Anna Lagerstroem

Human-tiger conflicts in Sumatra – using data modeling to tailor management response

Human-tiger conflicts in Sumatra – using data modeling to tailor management response

“The most important thing when working with human-tiger conflicts, as well as other conflicts involving humans and predatory animals attacks, is to work collaboratively and to prepare the local communities in how to deal with or mitigate conflict situations. This human-tiger conflict risk map will help prioritize areas and enable more effective use of the limited resources available”, says ASE PhD candidate Muhammad Irfansyah Lubis, lead author of a new paper published in the journal Animal Conservation.
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Lights out for muddy water coral reefs as global sea level rises?

Lights out for muddy water coral reefs as global sea level rises?

Although the impacts of climate-related coral bleaching are well documented, knowledge of how sea level rise will influence reefs is limited. Global sea level rise (SLR) will present a major threat to turbid coral reefs, located in shallow coastal waters, by increasing the depth of water covering them, and reducing the amount of sunlight available on the seafloor. This will change the amount of habitat available for certain corals to grow, shows a new study led by ASE Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow and AXA Research Fellow Dr Kyle Morgan published last week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
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Testing wastewater supports monitoring of COVID-19 in Singapore

Testing wastewater supports monitoring of COVID-19 in Singapore

ASE/SCELSE Associate Professor Janelle Thompson is leading a team of scientists from NTU-SCELSE working with the NEA Environmental Health Institute to monitor the presence of the virus causing COVID-19 (SARS‐COV‐2) in wastewater in Singapore. Measuring the presence of virus in wastewater is not only cost effective but could also help trace new outbreaks at an early stage. Read more

Accelerating sea level rise could drown mangroves 30 years from now unless carbon emissions are cut

Accelerating sea level rise could drown mangroves 30 years from now unless carbon emissions are cut

A recent publication in Science, co-authored by ASE chair/EOS PI Prof Benjamin Horton, shows that  vast areas of mangroves are under threat from sea level rise, which may cause the mangroves to drown by 2050 unless we curb climate change by cutting carbon emissions. The study surveyed 78 sites in the tropics and subtropics around the globe, using paleorecords of mangrove growth and sea level rise to predict the future of these ecologically and economically important ecosystems. Read more

New opinion piece by Profs Horton and Horton in Today Online: Can we pass the green test post Covid-19?

New opinion piece by Profs Horton and Horton in Today Online: Can we pass the green test post Covid-19?

Could the pandemic offer an opportunity for humankind to hit the reset button and address the environmental crisis and the climate emergency? This is what ASE Chair Prof Benjamin Horton and his father Peter Horton, Emeritus Professor at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield, suggest in an opinion piece in Today Online. Read more

Volcanic crystals reveal time scale of volcanic plumbing system processes

Volcanic crystals reveal time scale of volcanic plumbing system processes

Time scales of volcanic processes leading up to a volcanic eruption is a key part of the puzzle to predict volcanic eruptions, and this is the special interest of ASE Assoc Prof and EOS Interim Director Fidel Costa. In a recent article in Nature Reviews Earth and Environment, he outlines the technique of diffusion chronometry, where volcanic crystals are used as time capsules that, for those who know how to read them, can reveal the time scale of underground magmatic processes of a volcano. Read more

New NRF Fellow Asst Prof Perrine Hamel uses nature to design sustainable cities

New NRF Fellow Asst Prof Perrine Hamel uses nature to design sustainable cities

As a densely populated city on a small island, Singapore is no stranger to urban planning; on the contrary, it has been a key part of the growth of Singapore, enabling housing of an increasing population and growing industry while still preserving sizeable green areas. Read more

Whittaker Distinguished Ecologist Award 2020 to Prof David Wardle

Whittaker Distinguished Ecologist Award 2020 to Prof David Wardle

Congratulations to ASE Professor David Wardle, who has been announced as the 2020 recipient of the Whittaker Distinguished Ecologist award from the Ecological Society of America (ESA). The Whittaker Award recognizes an ecologist with an outstanding record of contributions in ecology who is not a U.S. citizen and who resides outside the United States. Read more

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