- Internships, student field assistant opportunities – see Ecotax 29 November 2013
- Mon, 02 Dec 2013, 11.00am @ CR1: Dominik Kneer on “Dynamics of seagrasses in a heterogeneous tropical reef ecosystem” 28 November 2013
- Fri, 29 Nov 2013, 11.00am @ CR1: Kimberly Carlson on “Oil palm plantations alter stream ecosystem function in Borneo” 27 November 2013
- Volunteer field assistants for research projects in biodiversity and ecology 22 November 2013
- Job: Part-time field assistant for civet radio-tracking study (Jan-Feb 2014, part-time thereafter) 22 November 2013
- Fri, 29 Nov 2013, 10.00am @ SR1: Nega Abate on “Climate change and species distribution modelling” 20 November 2013
- Tue, 26 Nov 2013, 10.00am @ SR1: Neo Mei Lin on “Giant clams in Singapore: Past, Present, and Future” 11 November 2013
- Nalini on an Early Mobility Postdoctoral Fellowship with Scott Pitnick at Syracuse University 7 November 2013
- Thursday, 14 Nov 2013, 7.00pm @ UHall Audi: Jan van Tol on “The ICZN and the Biodiversity Informatics Infrastructure” 7 November 2013
- Thu, 14 Nov 2013, 10.30am @ Utown Audi 3: Roger Kjelgren on “Ecophysiological considerations in selecting trees for tropical urban environments” 7 November 2013
- Sungei Buloh celebrates 20 years: Join in the festivities with Toddycats this Saturday 7 December 2013! 4 December 2013
- Toddycats’ second Love MacRitchie Walk for NUS: colugos, whip snake, bearded dragons and slender squirrels! 24 November 2013
- Siltation at Venus Loop stream; feedback and action to prevent damage to nature reserves 24 November 2013
- Toddycats share their Love of MacRitchie, with a walk in the forest with NUS, 19 Oct 2013 11 November 2013
- Howl at the Moon 6 with Subaraj Rajathurai and Tony O’Dempsey! 4 November 2013
- Love MacRitchie Walks for NUS – three 2-hour Saturday morning walks from 19 Oct 2013 10 October 2013
- “Forget not our Living Forest” – botanist Joseph Lai unveils an entourage of enthralling forest denizens! Thu 17 Oct 2013: 6.30pm @ NUS LT25 9 October 2013
- Toddycats Engage! for MacRitchie at Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium 2013 1 October 2013
- Raffles Museum Toddycats and friends clear 1.5 tonnes of marine debris for ICCS 2013 24 September 2013
- Ready to tackle the Kranji East Mangrove coastal cleanup this Saturday? 16 September 2013
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Alfred Wallace, co-discoverer of the modern theory of evolution and explorer extraordinaire has a strong connection with Singapore. While working in Singapore in the mid-1800s, he made numerous collections of animals from the island as well as recorded many interesting facts about the natural history here. His passion for natural history and love for discovery is a spirit shared by staff and students of the new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in National University of Singapore. It is therefore appropriate that we support this important exercise to erect a timely memorial to a man who has become an icon for so many biologists in Southeast Asia. Barry Clarke, a long-time resident working in Singapore who loves natural history and a Wallace fan at heart, has kindly volunteered to lead fund-raising campaign to raise the necessary capital to build a statue of the great man at the new museum to honor his many accomplishments. We are therefore delighted to partner him to see this dream realised!
Prof Peter Ng
Director, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research
The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 29, a special volume by G. W. H. Davison, D. R. Wells & H. S. Yong (editors) in honour of the 80th birthday of Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, 5th Earl of Cranbrook, has been published. Articles are available for free download here)
The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 28 on the Methods for detecting and surveying tropical carnivores (Editors: Jerrold L. Belant & Andreas Wilting) has been published. Articles are available for free download here)
The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 27 by Maurice Kottelat, on the fishes of the inland waters of Southeast Asia, is now available for download here
The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature is the international body responsible for the effective use and implementation of scientific names for animals. The Commission publishes the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature which dictates how animals are to be named and used, including the publication of rulings (called Opinions) on scientific names.
Hitherto, the Commission was funded through the International Trust on Zoological Nomenclature, which has since run out of money.
Recognising the vital function of the Commission to science in general, and to zoology in particular, the Office of the Deputy President (Research and Technology) of National University of Singapore, with support from the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research is organising and hosting a meeting of the Commission in NUS from 17–20 November 2013. The journals Nature and Science have both provided excellent online news coverage on the meeting, and discuss the major challenges that face the Commission.
The University has also agreed to fund a Singapore-based secretariat for the next three years. Professor Barry Halliwell, NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology), says that “Singapore and the surrounding Southeast Asian region are enormously rich in animal life, with new species being discovered weekly. NUS has for many years conducted excellent research on biology and biodiversity, and how it will be affected by environmental changes; and we therefore recognise the importance of the zoological commission and its activities. We are proud to host the secretariat of the ICZN.”
The NUS commitment to support the Commission for the next three years will allow the Commission to tackle nomenclatural issues related to the wider scientific community, as well as organisational issues which will determine its future.
The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) and the Biodiversity Informatics Infrastructure: 14 November 2013, 7:00pm–8:00pm
The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature is proud to present the free public talk:
The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) and the Biodiversity Informatics Infrastructure
Date: 14 November 2013 Time: 7:00pm–8:00pm Venue: University Hall Auditorium, National University of Singapore, Lee Kong Chian Wing Level 2, Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077
About the Talk:
What rules govern the way animals are named?
Who makes and enforces these rules?
Why are these rules still relevant for science today?
One of the most important components of the biodiversity informatics infrastructure is the taxonomic backbone. All biological information is related to species concepts. As biologists use species names to communicate species concepts, a reliable framework for species names is instrumental for sharing knowledge in biology. The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature has provided a legal infrastructure since the early 20th century, and now endeavours to expand its services to the zoological community with a central registration system called ZooBank. The initiatives and challenges to build a robust digital infrastructure for biological information are discussed.
About the Speaker:
Dr. JAN VAN TOL specialises in in the Odonata (dragonflies), especially the family Platystictidae. His current research interests are the taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of the Odonata of Southeast Asia. He is based at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.
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“Forget not our Living Forest” – botanist Joseph Lai unveils an entourage of enthralling forest denizens! Thu 17 Oct 2013: 6.30pm @ NUS LT25
Raffles Museum Toddycats & Cicada Tree Eco-Place are pleased to present this free public talk:
“Forget Not Our Living Forest” by Joseph Lai, botanist
About the talk
Timeless and priceless beyond imagination, our living forest lives and breathes for us, providing us with a green lung and enriching our lives with a vessel of flora and fauna that is so intricately diverse and rich. Forget Not Our Living Forest seeks to reconnect us with, and re-energise our appreciation for the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, our natural heritage, set in the heart of our island.
Veteran botanist Joseph Lai will unravel the priceless denizens of the forest, carefully and painstakingly assembled from years of appreciative observations. Never before have you seen such an enthralling ensemble of forest denizens and feel the life of a living forest, uniquely near our doorstep in Singapore!
Thanks to Joseph Lai for use of the images.
For more information, visit http://lovemacritchie.wordpress.com/forget-not-our-living-forest-talks