ForestGEO is pleased to announce a new program coordinator for the Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University (ASE-NTU) located in Singapore. Kang Min is based at ASE-NTU, where she will be assisting in fieldwork organization, staff training, data management of the Southeast Asian sites, organizing workshops, and fostering collaboration between ForestGEO and ASE-NTU.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) partners with the Smithsonian Institution – ForestGEO to advance research in tropical ecology. The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2015 to collaborate on educational and research efforts in the areas of tropical forestry, marine ecology, and environmental change in Asia. The joint research and educational collaboration focuses on areas such as biodiversity, forest and marine ecology, climate change, human-environment interactions, and genomics.
Kang Min previously worked with ForestGEO at the National Institute of Education in Singapore for five years on the carbon project, the plot census, and supporting numerous student projects at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
This year, Kang Min will focus on preparing the multi-site fertilization and exclosure experiments for implementation, as well as assisting in the Kuala Belalong 25-ha plot in Brunei Darussalam.
Southeast Asia is not only extremely rich in biodiversity, it is also a region full of cultural diversity and fusions. She is delighted to work in this melting pot of floral and faunal diversity, as well as different cultures. Kang Min is also looking forward to bringing researchers and students from various backgrounds to work together for the future of tropical forests.