Contact Information:

Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
14 Science Drive 4
Singapore 117543

6516 2858
6779 2486

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D., B.Sc. Hons (N.U.S.)

Teaching Areas

LSM1301 – General Biology
LSM4257 – Aquatic Vertebrate Diversity
LSM3263 – Field Studies in Neo-tropical Ecology
BL5198 – Graduate Seminar Module

Research Interests and Current Projects

Evolution of terrestriality in lower vertebrate groups
Evolutionary history and drivers of ichthyofaunal diversity
Phenomics and systematics of percomorph fishes
Conservation of marine ecosystems and threatened ichthyofauna

Additional Research Interests

Chair, Student Life Committee, DBS, NUS
International Steering Committee, Indo-Pacific Fish Conference
IUCN Specialist Group (Gobiiformes)
Associate Editor, Raffles Bulletin of Zoology

Selected Publications

  1. Jaafar Z and Murdy EO eds (2017) Fishes out of Water: Biology and Ecology of Mudskippers. CRC Press. BOOK

  2. Polgar G, and Jaafar Z (2017) Endangered Forested Wetlands of Sundaland: Ecology, Conservation and Management. Springer. BOOK

  3. Jaafar Z, and Parenti L. (2016) Systematics of the mudskipper genus Oxuderces Souleyet 1948 (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Oxudercinae) with resurrection from synonymy of O. nexipinnis (Cantor 1850). Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society

  4. +Lee JSH, +Jaafar Z, Tan AKJ, Carrasco LR, Ewing JJ, Bickford DP, Webb EL, and Koh LP (2016) Towards clearer skies: Challenges in regulating transboundary haze in Southeast Asia. Environmental Science & Policy 2016: 87-95   + Joint first author.

  5. Jaafar Z, Polgar G, and Zamroni Y. (2016) Description of a new species of Periophthalmus (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the Lesser Sunda Islands. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 64: 278-283

  6. Loh TL, and Jaafar Z(2015) Turning the tide on bottom trawling. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 25: 581-583

  7. Jaafar Z, and Loh T-L. (2014) Linking land, air and sea: Impacts of biomass burning and the resultant haze on marine ecosystems of Southeast Asia. Global Change Biology 20: 2701-2707

  8. Jaafar Z, Tan W, and Chen D (2014) Goby and shrimp associations: More than meets the eye. Coral Reefs

  9. Polgar G, Jaafar Z, and Konstantinidis P (2013) A new species of mudskipper, Boleophthalmus poti (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Oxudercinae) from the Gulf of Papua, Papua New Guinea, and a key to the genus The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 61:311-321

  10. Hou Z, Liew J, and Jaafar Z(2013) Cleaning symbiosis in obligate goby-shrimp association Marine Biology 160: 2775-9

  11. Jaafar Z, and Hou Z (2012) Partner choice in gobiid fish Myersina macrostoma living in association with the alpheid shrimp Alpheus rapax Symbiosis 56: 121-127

  12. Jaafar Z, and Zeng Y (2012) Visual acuity of the goby associated shrimp, Alpheus rapax Fabricius 1978 (Decapoda, Alpheidae) Crustaceana 85: 1487-1497.

  13. Zeng Y, and Jaafar Z (2012) Repetitive motion behaviour: A new behaviour in burrowing alpheid shrimps Journal of Crustacean Biology 32: 693-697.