Biography

I am an avian ecologist and evolutionary biologist whose research focuses primarily on the biogeography, evolution, and conservation of the birds of Southeast Asia. I am particularly interested in the drivers and inhibitors of diversification in island systems, and how gene flow between proximate and distant populations affect the speciation process. Much of my work centres around integrating the use of natural history collections, vouchered tissue samples, geospatial datasets, and modern genomic techniques.

I also study the factors influencing bird-building collisions in Southeast Asia, and am interested in exploring the ecological and co-evolutionary interactions between birds and other taxa, especially between birds and their ectoparasites.

I am currently a PhD student with the Andersen Lab at the University of New Mexico and the Museum of Southwestern Biology.

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Interests
  • Island Biogeography
  • Avian Evolution
  • Landscape Genomics
Education
  • BSc (Hons) in Life Sciences, specialisation in Environmental Biology, 2015

    National University of Singapore

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(2020). A comprehensive assessment of diversity loss in a well-documented tropical insect fauna: Almost half of Singapore's butterfly species extirpated in 160 years. Biological Conservation.

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(2020). Managing oil palm plantations more sustainably: large-scale experiments within the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Programme. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change.

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(2018). Novel genome and genome-wide SNPs reveal early fragmentation effects in an edge-tolerant songbird population across an urbanized tropical metropolis. Scientific Reports.

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(2017). Anthropogenic Sources of Non-Migratory Avian Mortalities In Singapore. The International Journal of Tropical Veterinary and Biomedical Research.

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(2017). Migratory bird collisions with man-made structures in South-East Asia: a case study from Singapore. BirdingASIA.

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(2015). DNA reveals long-distance partial migratory behavior in a cryptic owl lineage. Avian Research.

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