Alien Species in Southeast Asia (AIASSEA) Symposium. Introduction of invasive alien species (IAS) is a global issue with far-reaching environmental, economic, and human health impacts. For the biodiverse Southeast Asian region, the impacts of aquatic IAS could worsen in the coming decades with increasing urbanisation and resource exploitation.

A general dearth of knowledge of IAS in Southeast Asia, however, has been highlighted. And while there have been some localised studies, substantial gaps (including knowledge of ongoing research) remain that will likely confound efforts to understand, prevent, and manage the introduction, spread, and impacts of IAS particularly at the regional level. The knowledge gap will also likely hamper Southeast Asian countries’ progress towards identification, prioritization, and control/management of IAS and pathways—a key 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Target (Target 9 under Strategic Goal B) of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

The AIASSEA 2017 symposium thus aims to bring together leading international and regional reseachers with the overall goal of disseminating and sharing current knowledge, ongoing research, and expertise on aquatic invasive alien species in Southeast Asia.The mix of talks is aimed at researchers, students, planners, managers, relevant/interested government agencies, and the general public.

Speakers: There will be multiple speakers from the region who will present their research on freshwater and marine invasions, taxa-specific investigations, and ecological mechanisms in biological invasions.

The Crustacean Society Mid-Year Meeting 2016

Date: 11–13 July 2016

Venue: UTown, National University of Singapore

Overview: NUS/NUS-affiliated crustacean researchers (including the Freshwater and Invasion Biology Lab) organised the 2016 Mid-Year Meeting of The Crustacean Society. This was the first time that a major crustacean science meeting was being held in Singapore, which has a long and active association with carcinological work.

Speakers: There were multiple speakers presenting their research under 12 different themes for the 2.5 days of meeting, ranging from crustacean behaviour and ecology to conservation to evolution, taxonomy and phylogenetics. Three distinguished Plenary Speakers also spoke on a variety of topics including the ecology of intertidal crabs, evolutionary developmental biology, and DNA-based taxonomy, among others.

The talks aim at disseminating and promoting the exchange of research advances of the Crustacea taxa.

Conservation Asia 2016 Symposia: Tropical Forest Streams and Freshwater Swamps: Ecology, Hydrology and Conservation

Date: 2 July 2016

Venue: UTown, National University of Singapore

Overview: Undisturbed tropical forest streams and freshwater swamps are some of the most sensitive and threatened ecosystems in the tropics, holding concentrations of endemics and yet experiencing severe ecological stresses from human induced causes, where many types of development has been causing rapid decline in quantity and quality of these habitats. The sources and types of degradation include physical (e.g., artificial structures, sedimentation), chemical (e.g., acidification, heavy metals), and biological (e.g., introduction of non-indigenous species, loss of breeding habitat). Depending on their positions in the catchments, disturbances could potentially affect the entire downstream system. Seasonality, total rainfall, and future climate change would all also influence the future of freshwater swamp forest, and low order streams may be particularly at risk. Unfortunately, these are ecosystems which are often least well-known among conservationists and the general public. The symposium focused on the following key aspects:

1) Ecological and hydrological baselines of tropical forest streams and freshwater swamp forest;
2) Causes and impacts of degradation requiring conservation interventions; and
3) Case studies for stream and swamp forest restoration options, implementations and management.

Speakers: Talks by international and local researchers and agencies who have investigated the biodiversity, ecology, hydrology, threats and conservation of these habitats.

The talks aim at disseminating information and raising awareness of tropical forest streams and freshwater swamps to researchers, students, planners, managers, relevant/interested government agencies, and conservationists.

IUCN Sundiac Freshwater Fish Red List Workshop

Date: 24–27 February 2016

Venue: Night Safari, Singapore Zoological Gardens; Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Singapore

Overview: The workshop aims to equip freshwater fish researchers, experts and conservationists on assessing the conservation status of freshwater fish species in the Sundaic region.

Freshwater Crab Conservation Roundtable (FCCRT)

Date: 27–28 March 2014 (Closed session), 29 March 2014 (Public session)

Venue: River Safari, Singapore Zoo

Overview: Multiple agencies, including NParks, NUS, IUCN, and WRS are currently collaborating to save endemic crabs in Singapore, including the Singapore Freshwater Crab (Johora singaporensis) which is among the 100 most threatened species in the world. Foreign and local ecologists including researchers from the National University of Singapore and officers from the National Parks Board working on Johora singaporensis, as well as staff from Wildlife Reserves Singapore and members of other governmental agencies and NGOs convened in the inaugural Freshwater Crab Conservation Roundtable to develop an overall species conservation plan for this endemic species. Different approaches (e.g. in-situ conservation, ex-situ conservation as well as communications and outreach) were explored during the roundtable and will facilitate ongoing and future conservation management efforts for this critically endangered species.

Speakers: Talks by leading international experts, local researchers and agencies.

The talks on Johora singaporensis aim at disseminating information as well as to raise awareness of this endemic species to researchers, students, planners, managers, relevant/interested government agencies, and the general public.

Press release by WRS Singapore

Climate Change Adaptation: Aquatic Invasives and Coastal Restoration Symposium

Date: 26–27 February 2014

Time: 9:00am–4:30pm (Registration on the first day, 26 February, at 8:30am)

Venue: Botany Centre Function Hall, Singapore Botanic Gardens (entrance near Gleneagles Hospital)

Overview: Climate change is predicted to have multiple impacts on the aquatic environment. Two areas of relevance to Singapore's aquatic environments are aquatic invasive species and coastal modification. Climate change can potentially facilitate biological invasions through its effects on various stages of the invasion process. For example through the modification of introduction pathways, environmental constraints on establishment/spread of invasive species, distributions of introduced populations, invasive species impacts, and the susceptibility of invasive species to management. In coastal ecosystems, sea level rise and increases in extreme weather events result in a concomitant demand for coastal defences including sea walls and similar armour. Furthermore increases in sea surface temperature are predicted to have negative effects on near shore habitats, especially tropical coral reefs and associated ecosystems. A greater understanding of aquatic invasive species and the state of coastal the coastal environment will facilitate ongoing and future conservation management efforts.

Speakers: There will be keynote presentations as well as shorter talks on both areas by leading international experts, local researchers and agencies.

The mix of talks on aquatic invasives and coastal restoration is aimed at disseminating information to researchers, students, planners, managers, relevant/interested government agencies, and the general public.