The Biodiversity Crew @ NUS

PhD Defense Seminar cum Oral Examination

“Connectivity of coral populations within the Singapore Strait”

Speaker: Tay Ywee Chieh (Graduate Student, Dept. of Biological Sciences, NUS)

Date: 26 November 2012, Monday

Time: 10am

Venue: DBS Conference Room (S3 Level 5) #05-01

Supervisor: Asst Prof Peter Alan, Todd

Co-supervisor: Prof Chou Loke Ming




The marine environment is a dynamic system that facilitates movement of organisms between populations, a process required for sustaining healthy communities and ensuring their continued propagation. In this study, I examined the predicted and realized connectivity patterns, and the genetic diversity of coral populations within the Singapore Strait. Using different tools, e.g. hydrological simulations and genetic markers, this study aimed to (1) enhance our knowledge on coral population dynamics, and (2) assess the long-term viability of the populations. The population genetics of two hard coral species with different reproductive strategies, Platygyra sinensis and Pocillopora damicornis, were…

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