Pursuits

Seah Eu Chin Biography

Biography of my ancestor Seah Eu Chin (1805-1883) who was a pioneer in pepper and gambier agriculture, and a prominent community leader in 19th century Singapore.


Protists in Singapore

The little things matter too! Plants and animals (and sometimes fungi) are the things most people think about when they hear the word “biodiversity”, but there are also the microscopic forms of life that can’t be seen with the naked eye, but are no less interesting. I want to raise awareness of the beauty and fascination to be found in even a tiny drop of pond water.

Protists are a catch-all term for protozoa and algae. They’re usually microscopic, but they’re eukaryotes, not bacteria. They can have interesting behaviors too, as shown by this trailer for the project:

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/27941784]

The site is featured among other protist-related links in the Portal to Protistology.


The Biology Refugia

[Note: Currently on indefinite hiatus.] I contribute to a group blog on nature and biology, based in Singapore. Posts are generally about interesting new biology research that I’ve come across, or other news related to the environment. If you see anything interesting send it along!


Science outreach

I’ve volunteered and done public guiding at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (Singapore) and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. I’ve also led a session as an alumnus trainer to the Singapore team for the International Biology Olympiad.


Science humor

Science humor is something that I keep an eye out for. Below is a link to a rare gem of biological satire first published in 1941 and later “blatantly pirated” in 1959 – so I suppose it is no worse to pirate it once again.

AF Carr Jr (1941) The Fishes of Alachua County, Florida: A Subjective Key


Software for biology

Bioinformatics tools that I have written for my own research are available on my GitHub page, in case they’re useful to other people too.

Much older: Some scripts that I wrote to manipulate data when I was working on my senior thesis.


Overtone Singing

After many months of arduous practice (with apologies to my long-suffering roommates) I acquired the skill of overtone singing, also called throat-singing. I led a small workshop on overtone singing for the first Optional Winter Activities Week at Harvard College in 2011.


Writing

Some of my prose fiction has been published in the Harvard Advocate. I also enjoy learning about history, especially where pirates are involved.