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The Road to RIMBA (IV) – In the Field

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The Road to RIMBA (IV) – In the Field


This post is the last of a four-part series documenting the inaugural RIMBA-Sarawak project expedition. View of Sungai Engkari from the landing point at Nanga Segerak Field Station. Photo credit: LKCNHM. After an exhilarating journey on wheels and longboat, the LKCNHM team have reached the Nanga Segerak Field Station. This is where the actual work

The Road to RIMBA III – Journey


This post is the third of a four-part series documenting the inaugural LKCNHM RIMBA-Sarawak project expedition, reported by the expedition leader Hwang Wei Song. Storm clouds gathering above as we crossed Batang Ai Reservoir, Sarawak. Photo credit: LKCNHM. Following a final intense month of preparation, the LKCNHM team were finally en route to our field

The Road to RIMBA II: Pre-Departure Preparations


This post is the second of a four-part series documenting the inaugural LKCNHM RIMBA-Sarawak project expedition. A sample of the equipment brought into the field. Photo credit: LKCNHM One of the stress points of the expedition occurs before departure – during the pre-trip preparation phase. Knowing the right amount of equipment to bring, fore-seeing all

The Road to RIMBA I: Preface


Longboat journey up Sungai Engkari towards Nanga Segerak research station. Photo credit: LKCNHM. Last October, a team from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) embarked on a 3-week field expedition to the depths of the Sarawak rainforests of Malaysian Borneo, as part of the RIMBA-Sarawak collaborative project between the museum (NUS) and Sarawak

Small Amounts, Massive Damage – The Effect of Selective Logging on Fish Biodiversity


Researchers have found that selective logging has the same harmful impacts on freshwater fish biodiversity as total deforestation, despite lesser trees being removed from the rainforest. The results of the study, published last week in the journal Biological Conservation, surprised even the researchers, which included Dr. Tan Heok Hui from LKCNHM and Dr. Darren Yeo

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

Stories from Christmas Island (I) – The elusive Labuanium vitatum


This post is part of a new series featuring stories from LKCNHM’s Christmas Island expeditions (for more information, click here). Somewhere in Christmas Island resides a cryptic tree-climbing crab (Labuanium vitatum), commonly known as the white-stripe crab. With bright purple claws, a purplish body and neon-yellow eyes, it should not be hard to spot. However,