Meet the diverse group assembled in Alan D. Ziegler's #WETlab @ NUS Geography, Singapore
Alan D. Ziegler (Professor)
1 Arts Link | Kent Ridge
National University of Singapore
Alan Ziegler’s research addresses the interactions of physical and ecological systems, with water resources serving as a common nexus. His work typically involves developing environmental monitoring programs that facilitate understanding catchment processes, as they vary both naturally and anthropogenically over different spatial and temporal scales.
I am looking for new graduate students who have interest in various aspects of water resource management, environmental health, natural hazards, and/or hillslope/catchment hydrology. In particular, I am interested in exploring the risks of rural populations in developing areas to ingestion of contaminated drinking water, exposure to anthropogenic contaminants (heavy metals and pesticides), exposure water-borne pathogens (e.g., parasites, bacteria). This type of research requires extended fieldwork in foreign countries, language training, and hands-on work with local populations. The research is a multi-disciplinary balancing act, grounded in science, but with an interest in incorporating elements of human geography.
Tien Trinh Nguyen Canh (PhD Candidate)
Dissertation: Is Nee Soon catchment disturbed? a holistic approach to the catchment's elemental distribution, movement and deposition in soils and sediments
Elisha Teo (PhD Candidate)
Fluvial geomorphology, trained in optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating, the meaning of life
Marie Delalay (PhD Candidate)
Qualifications and work experience
2011–2015: Consultant at Deloitte AG, Switzerland, in the Actuarial and Insurance team. Involved in capital model validation, reserve reviews and capital requirement calculations for our (re-)insurance clients.
2011-2015: Certified Actuary of the Swiss Association of Actuaries (SAA)
2010-2012: MSc in Quantitative Finance, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)
2006-2009: BSc in Environmental Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
With a mixed background in environmental engineering, finance and actuarial sciences, I am interested in the prevention from, generation of and resilience to floods. In this context, a part of my research will focus on the modelling of flood events and their subsequent losses, especially for the insurance industry.
Other interests: Everything that is outdoor and which I consider risk-free…
Alok Bhardwaj (PhD Candidate)
PhD project: To address increasing vulnerability of the North West Himalayan region to natural hazards of landslides and large floods that are induced by high intensity rainfall
Master of Social Science (degree awarded December 2016)
Thesis: Application Of Palaeoflood Sedimentology To Identify Changes To The Fluvial Environments And To Reconstruct Peak Discharges In The Upper Ping River, Chiang Mai.
PhD Candidate, 2012-2016
The Quality of Drinking-Water Resources in Northern Thailand
E-mail: joon [dot] chuah [at] u [dot] nus [dot] edu
No fluoride on these teeth.
Featured papers from his dissertation:
Chuah, CJ, N Mukhaidin, SH Choy, GJD Smith, IH Mendenhall, YAL Lim, AD Ziegler. 2016. Cryptosporidium and giardia in the drinking-water resources of northern Thailand: a temporal and catchment-scale study. Science of the Total Environment 562: 701-713.
Chuah CJ, HR Lye, AD Ziegler, SH Wood, C Kongpun, S Rajchagool. 2016. Fluoride: A naturally-occurring health hazard in drinking-water resources of Northern Thailand. Science of the Total Environment 545-546: 266-279.
Tsunami and Storm Deposits.
PhD (Geography), National University of Singapore (Jan 2016).
Dissertation title: Assessing coastal hazards with high-energy wave-deposited boulders: Case studies from three tropical pacific islands
Featured paper from her dissertation:
Lau AY, JP Terry, AD Ziegler, AD Switzer, Y Lee, S Etiene. Understanding the history of extreme wave events in the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia from large carbonate boulders on Makemo Atoll, with implications for future threats in the central South Pacific. Marine Geology 380: 174-190.
Master Social Science: 2012-2015 (confirmed May 2015).
Thesis: Uncertainty in above- and below-ground carbon biomass in major land covers in SE Asia: Implications for biomass carbon assessments for REDD+ initiatives.
Featured paper: Yuen JQ, AD Ziegler, R Casey, EL Webb. 2013. Uncertainty in Below-ground Carbon Biomass for Major Land Covers in Southeast Asia. Forest Ecology and Management 310: 915-926.
Featured paper: Yuen JQ, T Fung, AD Ziegler. 2016. Review of allometric equations for major land covers in SE Asia: Uncertainty and implications for above- and below-ground carbon estimates. Forest Ecology and Management 360: 323–340.
Master candidate, 2013-2015.
Thesis: Social Memories of Floods: The Making of Hazardscapes in Ayutthaya.
Featured paper: Ng, XQS, SH Wood, AD Ziegler. 2014. Ancient ﬂoods, modern hazards: the Ping River, paleoﬂoods and the ’lost city’ of Wiang Kum Kam. Natural Hazards. 10.1007/s11069-014-1426-7.
Jimmy Bramante, MSc (2015)
Thesis Title: Quantifying Recent Trends in Seagrass Cover and Biomass in a Stressed Environment, Pulau Semakau, Singapore
Although my thesis primarily focused on seagrass monitoring and remote sensing techniques, my research interests had a broader range. In general I was building limited prior research to connect the health and distribution of coastal organisms to their coastal environments. This allowed me to indulge in some eclectic methods, from harvesting seagrass, to counting phytoplankton, measuring distance with stereo imaging, manually identifying and measuring thousands of corals from video transects, supervised classification of low resolution satellite images, non-linear optimization of hyperspectral reflectance models.
Shamraz Anver (Master candidate)
Masters of Social Science (2012-2015).
THESIS TOPIC: Use of Artifical Intelligence for gap filling of hydrological time series.
Shamraz won an award for the best presentation at the 8th Mathematics and Physical Science
Graduate Congress, December 2012, Bangkok, Thailand. His presentation was on "using artificial intelligence models for gap filling in hydrologic time series".
Michelle Quak (Master candidate)
Thesis Title: Provenance of seagrass sediments on Yao Yai Island, Pang Nga, Thailand.
Quak, Michelle SY, AD Ziegler, SG Benner, S Evans, PA Todd, LG Gillis, N Jachowski, S Vongtanaboon, TJ Bouma. The origin of seagrass meadow sediment on Yao Yai Island, Thailand: Emerging evidence of anthropogenic impact. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 182: 136-145.
Lucy Gwen Gillis (PhD Candidate)
Thesis Title: Facilitation Beyond Biodiversity (2014)
Post-doc researcher, Mangrove Ecology
Tel: +49(0)421 238 00-179
Fax: +49(0)421 238 00-30
Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenökologie (ZMT) GmbH Fahrenheitstraße 6
Loads of good papers from Lucy:
Featured paper: Lim HS, K Boochaphun, Ziegler, AD. 2012. Modifiers and Amplifiers of High and low Flows on the Ping River in Northern Thailand (1921-2009): The Roles of Climatic Events and Anthropogenic Activity. Water Resources Management 26 (14): 4203-4224.
Master candidate, 1999-pres.
Thesis: Natural selection and strange configurations of ahagarzetam schools