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Mon 10 Apr 2006
18 Apr 2006: 4pm - Wilan on alien Nudibranchs
Category : bejc
This seminar is jointly organised by National Parks Board & NUS' Dept of Biological Sciences and Tropical Marine Science Institute
"Nudibranchs: succesful but unsung globe-trotters"
Tuesday, 18 April 2006: 4.00 - 5.00 pm
Host: Tan Koh Siang
About the talk - Nudibranchs are highly visible components of marine ecosystems. However most people don't realise how many of them are not native to the countries where they presently occur and have been transported around the globe by humans. In fact the original distribution of some of them will never be known with certainty. This lecture considers why some nudibranchs and not others are amenable to transportation by shipping and why nudibranchs, unlike other molluscs, never achieve the status of "pests" in their new countries and so go unnoticed.
About the speaker - Richard Willan is Curator of Molluscs at the Northern Territories Museum in Darwin, Australia. He has wide-ranging systematic interests in nudibranchs and bivalves. "He has studied molluscs for more than 40 years and joined the MAGNT in 1992. He is an experienced diver and has carried out field work in much of Australia, also in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, North America and Europe. He is a Past President of the Malacological Society of Australasia and Life Member of the Conchology Section of Auckland Museum. He has authored or co-authored four books, over 100 scientific papers, and numerous popular articles." - MAGNT
Mon 10 Apr 2006
17 April 2006: 6pm - Jensen on "Marine biodiversity of Cambodia"
Category : bejc
Tropical Marine Science Institute, NUS & National Parks Board present:
"Marine biodiversity of Cambodia."
Kathe R. Jensen
Monday, 17th April 2006: 6Ð7 pm
The Biodiversity Centre, National Parks Board,
Host: Tan Koh Siang,
About the talk - Cambodia has a short coastline, 435 km, facing the Gulf of Thailand between Thailand in the north and Vietnam in the south. Cambodia is also one of the poorest countries in the world and management of natural resources is hampered by lack of funding, lack of qualified staff, weak legislation and enforcement and lack of public awareness. In collaboration with the Department of Fisheries I have been sampling and photographing marine organisms for documenting the coastal marine biodiversity.
Since July 2000 we have collected and photographed more than 500 species, we have published 4 posters for public awareness, presented results at international meetings, organized a workshop in Phnom Penh and expanded the marine Reference Collection in Sihanoukville. In this talk I will present some of the results from this project.
About the speaker - Kathe's research interest is in the phylogeny, systematics and evolution of the Sacoglossa, a herbivorous group of opisthobranch molluscs, and the systematics and functional morphology of Indo-Pacific molluscs. She is also a resource person for the Tropical Marine Mollusc Programme (TMMP) and is preparing a 'guide to common marine molluscs of the Indo-Malayan Region' with others.
In the Cambodia project, she has reported elsewhere that the first two posters created a lot of interest in marine biodiversity among both local villagers in the in the coastal zone and fisheries staff; the marine crabs poster elicited a sense of local pride and ownership when it was first revealed to residents. Increasing public awareness of the importance of sustainable management of marine resources has to be concurrent with the identification of coastal marine resources and the decentralisation of fisheries regulations. Specimens were deposited in the small Marine Reference Collection in Sihanoukville, erected on a local initiative, and pictures and collected data were entered into an electronic database.
Photo and some information about the speaker from the ZMUC webpage.