SINGAPORE BIODIVERSITY - AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Category: Natural History, Science & Environment, Reference
Despite its tiny size and highly urbanised landscape, Singapore is home to an amazing diversity of life. While land-use pressures, habitat destruction and climate change threaten the island's fragile ecosystem, surprisingly, wildlife in Singapore continues to thrive and, oftentimes, even flourish. This first comprehensive guide to nature in Singapore is written by the city’s foremost authorities on the natural environment, and describes more than 40,000 species of flora and fauna that make up the island’s biodiversity. While this reference work is academically rigorous – based as it is on the latest data and fieldwork – its richly illustrated presentation is eminently suitable for a wider, non-specialist readership. The encyclopedia comprises two parts: the first comprises a collection of essays outlining issues relating to biodiversity, ecosystems and sustainability; the second part of the book is a comprehensive A-Z directory of over 1,500 entries, covering virtually even known organism found in Singapore.
Prof Peter K L Ng is a staff member of the Department of Biological Services and also director of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research as well as the Tropical Marine Science Institute of the National University of Singapore. He is an authority on crustacean and freshwater fish taxonomy.
Prof Richard T Corlett is a renowned tropical ecologist and forthcoming president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. He heads the Environmental Biology group at the National University of Singapore and is author of The Ecology of Tropical East Asia, published by Oxford University Press in 2009.
Assoc Prof Hugh T W Tan is the senior systematic botanist in the Department of Biological Services as well as the deputy director of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research. He teaches plant morphology, horticulture and Singapore's natural heritage, and is a consultant and research collaborator to key government agencies for a wide variety of biodiversity surveys and restoration projects.
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