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Visiting Scientist Feature – Dr. Michael Gates

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Visiting Scientist Feature – Dr. Michael Gates


Earlier this week, we hosted Dr. Michael Gates, research entomologist with the Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); he is also an adjunct scientist at the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Gates is an expert in the study of parasitoid wasps from the order Hymenoptera, having 23 years of research experience

Visiting Scientist Feature – Dr. James Rosindell


Recently, Dr. James Rosindell from the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London dropped by for a quick visit! Dr. Rosindell is a biodiversity theorist with a research focus on evolutionary biology. He is currently supervising a PhD student (Ricky Gumbs) who is working on a database of venomous snakes all over the world.

Visiting Scientist(s) Feature – Dr. Daisy Wowor and Dr. Win Mar


Dr. Daisy Wowor (left) and Dr. Win Mar (right) examining freshwater shrimp specimens in the LKCNHM research lab. Over the past three weeks, we have been hosting Dr. Daisy Wowor and Dr. Win Mar, who are both here to work on freshwater decapod crustaceans. Dr. Wowor is a Senior Researcher at the Research Centre for

Visiting Scientists Feature: Ichthyologist Edition


Recently, we hosted ichthyologists Dr. Helen Larson and Dr. Kevin Conway. Dr. Larson is an old friend of the museum, having visited numerous times prior. On the other hand, this is Dr. Conway’s first visit to LKCNHM, despite having ties to the museum as an Associate Editor for the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. During their

Visiting Scientists Feature: Students from the Iligan Institute of Technology


Over two weeks following the CNY holidays, the LKCNHM research lab was ablaze with the enthusiasm and lively chatter from a group of graduate students from the Iligan Institute of Technology, Mindanao State University, in the Philippines. The exuberant group of four—Ms. Meriam M. Rubio, Ms. Ziljih S. Molina, Mr. Jemateo B. Neri, and Ms.

Visiting Scientists Feature: The van der Poortens


Last Tuesday, renowned butterfly experts George and Nancy van der Poorten dropped by the museum for a quick visit! The van der Poortens have been commissioned to undertake the revision, and production of a 5th edition of the book – Corbet and Pendlebury’s ‘The Butterflies of the Malay Peninsula’. The 4th edition of the book was

Visiting Scientist Feature: Mr. Halmi Insani


Last week, we hosted Mr. Halmi Insani, a PhD student at Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute. Halmi is working on identifying all non-human primates (living and fossilised) in Southeast Asia, as part of his thesis on the evolution and adaptation of primates. One of the primate fossils to be identified was excavated from Java, Indonesia

Visiting Scientist Feature: The Earl of Cranbrook


Before the Lunar New Year, we hosted a very special guest – the Earl of Cranbrook! The Earl is a long-time friend of the museum, having popped by numerous times since his first research visit in 1956 – way back when he was better known to biologists here as Lord Medway. This time, his visit is

An ‘Out of the Blue’ Tour of LKCNHM


Ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes here at LKCNHM? Last Saturday, for the first time ever, five lucky winners and their friends had an exclusive look into our museum collections as part of a 2-hour guided tour. Their guide? Our very own Head of the Museum, Prof. Peter Ng! The five lucky winners were chosen

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Rowland Shelley


Last Friday, we hosted Dr. Rowland Shelley, an expert on millipedes and tropical centipedes, with a research career of almost half a century (47 years). Dr. Shelley is retired but still active as an adjunct professor at the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee, and a research associate at the