LIFE AND DEATH  AT CHEK JAWA A UROPS RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Key points of this session <ul><li>What is UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>Why I decided to do UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>How did I...
What is   UROPs
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science <ul><li>doing an independent research project  </li></ul><ul><li...
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science <ul><li>work and gain knowledge in a specific field of study  </...
Key points of this session <ul><li>What is UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>Why I decided to do UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>How did I...
What motivated me to do  UROPs ? <ul><li>Curiosity </li></ul><ul><li>Answer questions </li></ul><ul><li>gain experience </...
Key points of this session <ul><li>What is UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>Why I decided to do UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>How did I...
Have you been to  Chek Jawa  before?
Where is   Chek Jawa
Chek Jawa
Chek Jawa is lauded for its high  biodiversity   Figure from  Ria Tan Six  distinct ecosystems exist at Chek Jawa and it i...
 
Life  at Chek Jawa
 
Key points of this session <ul><li>What is UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>Why I decided to do UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>How did I...
Research begins with observations, giving rise to a research question .
After a period of exceptional heavy rain in Jan 2007, a field trip to Chek Jawa revealed…
 
Dying  Carpet Anemones
Dying  Sponges
Dying  sea stars and sea cucumbers
Most soft bodied marine animals were affected
Mass  Death  occurred   on January 2007
Asking  questions <ul><li>What happened at Chek Jawa? </li></ul><ul><li>What caused the mass death? </li></ul><ul><li>Why ...
Answering  questions  through.. <ul><li>UROPS </li></ul>
Finding my  supervisors
Finding my  supervisors
Finding my  supervisors <ul><li>1. Mr. N. Sivasothi  </li></ul><ul><li>(Department of Biological Science, NUS) </li></ul><...
At the beginning… <ul><li>reading up various literatures  </li></ul><ul><li>compilation of data and past observations </li...
Resources from NUS Libraries
Literature read up
At the beginning… <ul><li>reading up various literatures   </li></ul><ul><li>compilation of data and past observations </l...
Some supervisors  may have  funny  requests
Blogging… <ul><li>http://cjproject.blogspot.com </li></ul>
Embracing internet tools…  use of Google Document for preliminary drafts
Embracing internet tools…  use of Google Group to keep everyone in the loop
Conducting of field surveys <ul><li>Transects surveys (once in 3 months) </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring of different groups ...
Sometimes we set off early…
… sometimes we go back late
Six transect lines T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T1 T5 T4 T3 T2 T6
Transect surveying
Sometimes disasters do happen…
… after a day’s hard work
 
Not all things work!
Carpet Anemones ( Stichodactyla haddoni )   Photos: Ria Tan <ul><li>30 located and marked </li></ul><ul><li>Shortest and l...
Sea anemone morphology is variable  NOT  easy to study
What I’ve learnt from field applications from Dr Daphne Fautin? <ul><li>anemones from tide pools contract when exposed to ...
Seeking  help  as a UROPS student <ul><li>Easier as a NUS student doing research </li></ul><ul><li>Experts and agencies so...
Nearing  submission  of report… <ul><li>Data compilation for analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Start writing! </li></ul><ul><li>L...
Corrections on my report drafts
Email discussions with various supervisors/experts etc
Nearing  submission  of report… <ul><li>Data compilation for analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Start writing! </li></ul><ul><li>L...
Challenges  and frustrations <ul><li>especially at the beginning </li></ul><ul><li>There are also not-so-helpful people </...
Key points of this session <ul><li>What is UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>Why I decided to do UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>How did I...
How UROPs has enhanced my  undergraduate experience ? <ul><li>Understand the meaning of  research </li></ul><ul><li>Start ...
What are my  future plans  after UROPs? <ul><li>Preparing to publish my findings </li></ul><ul><li>Working on sea stars be...
Some interesting experiences
Celebrating  Christmas  at Chek Jawa
 
My first   filming   experience
Featured at The Straits Times
Featured at NUS Advertorial,  The Straits Times
 
 
Friend who is inspired to do work at Chek Jawa too
 
Many more  experiences  recorded here <ul><li>cjproject.blogspot.com </li></ul>Look out for public talks notices!
 
Thank you  & best wishes
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    1. 1. LIFE AND DEATH AT CHEK JAWA A UROPS RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    2. 2. Key points of this session <ul><li>What is UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>Why I decided to do UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>How did I do it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brief introduction of Chek Jawa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different phases of my project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What have I learnt or benefited? </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is UROPs
    4. 4. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science <ul><li>doing an independent research project </li></ul><ul><li>work with Faculty staff </li></ul><ul><li>foster mentoring relationships </li></ul>
    5. 5. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science <ul><li>work and gain knowledge in a specific field of study </li></ul><ul><li>experience creative thinking </li></ul><ul><li>acquire special communication and presentation skills </li></ul>
    6. 6. Key points of this session <ul><li>What is UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>Why I decided to do UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>How did I do it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brief introduction of Chek Jawa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different phases of my project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What have I learnt or benefited? </li></ul>
    7. 7. What motivated me to do UROPs ? <ul><li>Curiosity </li></ul><ul><li>Answer questions </li></ul><ul><li>gain experience </li></ul><ul><li>more free play to pursue topics </li></ul>
    8. 8. Key points of this session <ul><li>What is UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>Why I decided to do UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>How did I do it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brief introduction of Chek Jawa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different phases of my project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What have I learnt or benefited? </li></ul>
    9. 9. Have you been to Chek Jawa before?
    10. 10. Where is Chek Jawa
    11. 11. Chek Jawa
    12. 12. Chek Jawa is lauded for its high biodiversity Figure from Ria Tan Six distinct ecosystems exist at Chek Jawa and it is abundant with locally rare fauna and flora
    13. 14. Life at Chek Jawa
    14. 16. Key points of this session <ul><li>What is UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>Why I decided to do UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>How did I do it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brief introduction of Chek Jawa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different phases of my project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What have I learnt or benefited? </li></ul>
    15. 17. Research begins with observations, giving rise to a research question .
    16. 18. After a period of exceptional heavy rain in Jan 2007, a field trip to Chek Jawa revealed…
    17. 20. Dying Carpet Anemones
    18. 21. Dying Sponges
    19. 22. Dying sea stars and sea cucumbers
    20. 23. Most soft bodied marine animals were affected
    21. 24. Mass Death occurred on January 2007
    22. 25. Asking questions <ul><li>What happened at Chek Jawa? </li></ul><ul><li>What caused the mass death? </li></ul><ul><li>Why were some animals more affected as compared to others? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this mass death a tragic event? </li></ul><ul><li>Will Chek Jawa recover? </li></ul><ul><li>If yes, how? </li></ul>
    23. 26. Answering questions through.. <ul><li>UROPS </li></ul>
    24. 27. Finding my supervisors
    25. 28. Finding my supervisors
    26. 29. Finding my supervisors <ul><li>1. Mr. N. Sivasothi </li></ul><ul><li>(Department of Biological Science, NUS) </li></ul><ul><li>2. Dr. Peter Todd </li></ul><ul><li>(Department of Biological Science, NUS) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Dr. Dan Rittschof </li></ul><ul><li>(Duke University) </li></ul>Photo: Ria Tan
    27. 30. At the beginning… <ul><li>reading up various literatures </li></ul><ul><li>compilation of data and past observations </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions with my supervisors and experts </li></ul><ul><li>Yet also left alone  Independence! </li></ul>
    28. 31. Resources from NUS Libraries
    29. 32. Literature read up
    30. 33. At the beginning… <ul><li>reading up various literatures </li></ul><ul><li>compilation of data and past observations </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions with my supervisors and experts </li></ul><ul><li>Yet also left alone  Independence! </li></ul>
    31. 34. Some supervisors may have funny requests
    32. 35. Blogging… <ul><li>http://cjproject.blogspot.com </li></ul>
    33. 36. Embracing internet tools… use of Google Document for preliminary drafts
    34. 37. Embracing internet tools… use of Google Group to keep everyone in the loop
    35. 38. Conducting of field surveys <ul><li>Transects surveys (once in 3 months) </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring of different groups of marine animals (once in 2 months) </li></ul>
    36. 39. Sometimes we set off early…
    37. 40. … sometimes we go back late
    38. 41. Six transect lines T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T1 T5 T4 T3 T2 T6
    39. 42. Transect surveying
    40. 43. Sometimes disasters do happen…
    41. 44. … after a day’s hard work
    42. 46. Not all things work!
    43. 47. Carpet Anemones ( Stichodactyla haddoni ) Photos: Ria Tan <ul><li>30 located and marked </li></ul><ul><li>Shortest and longest diameter axis measured </li></ul><ul><li>Tentacles counted </li></ul>
    44. 48. Sea anemone morphology is variable NOT easy to study
    45. 49. What I’ve learnt from field applications from Dr Daphne Fautin? <ul><li>anemones from tide pools contract when exposed to air </li></ul><ul><li>can detach and move </li></ul><ul><li>difficult to determine size </li></ul><ul><li>density differs </li></ul><ul><li>incorrect to correlated size with age </li></ul>
    46. 50. Seeking help as a UROPS student <ul><li>Easier as a NUS student doing research </li></ul><ul><li>Experts and agencies sometimes flooded with emails </li></ul><ul><li>Advantage of UROPS- taken seriously </li></ul><ul><li>Supervisor’s emails/phone calls also useful </li></ul>
    47. 51. Nearing submission of report… <ul><li>Data compilation for analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Start writing! </li></ul><ul><li>Long and detail conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Oral presentation drill </li></ul><ul><li>Oral presentation exam with two lecturer examiners </li></ul>
    48. 52. Corrections on my report drafts
    49. 53. Email discussions with various supervisors/experts etc
    50. 54. Nearing submission of report… <ul><li>Data compilation for analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Start writing! </li></ul><ul><li>Long and detail conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Oral presentation drill </li></ul><ul><li>Oral presentation exam with two lecturer examiners </li></ul>
    51. 55. Challenges and frustrations <ul><li>especially at the beginning </li></ul><ul><li>There are also not-so-helpful people </li></ul><ul><li>Have to learn how to accept failures </li></ul><ul><li>Some of best learning is by making mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on them </li></ul>
    52. 56. Key points of this session <ul><li>What is UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>Why I decided to do UROPs? </li></ul><ul><li>How did I do it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brief introduction of Chek Jawa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different phases of my project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What have I learnt or benefited? </li></ul>
    53. 57. How UROPs has enhanced my undergraduate experience ? <ul><li>Understand the meaning of research </li></ul><ul><li>Start questioning, analysing and exploring </li></ul><ul><li>More questions than answers </li></ul><ul><li>Walk out of comfort zone </li></ul><ul><li>Wholesome student and learner </li></ul>
    54. 58. What are my future plans after UROPs? <ul><li>Preparing to publish my findings </li></ul><ul><li>Working on sea stars behaviour and ecology </li></ul><ul><li>teaching after I graduate from NUS </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing experiences with my students </li></ul>
    55. 59. Some interesting experiences
    56. 60. Celebrating Christmas at Chek Jawa
    57. 62. My first filming experience
    58. 63. Featured at The Straits Times
    59. 64. Featured at NUS Advertorial, The Straits Times
    60. 67. Friend who is inspired to do work at Chek Jawa too
    61. 69. Many more experiences recorded here <ul><li>cjproject.blogspot.com </li></ul>Look out for public talks notices!
    62. 71. Thank you & best wishes

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