Mandai mangrove and mudflat workshop, 31 Aug 2013

Venue: LT25, Department of Biological Sciences, NUS. See:

Five minute research highlight presentations.

Early bird coffee, 8.00am – 9.00 am

I – Introduction, 9.00am – 9.15am by Peter Ng and Sivasothi

II – Flora of Mandai, 9.15am – 10.15am

  • “An update on mangrove associates of our Mandai mangroves and other salient floristic observations,” by John Yong.
  • “Is there a distribution of mangrove species across a surface elevation gradient?” By Rick Leong, Dan Friess, Lee Wei Kit, Edward L. Webb.
  • “Propagule productivity of Mandai mangrove.” by Benjamin Lee, Rickson Tan, Dan Friess, Edward L. Webb. [Presented by Edward L. Webb]
  • “Pollination biology of Bruguiera species in Mandai,” by Alison Wee and Edward L. Webb.
  • “Tiny but mighty Beccarii: A Seagrass of the Mangroves at Mandai,” by Ria Tan, Siti Maryam Yaakub & Andy Dinesh.
  • “Species diversity and zonation in Mandai mangrove: the work of DH Murphy from the 1980’s,” by N. Sivasothi.

Tea Break, 10.15am – 11.00am

III – Fauna of Mandai I, 11.00am – 12.30pm

  • “Systematics & ecology of mangrove crabs in Singapore,” by Ng Ngan Kee and Peter Ng.
  • “Studies of mangrove crab ecology,” by N. Sivasothi.
  • “The function of colourful facial bands in Perisesarma mangrove crabs.,” by Peter Todd.
  • “Population and abundance of mangrove horseshoe crab in the tidal streams of Mandai Kechil system,” by Germaine Leng & N. Sivasothi.
  • “Tracking studies of the mangrove crab C. rotundicauda,” by Vanitha J, Lesley Cartwright-Taylor, Harn Hua Ng, Ter Yang Goh.
  • “Foraging patterns and spatial and temporal distribution of mangrove horseshoe crabs Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda,” by Ong Hui Yun & Chua Ming Shan, Wang Shu Fang, Zhang Yue, Laura Yap, Linus Mak.
  • “A research update of the Nature Society (Singapore)’s horseshoe crabs rescue & research programme,” Kerry Mervyn Pereira, Hsu Chia Chi & Lesley Cartwright-Taylor.

Lunch, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

IV – Fauna of Mandai II, 1.30pm – 2.30pm

  • “Update on the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey at Mandai,” by Koh Kwan Siong
  • “The insects of Mandai mangrove: the work of DH Murphy,” by N. Sivasothi
  • Pornothemis starrei, that rare back mangrove specialist dragonfly of Mandai,” by Robin Ngiam.
  • “The birds of Mandai,” Benjamin Lee & NS Sodhi.
  • “Study on the importance and interdependence of Mandai Mudflats as a feeding ground for migratory shorebirds and SBWR as their high tide roost,” by Alan Owyong.
  • “Giant bivalves in the back mangroves: Geloina spp. (Corbiculidae),” by Claire Keung Ka Yee.

V – Geomorphology of Mandai, 2.30pm – 3.00pm

  • “Terrestrial Laser Scanning of mangrove roots for wave attenuation studies,” by Issac Low & Dan Friess.
  • “Factors affecting sedimentation in Mandai Mangroves,” by Rachel Oh, Dan Friess, Edward L. Webb.
  • “Long-term surface elevation change and vulnerability to Sea Level Rise,” Dan Friess, Lee Wei Kit & Edward L. Webb.

Tea Break II – 3.00pm – 3.45pm

VI – Management of Mandai, 3.45pm – 5.00pm 

  • “A summary of the threats facing Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat,” by Dan Friess.
  • “Integrated Risk Assessment of Chemicals in Mangroves: Mandai’s experience,” by Stephane Bayen.
  • “Assessing the health of lokan clams (Polymesoda expansa) at Mandai using biomarkers,” by Guillaume Juhel.
  • “Ecological questions for the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore in Mandai,” by N. Sivasothi.
  • “Managing Mandai: a strategy by Clive Briffett,” by Dan Friess.
  • “Mandai Mangroves: A Link to the Green Corridor,” by Leong Kwok Peng.
  • “Legal frameworks for mangrove conservation: a Mandai case study,” by Vina Dharmarajah & Lye Lin Heng.
  • Wrap up discussion on Mandai, future work and questions

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