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Tier 1 grant to Asst Prof Adriana Lopes for studying the marine ecology of Singapore waters
Are you a fan of chili crab? Seafood is the basis of many of Singapore’s signature dishes, and what a privilege it is to be able to enjoy fresh, local seafood. But how is the marine environment that produces this seafood affected by human development? We know that the ever-growing human population is increasing pressure on the coastal (and oceanic) waters of Singapore, but scientists don’t know very much about the organisms and processes that underpin these ecosystems in the waters surrounding Singapore. Luckily, that is now changing, with a Tier 1 grant to ASE’s Asst Prof Adriana Lopes to set up biomonitoring programs to keep track of the organisms at the basis of the marine food chain – plankton. Planktonic communities are the pillar of all aquatic ecosystems and therefore the backbone of environmental monitoring programs. Using well-established methods, Asst Prof Lopes will unveil the communities of marine plankton, and use that information to access the environmental impact of anthropogenic activities on the quality and status of Singapore coastal waters and marine ecosystems. Monitoring the health of coastal systems is an important part of the future challenge of sustainable coastal management so that we will be able to continue enjoying the services they provide, such as seafood, water supply, power generation and recreation, also in the future.
By Anna Lagerstroem and Adriana Lopes