On 30th September, the usually quiet St John’s Island at the southern tip of Singapore was turned into a hive of excitement and festivities. The NUS Tropical Marine Science Institute’s (TMSI) marine laboratory on the island celebrated its 10th Anniversary with an Open Day for the families of its staff and research collaborators. More than 340 guests and 110 staff descended on the island via ferries.
During the Opening Ceremony, Professor Lui Pao Chuen, TMSI’s pioneer Chairman for the marine laboratory, shared the vision and history of the Institute on St John’s Island. TMSI’s Board Chairman Professor Lim Pin, accompanied by TMSI’s Board members and faculty collaborators, launched the celebrations,.
The St John’s Island marine laboratory was established in 2002 to provide marine aquaria and laboratories for marine science research. Supported by modern facilities and state-of-the-art flow-through seawater aquaria, some 50 staff and students carry out work on topics ranging from biodiversity conservation to marine engineering.
Two leading international marine biologists – Professor Michael G Hadfield from the Kewalo Marine Laboratory, Pacific Biomedical Research Centre of the University of Hawaii Manoa, and Professor Peter Steinberg, Director of the Sydney Institutes of Marine Science (SIMS) – delivered keynote lectures.
Prof Hadfield stressed that marine laboratories have always been and remain the major drivers for frontier research in marine science in the US, Japan and Europe. Noting the scarcity of modern marine coastal laboratories in Southeast Asia, he congratulated the Board of TMSI and NUS for their vision to build a modern marine facility in Singapore. Prof Steinberg concurred and emphasised the power and scientific value of housing natural seawater aquarium close to modern technological infrastructure in advancing marine science research, such as the SIMS marine laboratory.
A book Contributions to Marine Science was published to commemorate the 10th Anniversary. Written by young research staff and students, some of the articles were presented at seminars throughout the day. Electronic copies of the book's contents can be accessed at the bottom of this page.
The laboratories and aquaria drew the crowds, with staff and students presenting their research. Live marine creature displays, including giant clams, jellyfishes, anemones and sea stars, were the “animal stars” for guests and children. Educational interactive displays such as living plankton and larvae of marine invertebrates attracted external collaborators and grantors who were curious to see the organisms and tools in the projects they fund.
The celebrations ended late afternoon and some guests adjourned to the beach before boarding the last ferry home.
By NUS Tropical Marine Science Institute’s marine laboratory
(From left) Prof Lim, Prof Lui and TMSI Director Prof Peter Ng admiring the giant clams in the marine laboratory
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Contributions to Marine Science [Electronic Version]
- Preface and Acknowledgements
- A short history of TMSI@St John’s Island
- Singapore Strait hydrodynamics: from ancient myths to renewable energy (Manasa Ranjan Behera, Xu Haihua & Pavel
- A 3-D model on the possible role of atmospheric deposition in tropical coastal eutrophication (Sundarambal Palani, Rajasekhar Balasubramanian & Pavel Tkalich)
- Future sea level rise implications on development of Lazarus Island, Singapore Southern Islands (D. K. Raju, Teh Tiong
- Sia & J. Chandrasekar)
- Diversity of seaweeds and seagrasses of St John’s Island, Singapore (T. Noiraksar, K. Lewmanomont, Tan Koh Siang & Joyce Ong)
- Rediscovery of the Neptune’s Cup Sponge in Singapore: Clionaor Poterion? (Lim Swee Cheng, Karenne Tun & Eugene Goh)
- A survey of jellyfish (Cnidaria) around St John’s Island in the Singapore Straits (Nicholas Yap & Ong Joo Yong)
- Hard coral assemblages on seawalls in Singapore (Lionel Ng Chin Soon, Chen Dexiang & Chou Loke Ming)
- Coral larval rearing in Singapore: observations on spawning, larval development and settlement of two common scleractinian species (Toh Tai Chong, James Guest & Chou Loke Ming)
- The effect of benthic macroalgae on coral settlement (Lee Co Sin, Juan Walford & Beverly Goh Pi Lee)
- Does an ex-situ coral nursery facilitate reef restoration in Singapore waters? (Lionel Ng Chin Soon, Ng Shu Zhen and Chou Loke Ming)
- The effects of in-situ water column nutrient enrichment on the seagrass, Thalassia hemprichii: a pilot study at St John’s Island, Singapore (Suryati, M. A., Sin Tsai Min, He Jie & Beverly Goh Pi Lee)
- Ontogeny of lipolytic enzyme gene expression in seabass (Lates calcarifer) larvae (Lee Co Sin, B. Sivaloganathan, J. Walford & P. K. Reddy)
- Observations on the subtidal fouling community on jetty pilings in the southern islands of Singapore (Joyce Ong & Tan Koh Siang)
- Snapping shrimp dominated natural soundscape in Singapore waters (Mandar Chitre, Matthew Legg & Koay Teong-Beng)
- Fluorescent patterns in some Portunusspp. (Crustacea: Brachyura: Portunidae) (Wong Ze-Lin, Serena Teo Lay Ming & Fernando Parra-Velandia)
- Females on top! Sex, rather than size, limits the upper distribution of Patelloida saccharina(L.) on artificial breakwaters in Singapore (Sin Tsai Min & Lee Ai Chin)
- Diet of an intertidal predator, Morula fusca(Neogastropoda: Muricidae) on St John’s Island, Singapore (Chim Chee Kong & Bryan Ong Y. Y.)
- Nocturnal movement and possible geotaxis in the fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa) (P. Soo & Peter Todd)
- Autotomy, arm regeneration and cannibalism in the seastar Astropecten indicus (Loh Kok Sheng & Peter Todd)
|01_Manasa_Pg 1-10.pdf||1.87 MB|
|02_Palani_Pg 11-21.pdf||2.5 MB|
|03_Raju_Pg 23-31.pdf||6.97 MB|
|04_Nor_Pg 33-47.pdf||12.66 MB|
|05_Lim_Pg 49-56.pdf||9.78 MB|
|06_Yap_Pg 57-74.pdf||4.18 MB|
|07_Ng_Pg 75-79.pdf||663.9 KB|
|08_Toh_Pg 81-87.pdf||1.99 MB|
|09_Lee_Pg 89-93.pdf||688.94 KB|
|10_Ng_Pg 95-100.pdf||218.54 KB|
|11_Suryati_Pg 101-111.pdf||957.15 KB|
|12_Lee_Pg 113-119.pdf||1.25 MB|
|13_Ong&Tan_Pg 121-126.pdf||526.95 KB|
|14_Chitre_Pg 127-134.pdf||1.88 MB|
|15_Wong_Pg 135-143.pdf||14.76 MB|
|16_Sin&Lee_Pg 145-151.pdf||674.3 KB|
|17_Tan_Pg 153-158.pdf||489.69 KB|
|18_Tan_Pg 159-162.pdf||364.35 KB|
|19_Loh&Todd_Pg 163-168.pdf||702.54 KB|
|A Short History_Pg vii-ix.pdf||667.85 KB|
|Foreword_Pg iii-iv.pdf||115.64 KB|
|Preface_Pg v.pdf||60.3 KB|