Welcome to the FIB Lab!
Clare Wilkinson (ICL-NUS PhD student) found a significant association between land-use change and freshwater fish species and functional richness loss in Sabah, Malaysia. Her research has been published in Biological Conservation, and featured in European Scientist, ScienceDaily, and Mongabay
Yiwen Zeng (Post-doctoral fellow) found that climate change reduces climate suitability and increases the overlap between native freshwater crabs and invasive crayfish in Southeast Asia. His research has been published in Biological Conservation
Jia Huan Liew, Jeffrey Kwik (Post-doctoral fellows), and Rayson Lim's (PhD student) research on environmental filtering's significant role in shaping tropical freshwater food web assembly has been published in Limnology and Oceanography
Daniel Ng (Lab alumnus) and others found that anthropogenic development may influence freshwater crab genomic histories similarly, regardless of environmental tolerance and range size. Their research has been published in Ecology and Evolution
Jonathan Ho's (Lab alumnus) research on aquatic macroinvertebrates in Nee Soon Swamp Forest, Singapore, has been published in Gardens' Bulletin Singapore


The Freshwater and Invasion Biology Laboratory (FIB Lab) was set up in 2010, where we have been conducting research on biodiversity and ecology of tropical Asian freshwater ecosystems. Within this central theme, we concentrate on three, often interlinked research areas:

  • Freshwater ecology and biodiversity
  • Aquatic biological invasions
  • Freshwater decapod crustaceans

Our work covers a wide range of freshwater ecosystems and taxa, and can involve collaborative work with local and international organisations, laboratories, researchers, and museum staff.

Current research projects

The lab is currently involved in a variety of freshwater biology-related research projects, including:

  • Macrophyte-algae alternate stable states and management
  • Effects of floating solar panels on riparian biodiversity in Singapore's reservoirs
  • Trophic interactions and biomanipulation of freshwater communities in Singapore's reservoirs
  • Alleopathic effects on phytoplankton blooms
  • Impacts of antropogenic land-use change on freshwater food webs
  • Ecosystem functioning of tropical streams
  • Next-generation freshwater biodiversity assessment using e-DNA
  • Autecology, ecological niche modelling, population genomics, native-alien competitive interactions, trait-based risk assessments, and invasion pathway mechanisms (i.e. introduction, spread, impacts) of alien species such as Pomacea canaliculata, Cherax quadricarinatus, and Clarias gariepinus

Updated in 2016: FIB Lab Poster

Contact Us

Freshwater & Invasion Biology Laboratory
Department of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
National University of Singapore
Block S3-02
14 Science Drive 4
Singapore 117543


Tel +65-6516-4255
Fax +65-6779-2486