Otterman Holt

Student research on faunal ecology, mangroves of Singapore, public awareness and human-wildlife interaction

183 evebiod2 16apr2014 prab At the Evening of Biodiversity II (16 Apr 2014); L-R: Meryl, Germaine, Marcus, Chloe, Amanda, Joys, Sivasothi (front), Chui Ting, Iris, Weiting, Liyana, Tze Kwan



  1. Ho Lijean – Strategies for wildlife roadkill mitigation on Singapore roads.
  2. Quek Xue Han – Illegal activity in nature reserves/parks and waterways – new challenges to management of nature in Singapore.
  3. Tay Sianglin – Elimination of recycling contamination: strategies and implementation in NUS.


  1. Quek Xiao Tong – Establishing a monitoring mechanism for long-tailed macaque-human interactions with considerations for pre-empting conflict.
  2. Fatin Nadzirah Bte Zahari –  Home range and activity patterns of three troops of long-tailed macaques Macaca fascicularis Raffles, 1821 in the environs of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS).
  3. Lim Wei Zhi (submits in Sem 1) – Territoriality in two families of smooth-coated otters in the Marina Bay catchment of Singapore.
  4. Tang Yong Jen (LSM2288, 4MC) – Herptiles of NUS: diversity, distribution and temporal variation.

2016/7 Hons

  1. Max Khoo De Yuan – The population status of smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) in Singapore
  2. Ong Shu Yi – The identification, characterisation and management of mammal roadkill hotspots on mainland Singapore
  3. Lau Jun Jie – Behavioural traits and vocalisations of a family of smooth-coated otters Lutrogale perspicillata (Geoffroy, 1826) in the urban environment of Singapore
  4. Lim Hui-Wen Chanelle – The identity and ecology of three troops of long-tailed macaques Macaca fascicularis Raffles, 1821 in the environs of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS)
  5. Lim Zong Xian – An autecology study of host-obligate bat fly parasites (Insecta: Nycteribiidae & Streblidae) w/Ian Mendenhall
  6. Elaine Sam Hui Xian – Recycling contamination in NUS: a study on prevailing attitudes and strategies to improve campus recycling
  7. Vivian Balachandran (NTU) – How Psychological Beliefs Affect the Practices of Recreational Fishermen in Singapore

Master’s in Environmental Management

  1. Wong Hiu Fung – Evolution of the role of the public in the management of the marine environment of Singapore.

2015/6 Hons/UROPS

  1. Tham Si Ting Claudine – The diversity and abundance of tadpoles (Amphibia: Anura) in four hill streams of Singapore
  2. Tan See Yi – The status, distribution and public awareness of the endangered coastal horseshoe crab (Tachypleus gigas), green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in Singapore.
  3. Soh Pei Yee Amanda – Characterising human-macaque interactions at Woodlands Waterfront Park
  4. Tan Jia Xiu – Designing and assessing the feasibility of an integrated plan to manage human-macaque conflict at MacRitchie Reservoir Park
  5. Diana Afiqah Binte Mohamed Juwahir – The impact status of two well-used trails in primary forest fragments in Singapore
  6. Nicole Siew Wan Ru (UROPS) – Characterisation of two primary forest streams in Central Catchment Nature Reserve
  7. Max Khoo De Yuan (UROPS 4MC) – Home range and diurnal activity pattern of two family groups of Lutrogale perspicillata (Geoffroy, 1826) along the Kallang River


  1. Fung Tze Kwan – Diet, home range and ecological role of the common palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) in Singapore
  2. Natalie Monica Kartikasari – Development of “Just in Time” lectures to communicate conservation awareness through nature/environment educators
  3. Heng Peiyan – Motivation, Value and Role of volunteers in biodiversity education programmes in Singapore

Holt seniors – Marcus Chua, Xu Weiting, Fung Tze Kwan, Amanda Tan, Meryl Theng & Chloe Tan.

2014/5 Hons/UROPS

  1. Lai Chui Ting – Factors contributing to human-long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) conflict at MacRitchie Reservoir Park and suggestions for pre-emptive management. Submitted Semester 1.
  2. Tan Qiao Hao Joys – Ranging behaviour of the Hindhede Macaca fascicularis Raffles, 1821 troop, during the closure of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore.
  3. Quek Zheng Bin Randolph – A preliminary investigation into the autecology of the clustered fishtail palm Caryota mitis Lour 1790.
  4. Cheong Ka Min Delicia – Marine trash in Singei Mandai Kechil mangrove, Singapore: abundance, composition and distribution.
  5. Lee Lijin, Audrey – Human-ecosystem conflict in Singapore: diversity, spatiality and legally; and a study of encroachment in prohibited nature areas.
  6. Zhang Yuchen – The distribution and characteristion of coastal streams on mainland Singapore.
  7. Ng Lin Yu (UROPS) – Morphometrics and seasonal abundance of the tropical swallowtail moth, Lyssa zampa
  8. Yeo Qi Wei Jocelyn (UROPS) – The influence of the common palm civet on post-masting seed distribution and growth of the False Olive (Champereia manillana) in Pulau Ubin
  9. Tham Si Ting Claudine (UROPS) – Characterisation of a freshwater stream in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and implications for long-term management.
  10. Ong Shu Yi (UROPS 2000) – Characterisation of a brackish water stream in north-east Singapore with reccomendations for conservation of a rare habitat.


  1. Xu Weiting – Bukit Timah Nature Reserve: an investigation of communication strategies, stakeholder participation and public perception.
  2. Fung Tze Kwan – Diet, home range and ecological role of the common palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) in Singapore
  3. Waverly Aw – Perceptions of climate change in Singapore and its implications.
  4. Wee Kin Guan – An evaluation of the Science Centre Observatory’s communication through Sidewalk Astronomy and Public Outreach.

2014 Hons/UROPS

  1. Leng Jun Mun Germaine – The diet of the mangrove horseshoe crab Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda (Latreille, 1802) in the tidal streams and mudflat of Sungei Mandai Kechil
  2. Ng Xin Yi Iris – The distribution, microhabitat use and activity pattern of the slender squirrel, Sundasciurus tenuis, and sympatric species in forests of Singapore
  3. Lai Chui Ting – Factors contributing to human-long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) conflict in Singapore and strategies for pre-emptive management (submits in Sem 2/2014)
  4. Nurliyana Omar (UROPS) – Resource availability of the clumping fishtail palm, Caryota mitis, for the common palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) along the trail edges of Pulau Ubin, Singapore
  5. Tan Qiao Hao Joys (UROPS) – Evaluating the status of human-macaque interactions at a coastal park in Singapore and a proposal of a rapid assessment method


  1. Tan Yi Ting Chloe – Differential distribution of ground-dwelling small mammals across old and young secondary forests and scrublands in Singapore
  2. Chua Jia Yu – The ecology of the house shrew (Suncus murinus) in young secondary forests and urban sites in Singapore
  3. Yeo Hui Fen Genevieve – The population status and diet of the Common Palm Civet, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus (Pallas, 1777) in the Wessex – Tanglin Halt environs
  4. Neo Pei Jun – Autecology of a native and an introduced Callosciurus spp. in the former Bidadari cemetery and their interactions
  5. Leng Jun Mun Germaine (UROPS) – Population and distribution of the mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) in tidal streams of Sungei Mandai Kechil MK3 stream system

M.Sc (Zoology)

  1. Chua Aik Hwee Marcus (2013) – Ecology and conservation of the leopard cat Prionailurus bengalensis (Kerr, 1792) (Mammalia: Carnivora: Felidae) in Singapore


  1. Tan Hui-Ning Amanda – Small mammal communities at the Bukit Timah and Central Catchment Nature Reserves in the vicinity of the proposed eco-link
  2. Mei Ailian – The visibility of community cats (Felis catus) in encounter zones of HDB estates in Singapore
  3. Theng Tze Yin Meryl – Autecology of the Smooth-coated Otter Lutrogale perspicillata (Geoffroy, 1826) along the Johor Straits, Singapore
  4. Ong Say Lin (UROPS) – Wild pig (Sus scrofa) distribution in mainland Singapore and human- wildlife management challenges.
  5. Naomi Lee Min Vivien (UROPS) – Bat communities in Singapore


  1. Fung Tze Kwan – The diet of the common palm civet, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus (Pallas, 1777) in urban and forested environments in Singapore
  2. Teo Yong Jian Glendon – Morphology of the zoea larvae stages of Singapore’s mangrove tree-climbing crabs (Decopoda: Brachyura: Sesarmidae)
  3. Cheo Pei Rong (UROPS) – Substrate Preference and Population Distribution of the Thorny Sea Cucumber (Colochirus quadrangularis) at Changi Beach
  4. Lee Bee Yan (UROPS) – Species diversity and recruitment of mangrove brachyuran crabs in western Sungei Mandai Besar mangrove
  5. Ker Yi Hao Jessica (UROPS) – Mangrove crab diversity and activity patterns of Perisesarma eumolpe (de man, 1895) and Perisesarma indiarum (Tweedie, 1940) in Mandai Besar Mangrove, Singapore
  6. Wong Ze Lin (UROPS) – Mangrove brachyuran crabs community between exposed and shaded areas along the forest fringe at the estuary of Sungei Mandai Besar, Singapore
  7. Tan Wei Min Kenneth (UROPS) – Population status of the Common Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore
  8. Mei Ailian (UROPS) – Peak activity and home range of community cats in a mature TNRM estate
  9. Theng Tze Yin Meryl (UROPS) – Status, distribution and diet of the Smooth-coated Otter Lutrogale perspicillata (Geoffroy, 1826) in Singapore


  1. Xu Weiting – Autecology and public awareness of the Paradoxurus hermaphroditus (Pallas, 1777) in an urban environment in Singapore.
  2. Chua Yi Teng – Distribution and biology of the endemic Johnson’s freshwater crab, Irmengardia johnsoni
  3. Siti Aisyah Binte Jamal – Gut morphology of mangrove tree-climbing crabs in Singapore.
  4. Khew Yu Ting Joanne – Morphology, abundance and periodicity of the first zoea stage larvae of mangrove tree-climbing crabs (Decapoda: Brachyura: Sesarmidae)
  5. Li Xiu Jing Rachael – Diet of the wild boar (Sus scrofa) on Pulau Ubin and implications on conservation management
  6. Chung Yi Fei (UROPS) – The population status of common palm civets (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) in the secondary forest fragment at Holland Woods
  7. Khoo Chun Kiat Edward (UROPS) – A preliminary study of distribution of freshwater crabs in Nee Soon Freshwater Swamp Forest, Singapore
  8. Tan Hui-Ning Amanda (UROPS, Oct 2010) – The population of the Red Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus) in a forest fragment in Bukit Batok


  1. Su Linting Theresa – Feeding ecology of large carnivorous mudskippers in Singapore mangroves.
  2. Chua Aik Hwee Marcus – Can medium-sized terrestrial mammals coexist with man on Pulau Ubin?
  3. Xie Huiru (UROPS) – Morphometrics of Selatium brockii: Is there evidence for allometric growth?
  4. Chua Jie Ling Trina (UROPS) – Tidal activity patterns of the giant mudskipper, Periophthalmodon schlosseri


  1. Su Yuhan – Conservation attitudes towards nature: A Singapore perspective.
  2. Ng Jia Jun Daniel – Population status and distribution of a Singapore endemic freshwater crab, Johora singaporensis
  3. Loh Kok Sheng (UROPS) – Mass mortality and recruitment of intertidal marine invertebrates in Chek Jawa, Singapore.
  4. Su Linting Theresa (UROPS) – Fauna of Kent Ridge: Species diversity trends
  5. Chen Deixian (UROPS) – Fauna of Kent Ridge: Spider diversity and the identification of common spiders
  6. Tan Wei-ping Alicia (UROPS) – Fauna of Kent Ridge: Status and distribution of the Anura
  7. Wong Ai Li Audrey (UROPS) – Fauna of Kent Ridge: Preliminary assessment of the insect fauna


  1. Hong Ruixia Fiona – Population and distribution of the mangrove horseshoe crab Carcinoscopius rotundicauda at the Kranji Nature Trail estuaries, Western Johor Straits [web]
  2. Teo Yen Ling – Population and distribution of mangrove prawns at the Kranji Nature Trail estuaries, Western Johor Straits [web]


  1. Chan Puay San Grace – Aspects of the ecology of the mangrove crabs Metopograpsus frontalis and Metopograpsus latifrons (Brachyura: Grapsidae: Grapsinae) in Singapore.

Master’s Thesis M.Sc (Zoology)

  1. Chua Aik Hwee Marcus (2013) – Ecology and conservation of the leopard cat Prionailurus bengalensis (Kerr, 1792) (Mammalia: Carnivora: Felidae) in Singapore

M.Sc (Science Communication) [MW5200]

  1. Neo Zhu Lin (2013) – Examining learning-related behaviour at multiuser exhibits by visitors at the Science Centre Singapore
  2. Yenata Filia Wijaya (2013) – Qualitative media analysis of genetically modified food debate in the New Scientist and Straits Times 1998 – 2012
  3. Anu Priya Nair (2013) – The influence of media and education on attitudes towards human-macaque conflict in Singapore
  4. Tan Ngee Tiang (2013) – The influence of an environmental programme on Brownies interest and motivation in science and conservation

M.Sc (Environmental Management)

  1. Wong Yueat Tin (2012) – Development of the Singapore Blue Plan and the current state of public awareness and interest in the local marine environment
  2. Mohd Shali Buang (2003) – What affects the satisfaction of visitors to Chek Jawa and how to mitigate impact

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