Dr Hendrik Freitag, an ecologist with AQUA Palawana (the Aquatic Biodiversity Research Project on the Philippine Island of Palawan) was on a visiting attachment to the RMBR in June 2007 to conduct collaborative work on freshwater decapod crustaceans of Palawan.
Photo by Tan Heok Hui.
Dr Hendrik Freitag visited the RMBR in June 2007 with partial support from the museum’s visiting attachment programme, and was hosted by RMBR Research Associate, Dr Darren Yeo. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher with the “AQUA Palawana” project (Aquatic Biodiversity Research Project on the Philippine Island of Palawan), mainly under the International Research Institute of Entomology (Museum of Natural History Vienna).
He obtained his PhD from the Institute of Zoology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and specialises in conservation and freshwater ecology. Since 2000, his research has centred mainly round Palawan Island, Philippines, a region of very high biodiversity and therefore great scientific interest. His extensive fieldwork investigating the poorly-known freshwater macroinvertebrate communities there have resulted in the publication of several scientific papers on ecology and taxonomy of aquatic insects and decapod crustaceans.
The objective of this visit was to carry out collaborative research on various groups of freshwater decapods crustaceans. The main collaborators during this visit were Drs Tohru Naruse and Darren Yeo and Prof Peter Ng (on freshwater crabs); and Dr Cai Yixiong (on freshwater prawns). Work was carried out primarily at the Zoological Reference Collection (ZRC) of the RMBR. The visit was a fruitful one with the drafting of at several scientific papers describing new species of freshwater decapod crustaceans. In addition, Hendrik presented a seminar on his research in Palawan on Tue 3 July 2007 at the Dept. Biol. Sciences, NUS.
By Darren Yeo.