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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 – 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

Visiting Scientist Feature: Ms. Conni Sidabalok


We’re back yet again with another visiting scientist feature – this time, on Ms. Conni Sidabalok from the Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), in Cibinong, Indonesia. Ms. Sidabalok was here to sort and examine marine isopod specimens collected from the SJADES 2018 expedition. During her 3-week visit, she examined marine isopods

Visiting Scientist(s) Feature: Echinoderm Edition


(From left) Dr. David Lane, Ms. Ismiliana Wirawati, and Mr. Indra Bayu Vimono in the LKCNHM research lab. This September, we have yet another bunch of research visitors at the museum to examine specimens from the recent SJADES deep-sea expedition! This time, we are featuring three researchers who study echinoderms (i.e., marine animals such as sea

Visiting Scientist(s) Feature: Carcinologist Edition


Over the past few weeks, we have been hosting new and familiar guests here at the museum: carcinologists Prof. Dwi Listyo Rahayu, Ms. Ernawati Widyastuti, and Dr. Lin Chia-Wei. (From left) Ms. Ernawati Widyastuti, Prof. Dwi Listyo Rahayu, and Dr. Lin Chia-Wei in the LKCNHM research lab. Prof. Rahayu and Dr. Lin are no strangers

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

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