Past supervision

2017

Lee Sui Kei Rachel. Honours Thesis. “Temporal changes in the urban butterfly assemblage through changes in the urban landscape in Singapore.” Mentors: Ng Wen Qing, Chloe Tan, Sherry Hung; Co-supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Rie Chong. Honours Thesis. “Cultivated plants in the urban landscape as food for butterfly caterpillars.” Co-supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Tan Koon Ngee Jonathan. Honours Thesis. “Responses of the exotic tree, Cecropia pachystachya, along an experimental nutrient gradient.” Co-supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Tan Wen Ai Lorraine. Honours Thesis. “Effects of understorey weeding in the Labrador Nature Reserve.” Co-supervisors: Chung Yi Fei, Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Wong Qi Yun Melissa. Honours Thesis. “Assessing the invasive status of Clidemia hirta in the forests of Upper Seletar Reservoir, Singapore.” Mentor: Lai Hao Ran; Co-supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

2016

Sherry Hung Ming Xuan. Honours Thesis. “Effects of Competition, Hydrology and Soil Types on Seedling Performance.” Mentor: Seah Wei Wei; Co-supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Jonathan Tan Koon Ngee. Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Sciences. “Recruitment, Growth, and Mortality of Native Macaranga Species and the Exotic Cecropia pachystachya.” Mentor: Jolyn Loh Weiting; Co-supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

2015

Chua Xin Yi. Honours Thesis. “Is there a Correlation between Socio-economic Status and Greenery in Singapore?” Co-mentor: Alex Yee; Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Lam Weng Ngai. Honours Thesis. “The Ecology of Nepenthesin Production in Nepenthes gracilis Korth. (Nepenthaceae).” Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan, Assoc. Prof. Ganesh Anand.

Partly published as:

Lam W.N., K.Y. Chong, G.S. Anand, H.T.W. Tan. (2017) Inquilines and microbes facilitate nutrient sequestration in the Nepenthes gracilis pitcher plant host. Biology Letters 13: 20160928. [website] [PDF]

Ng Qi Qi. Honours Thesis. “Effects of Drought on Vascular Epiphytes in Singapore.” Co-mentor: Reuben Lim; Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Rie Chong. Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Science. “Pre- and Post-dispersal Seed Predation of Shorea spp. in the Fragmented Primary Forests of Singapore.” Co-mentors: Alex Yee, Marcus Chua; Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Tan Wen Ai Lorraine. Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Science. “Pre- and Post-dispersal Seed Predation of Dipterocarpus spp. in the Fragmented Primary Forests of Singapore.” Co-mentors: Alex Yee Thiam Koon, Marcus Chua Aik Hian; Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Rie and Lorraine’s work were jointly published as:

Chong, K.Y., R. Chong, L.W.A. Tan, A.T.K. Yee, M.A.H. Chua, K.M. Wong & H.T.W. Tan. (2016) Fruit fall, pre- and post-disersal predation, and seedling survival of two Shorea and two Diperocarpus spp. in severely fragmented forests in Singapore. Plant Ecology & Diversity 9: 483–490. [website] [PDF]

Sherry Hung Ming Xuan. Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Science. “The Vascular Plant Flora and Vegetation of the Islands Associated with Singapore’s First Marine Park.” Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Published as three papers:

Hung, S.M.X., K.Y. Chong, A.T.K. Yee, R.C.J. Lim, J.W. Loh, L. Neo, W.W. Seah, S.Y. Tan & H.T.W. Tan. (2017) The vascular plant flora and vegetation of the islands associated with Singapore’s first Marine Park. I: The Sisters’ Islands (with A.X.Y. Teo, K. Tun, C.H.Y. Tong, K.S. Koh; 10: 7–24), II: Pulau Tekukor (10: 25–35), III: St. John’s Island (10: 37–48). Nature in Singapore.

2013

Letchumi Mani. Honours Thesis. “Can Guided Nature Walks in Different Green Space Types Change Conservation Concern and Motivation in High School Students?” Co-mentor: Giam Xingli; Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Loh Weiting Jolyn. Honours Thesis. “Plant Communities and the Soil Seed Bank in Areas Infested by the Invasive Cecropia pachystachya.” Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Tan Mei Quan. Honours Thesis. “Potential of Rooftop Gardens to Support Butterfly Communities in Singapore.” Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

2012

Kee Yingxin Carmen. Honours Thesis. “Factors Affecting Plant Species Richness and Composition in Singapore’s Waste-woodlands.” Co-mentor: Alex Yee; Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Louise Neo. Honours Thesis. “Plant Diversity of Abandoned Rubber Plantations in Singapore: A Novel Ecosystem.” Co-mentor: Alex Yee; Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan.

Louise and Carmen’s work were jointly published in:

Neo, L., A.T.K. Yee, K.Y. Chong, C.Y. Kee & H.T.W. Tan. In press. Vascular plant species richness and composition in two types of post-cultivation tropical secondary forest. Applied Vegetation Science. [website]

Neo, L., A.T.K. Yee, K.Y. Chong, H.T.W. Tan et al. 2013–2014. The vascular plant flora of abandoned plantations in Singapore: I (Clementi Forest; 5: 275–283), II (Punggol End Forest; 6: 7–17)III (Lentor Forest; 6: 113–124), and IV (Windsor Forest; 7: 93–109). Also: The vascular plant flora of Admiralty Forest (6: 61–72)Dover Forest (6:73–83), Bukit Batok (6: 265–287), and Upper Thomson Forest (7: 55–68). Nature in Singapore.

Ng Wen Qing. Honours Thesis. “The Interaction Between the Birds and Figs of Singapore.” Supervisor: Prof. Richard Corlett.

Mark Brian Raphael. Honours Thesis. “Comparative Ecological Performance Between Myrmecophytic Pioneer Tree Species in Singapore: The Native Macranga gigantea Versus the Exotic Cecropia pachystachya.” Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan, Assoc. Prof. Yap Von Bing.

Published as two papers:

Chong, K.Y., M.B. Raphael, L.R. Carrasco, A.T.K. Yee, X. Giam, V.B. Yap & H.T.W. Tan. 2017. Reconstructing the invasion history of a spreading, non-native, tropical tree through a snapshot of current distribution, sizes, and growth rates. Plant Ecology 218: 673–685. [website] [PDF]

Raphael, M.B., K.Y. Chong, V. B. Yap & H.T.W. Tan. 2015. Comparing germination success and seedling traits between exotic and native pioneers: Cecropia pachystachya versus Macaranga gigantea. Plant Ecology 216: 1019–1027. [website] [PDF]

Zeng Yiwen. Honours Thesis. “A Global Trait-based Assessment of Invasiveness and Vulnerability of Freshwater Crayfish.” Supervisor: Dr. Darren Yeo

Published as:

Zeng Y., K.Y. Chong, E.K. Grey, D.M. Lodge & D.C.J. Yeo. (2015) Human pre-introduction selection can confound invasive crayfish risk assessments. Biological Invasions 17: 2373–2385. [website] [PDF]

2011

Chen Junhao. Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Science. “Enhancing Herbarium Specimen Data Through a Gazetteer of Collection Localities in Singapore.” Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan

Published as:

Chen J., K.Y. Chong, A.T.K. Yee & H.T.W. Tan. (2014) A Gazetteer of the Singapore Locality Names of the Collections of the Herbarium, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore. 68 pp. [PDF]

Yeo Hwan Theng Hazelina. Honours Thesis. “Establishment and Spread of Exotic Palms in Singapore’s Forest Patches.” Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Hugh Tan, Prof. Richard Corlett.

Published as:

Yeo, H.H.T., K.Y. Chong, A.T.K. Yee, X. Giam, R.T. Corlett & H.T.W. Tan. 2014. Leaf litter depth as an important factor inhibiting seedling establishment of an exotic palm in tropical secondary forest patches. Biological Invasions 16: 381–392. [website] [PDF]

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