Fifteen ANU students and 3 NTU students spent the last 2 weeks doing research projects for the BIol3303 Advanced Field Studies in Functional Ecology course in Singapore and Malaysia. Staff from both ANU and NTU (School of Biological Sciences and Asian School of the Environment) were involved. A shout out to Wes Keys, Ali Catling, Yuzhen Fan, Nur Bahar, Owen Atkin and Patrick Meir who all contributed.
Our study sites were:
The island of Pulau Ubin off the north coast of Singapore, home to Singapore’s last fishing village and an interesting combination of vegetation types with different land use histories.
The Bukit Timah forest reserve in central Singapore where we explored the primary and secondary rainforests of the reserves and explored respiration, light responses, and functional traits of primary and secondary forest species
The spectacular Endau Rompin National Park Malaysia (a block of rainforest about the same size as the island of Singapore) where we brought our functional ecology skills to a research project on Syzygium species that was led by our colleagues at NTU (Victor Albert) and Singapore Botanic Garden (Low Yee Wen)
We ended the course on a high note with the students presenting flash talks on 9 of our projects to staff from the two NTU schools and special visitor Ms Fiona Lampard from the Australian High Commission in Singapore. Once we’ve finished unpacking and caught up on our sleep we’ll start discussions with our NTU partners about what the next steps in developing this program will be. They are keen to start planning the next iteration.
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