People

ryanRyan Chisholm
Associate Professor (Office: S3-01-11)

Ryan is a theoretical ecologist with an interest in tropical forest ecology and biodiversity. He completed an undergraduate degree in Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. Current major research projects aim to understand the mechanisms responsible for large-scale patterns of tree diversity in tropical forests and to estimate extinction rates in the tropics. Download Ryan’s CV here.

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Tak Fung
Research Fellow

Tak constructs and uses mathematical models to investigate processes governing population dynamics in complex ecosystems. He studied Mathematics at Imperial College London as an undergraduate, before doing two PhDs at University College London and Queen’s University Belfast, on modelling the dynamics of coral reef and temperate marine shelf ecosystems. Tak is currently working on models of tropical rainforests that aim to (1) quantify how speciation, immigration, dispersal and demographic stochasticity interact to alter the richness-productivity relationship and (2) establish the importance of environmental stochasticity in producing spatiotemporal patterns of species abundances commensurate with empirical data. More details on Tak can be found at his personal website.

nadiahNadiah Kristensen
Research Fellow

Nadiah is a theoretical ecologist with broad interests in dynamical systems. She is currently working on models for estimating species extinction rates from incomplete data, as part of our lab’s Singapore extinctions project, and also on models of social evolution. More details on Nadiah can be found at her personal website.

martinMartin Trappe
Senior Research Fellow

Martin is a physicist with a background in quantum mechanics and density functional theory. Martin holds a 50% appointment in our lab and is applying techniques from theoretical physics to study complex ecological systems, with a particular focus on models of temporal environmental variance.

Deon LumDeon Lum
Research Assistant

Deon is a research assistant who is applying our extinction models to data sets of mammals and birds from around the world.

Hyee Shynn LimHyee Shynn Lim
Research Assistant

Shynn recently completed her BSc at the University of Plymouth in the UK, and is now working as a research assistant in our lab. She is working on the Sundaland bird biogeography project, in collaboration with Frank Rheindt’s lab.

Mao Yu QiMao Yu Qi
Honours student

Yu Qi is an undergraduate student who is working on her Honours project. She is carrying out a population viability analysis for macaques in Singapore.

Sim Hong JhunSim Hong Jhun
Honours student

Hong Jhun is an undergraduate student who is working on his Honours project. He is jointly supervised by Dr Chong Kwek Yan. His project involves extending the resource conversion model recently published by Ryan and Lam Weng Ngai.

IMG-20180525-WA0013 copyHeng Jia Min
Trainee

Jia Min recently completed her BSc at NUS and is currently a trainee in the lab (under the Resilience and Growth Initiative). As part of this, she is a teaching assistant for Methods in Mathematical Biology this semester. She will also be conducting research into species–area relationships in mangroves.

lab.webpage_triciachoTricia Cho
Trainee

Tricia recently graduated from the department with a BSc and is currently a trainee in our lab (under the Resilience and Growth Initiative). She is working on an updated analysis of bird extinctions in Singapore.