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Celebrating 10 years of TMSI St John's Island marine laboratory

02 October 2012

(From left) Prof Lim; Prof Lui Pao Chuen, Special Advisor at the NUS Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; and Prof Ng at the Open Aquaria housing giant clams

TMSI research assistants and young visitors at the Marine Biology Aquarium B.

Some 200 visitors thronged St John's Island on 30 September to be up close with marine life at a laboratory set up by NUS' Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI). This was part of an Open Day event to mark the facility's 10th anniversary.

Launching the celebrations was Guest-of-Honour Professor Lim Pin, Chairman of the TMSI Board of Directors. The varied research work on marine life such as algae, coral and giant clams was showcased. Guests also learnt more about marine bacteria at the invited lectures by Professor Michael Hadfield from the University of Hawaii and Professor Peter Steinberg from the University of New South Wales.

Established in 2002, the St John's Island marine laboratory supports marine biology and aquaculture research. It houses various facilities for research in algal culture, larval culture, water quality analysis as well as field equipment for environmental surveys. There is also an open circulating aquarium system, offering clean seawater to support the varied marine life currently being studied.

Helmed by Professor Peter Ng, TMSI works on projects related to physical oceanography, acoustics, marine biology, marine mammals, biofuels, water resources and climate change. Besides the laboratory on St John's Island, research work is also carried out at TMSI laboratories on Kent Ridge campus.