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

Wallace & Ali Statue Launch

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Wallace & Ali Statue Launch


After months of hard work and preparation, last Friday we officially unveiled the latest addition to our museum! A statue of British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace and Ali, his trusted assistant, now stands in front of our museum. Crafted by students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, the statue celebrates Wallace and Ali’s explorations

Untangling the Knotted Identities of Commercially Important Swimming Crabs


Are you sure the seafood you are consuming is what it says on the label or the menu? In 2015, a survey of Atlantic blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) meat sold in supermarkets and restaurants in Maryland, USA, revealed that nearly 50% of the products tested were from totally different, non-Atlantic species. DNA barcoding matched a

Visit by Professor Tommy Koh and Diplomats from 22 Countries


We are honoured to have hosted Prof. Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, H.E. James Sinclair Manley, Ambassador from Chile; and diplomats from 21 other countries all over the world during their visit here recently. They enjoyed a tour of our gallery and new bicentennial exhibition,

‘200: a natural history’ Exhibition Launch


We held the official launch of our new exhibition, ‘200: a natural history’, on 3 June. Held in conjunction with Singapore’s Bicentennial activities, the exhibition highlights significant events and stories in the past 200 years of Singapore’s natural history. Our Guest of Honour for the exhibition launch was Ms. Grace Fu, the Minister for Culture,

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