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Christmas Island Red Exhibition Launch


Before the Christmas long weekend, we held the official launch of our new exhibition, Christmas Island Red! Our Guest of Honour for the exhibition launch was Mr. Bruce Gosper, the Australian High Commissioner. Mr. Gosper, along with Polish Ambassador Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz, NUS senior management, donors, and distinguished guests were given a tour of the Biodiversity

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Simon Cragg


Today’s feature is on Dr. Simon Cragg, a Professor of Marine Zoology from the University of Portsmouth. Dr. Cragg is currently on sabbatical leave, and has spent the last four months here at LKCNHM working on marine wood borers. Marine wood borers are marine animals (such as crustaceans and molluscs) that live in, and consume

Visiting Scientist(s) Feature: Carcinologist Edition (Part Two!)


This November, the labs at LKCNHM were bustling with activity from visitors whom we have had the pleasure of hosting. After the recent feature on visiting entomologists, we are back with another feature – this time on carcinologists! Their work has been most fruitful and we expect a windfall of scientific publications (and other goodies)

Visiting Scientists Feature – Entomologist Edition


After the previous mammologist and carcinologist features, we are back with a feature on visiting entomologists! Our guests this time were a trio of dipterists: Dr. Keith Bayless from the California Academy of Sciences, as well as Dr. Dalton de Souza Amorim and Dr. Vera Cristina Silva from Sao Paulo State University. They were here to

Job Opportunity: Museum Officers


22 November 2017   LEE KONG CHIAN NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM FACULTY OF SCIENCE, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE TWO (2) MUSEUM OFFICER POSITIONS AVAILABLE   The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) of the National University of Singapore invites applications to fill up to two (2) Museum Officer positions. The successful candidates must be highly

Rocking Fun at LKCNHM Carnival


The rainy weather two weeks ago got us on the edge of our seats all week long, as the Fun Rocks @ LKCNHM carnival was to be held over the weekend. Thankfully, the skies cleared up on the day of the carnival! Our Guest of Honour for the carnival was Minister of Education (Higher Education

Snakeheads: bringing order into identification chaos


As the protagonists of a number of horror B-movies snakehead fishes have been portrayed as highly aggressive and voracious predators, capable to hunt down their prey in the water and on land. Scientifically snakeheads are a small group of only 38 recognized species with an interesting biology, whose identification has been notoriously difficult having resulted

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Tran Anh Duc


Last week, we hosted Dr. Tran Anh Duc from the Hanoi University of Science. Dr. Tran is an entomologist focusing on aquatic and semi-aquatic true bugs, with a career spanning 15 years. Dr. Tran is no stranger to LKCNHM, having pursued his PhD under the advisory of the Head of the Museum, Prof. Peter Ng.

Research Highlights – Singapore Swamp Skink (New Species)


For the past two decades, herpetologists had been unsure about the taxonomic status of a diminutive freshwater swamp-dwelling skink from Singapore. It had been known as ‘Sphenomorphus sp.’, and then as ‘Tytthoscincus cf. sibuensis’, as it resembles Tytthoscincus sibuensis from neighbouring Johor in Malaysia. However, latest research published in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology (click

Christmas (Island) in September


Christmas has come early once again for LKCNHM this year. In September, a team from the Museum embarked on a two-week trip to Christmas Island for fieldwork, and have brought back with them a treasure trove of new specimens and, of course, interesting stories of adventure and discovery. The LKCNHM team comprised Museum Head Peter