Free Talk! Walk on the Wild Side: Marine Conservation in Singapore

Date September 18, 2009

Copper-banded (Long-beaked) ButterflyfishDate: 26 Sep, Saturday
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Venue: Tampines Regional Library, Auditorium (Level 3)
Speaker: Mr Jeffrey Low
Language: English
Admission is free. No registration or reservation is needed.

Singapore is well known as a “Garden City”, but there is  another “garden” that most people do not see that exists just off shore. Singapore’s coastal and marine habitats still holds many surprises for the intrepid explorer. From spineless, spiny creatures to back-boned, shelled air breathers, there is a bounty of the weird and wonderful awaiting the urbanite that dares venture the confines of the concrete jungle.

In recent years, a small but growing number of conservationists have been using digital age tools to further the cause of conservation in Singapore. Armed with multi?tasking cameras and the ability to wake at pre?dawn hours, they recount their mini?expeditions to unknown shores through the use of blogs and other internet media, providing a rich tapestry of stories about their encounters.

As nature-starved Singaporeans begin to appreciate their own natural heritage, the opportunities for discovery and positive action abound, from the shores of the mainland to the islands south of Singapore.

Serpent coralAbout the Speaker
Jeffrey has worked on many coral reef and marine-related projects as a Research Assistant with NUS. He joined NParks in 2003, and is tasked with overseeing development and marine conservation issues in the islands south of Singapore. An experienced scuba diver with over 2000 dives, he has dived not only Singapore, but also in many parts of Asia. He is an active guide and trainer with the Blue Water Volunteers, a local marine conservation NGO, in their Reef Walk, Reef Friends and Reef Xplore! programmes. He has also co-authored a Singapore Science Centre guidebook Common Marine Fishes of Singapore, wasa research writer for the ASEANAREAN Expedition series: The Marine Parks of Thailand (1997), as well as the principal underwater photographer for the Marine Parks of Indonesia expedition (1999). He holds a Masters of Science degree, and is currently pursuing avenues to be “Permanently head-Damaged” (PhD).

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