Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Reconstructing a Sperm Whale’s Tale

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Reconstructing a Sperm Whale’s Tale


Four years after a female sperm whale was found dead in Singapore waters, scientists are starting to put the pieces together to reconstruct the story of how she got to be there. Discovered off Jurong Island in July 2015, she was the first (and only) sperm whale sighting that has been recorded here till date.

Visiting Scientist Feature: Ms. Umilaela Arifin


We recently welcomed a new visitor to the museum! Ms. Umilaela Arifin, a PhD student at the University of Hamburg, Germany, has been studying the phylogenetic systematics (evolutionary relationships between organisms) and biogeography of adult and larval torrent frogs over the past few years. Torrent frogs (or cascade frogs)—as their name suggests—are often found in

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Alexander Ziegler


Last week, we welcomed a new visitor to the museum! Hailing from the University of Bonn in Germany, Dr. Alexander Ziegler studies sea urchins as well as other marine invertebrates. In particular, his research focuses on the internal anatomy of sea urchins. Dr. Ziegler at his workstation in one of our research labs. Traditionally, researchers

Visiting Scientist(s) Feature: Dr. Niel Bruce, Ms. Helen Wong, and Ms. Conni Sidabalok


We’re back after the Lunar New Year break with a feature on visiting carcinologists! These crustacean researchers are no strangers to the museum, having worked with us on various projects over the years. (From left) Dr. Niel Bruce, Ms. Conni Sidabalok, and Ms. Helen Wong looking at an isopod specimen in one of our research

Visiting Scientist(s) Feature – The van der Poortens (Part 2)


After 10 months, the van der Poortens have visited us again! Previously, they were here to examine butterflies from the WA Fleming collection, and explore options for further imaging work (click here to read more). Dr. George van der Poorten and Mrs. Nancy van der Poorten in one of our prep labs. The van der Poortens

Visiting Scientist Feature: Mr. Hirozumi Kobayashi


This week, we welcomed our first research visitor for the year – Mr. Hirozumi Kobayashi! It’s his first visit to LKCNHM, and he came with Dr. Tohru Naruse, who is an old friend of the museum. 🙂 Mr. Hirozumi Kobayashi (left), with Prof. Peter Ng (middle), and Dr. Tohru Naruse (right) in the LKCNHM research

Visiting Scientist Feature – Mr. Bruce Jenkins


This week, we have a new visitor here at LKCNHM! Mr. Bruce Jenkins is a research associate from the Australian Museum in Sydney, focusing on the study of Malacology (i.e., molluscs and other shellfish). An avid shell-collector as a teenager, Mr. Jenkins began his career as a research assistant at the Australian Museum in the

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Yao Chiou-Ju


Last week, we welcomed a new visitor to the museum! Dr. Yao Chiou-Ju is an ornithologist (i.e., person who studies birds) from the National Museum of Natural Science (NMNS) in Taichung, Taiwan. Dr. Yao examining grey nightjar specimens in our Zoological Reference Collection. She is currently working on uncovering the identity of five grey nightjar

Visiting Scientist Feature – Mr. Muhammad Masrur Islami


Hello! We are back again with another visiting scientist feature – this time, on Mr. Muhammad Masrur Islami, a research associate from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Ambon, Indonesia. Mr. Masrur is collaborating with our curator, Mr. Tan Siong Kiat, and Dr. Tan Koh Siang from the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) to

Fun Facts: All About Reptiles


Today (October 21) is Reptile Awareness Day! On this day, we would like to shed light on four uncommon facts about our scaly friends. 😉 1. Not all snakes swallow their prey whole Contrary to popular belief, some snakes rip their prey into smaller pieces instead of swallowing them whole. Scientists observed this unusual behaviour