Undergraduate Honors students

Aleena Kua
Salinity and nutrient thresholds to mangrove seedling growth

My research is examining the effect of salinity and soil conditions on the growth of Avicennia alba seedlings. This is achieved by measuring growth parameters of seedlings in various salinity regimes and nutrient levels through a 120-day mesocosm experiment conducted in Singapore in a bid to provide further understanding to aid in future mangrove rehabilitation efforts.      

Seah Li Yi
Mangrove leaf litter decomposition

​My research aims to examine the influence of microbial activity on the decomposition rates of mangrove leaves, and also to quantify the rates in which carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus are leached into the seawater. This is a lab based experiment, with senescent leaves submerged in seawater and analyzed over 90 days. It is hoped that this study will contribute to knowledge of the role of mangroves as a nutrient source.
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Previous Honors students
Teo Rui Xiang (2016)
Mapping mangrove deforestation due to oil palm in north Sumatra, Indonesia
I mapped the status of mangroves along the north coast of Sumatra from 1990 to 2016. North Sumatra lost approximately 11000 ha of mangroves over this time period, mostly due to oil palm.
Fang Ruoming (2016)
Monitoring mangrove deforestation in the Mahakam Delta using Systems Dynamics
I used the Systems Dynamics framework to model the processes that contribute to mangrove deforestation in Indonesian Borneo
Ong Wei Bin (2015)
Measuring microclimate regulation in Mandai mangrove
I undertook a novel experiment to show that Mandai mangrove can cool local microclimates by as much as 3 degrees Celsius. This is an important but under-researched ecosystem service.
Zheng Zhangxin (2015)
Cultural ecosystem services of mangroves in Singapore
I interviewed visitors to a number of mangroves across Singapore to understand their motivations and how much they would be willing to pay for mangrove conservation.
Lee Min Lin (2015)
Participatory mapping of cultural ecosystem services on Pulau Ubin, Singapore
I used participatory mapping to understand people's perception towards different parts of  Pulau Ubin.  I hope my research will help to make informed decisions regarding future development.
Leon Gaw (2014)
Mapping mangrove deforestation in southern Myanmar
 I mapped mangrove loss in Tanintharyi Myanmar using remote sensing. The results are being used by our NGO partner to provide recommendations for coastal management policies in Myanmar.
Tan Xiao Yi  (2014)
Mangrove deforestation in Singapore and southern Malaysia
My honours thesis involves utilizing historical photographs and maps, remotely-sensed imagery (e.g. landsat, Pleiades) and GIS to identify changes in mangrove cover in Singapore and Southern Johor
Leong Mun Kidd (2014)
Impacts of oil spills on mangroves in southern Singapore
I monitored several aspects of the mangrove ecosystem in order to assess impact and recovery after an oil spill on Pulau Semakau, southern Singapore.
Chewng Wenzhao (2013)
Community approaches to coastal management in Thailand
I studied community-based coastal management in Bangkok and their impact on the protection of the shoreline at different scales.
Isaac Low  (2012)
3D terrestrial laser scanning of mangrove root structures
I used novel 3D Terrestrial Laser Scanning to characterize surface and vegetation roughness in Mandai mangrove with changing water height.