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Name
Wong Khoon Meng
Designation

Principal Researcher, Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board, Singapore

Qualification
Ph.D., Botany Department, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1992). Supervisors: Prof. B.C. Stone & Prof. A.L. Lim. Awarded the Malayan Nature Society's Tan Teck Guan Gold Medal for outstanding doctoral dissertation 1992
B.Sc. (Honours, First Class) in Botany, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1979). Supervisor: Prof. T.C. Shen. Awarded the E. Balasingam Gold Medal for Biological Sciences 1979
Organization
Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board
Email
Tel No.
+60-88-24076
Fax No.
+65 6471 9868
URL
UTAR Contact Person Dr Goh Wei Lim


Employment
  • Aug. 2013 – present Principal Researcher, Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board, Singapore.
  • June 2010 – July 2013 Senior Researcher (from June 2010); Keeper of the Singapore Herbarium (Sep. 2010 – July 2013) / concurrently Asst Director (Botanical Research) (from Oct. 2010), Asst Director (Research & Conservation) (April 2012 – July 2013)]
  • Jan 2008 – Mar 2008 (on sabbatical) Visiting Researcher to Kunming Botanical Garden, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, and South China Botanical Garden, China.
  • Jul 2007 – Nov 2007 (on sabbatical) Research Associate & Mercer Fellow, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, USA
  • Dec. 2003 – April 2010 Professor, Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Dec. 1996 – Dec. 2003 Associate Professor, Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Aug. 1994 – Oct. 1994 Botanical Liaison Officer for Tree Flora of Sabah & Sarawak, at the Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K.
  • Jan. 1992 – Nov. 1996 Senior Forest Botanist (Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak) (Head, Botany Section, Jan. 1992 to Nov. 1995), Forest Research Centre, Forestry Department, Sabah, Malaysia.
  • Dec. 1987 – Dec. 1991 Forestry Officer (Botany), concurrently Head, Parks & Conservation Section, Forestry Department, Brunei Darussalam
  • Aug. 1986 – Dec. 1987 Senior Forest Botanist and Head of Botany, FRIM
  • June 1980 – July 1986 Forest Botanist, Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM)
  • Oct. 1979 – May 1980 Curator, Parks and Recreation Department, Singapore
Teaching

  • Organismal Evolution, Plant Biology, Taxonomy & Systematics

  • Biology & Systematics of Angiosperms, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya (1998/99: 3rd year BSc course SBES 3301). Botany students' final-year prerequisite week-long field course, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya (1997 Tioman Island; 1998/99, SBES 3182, Forest Res. Inst. Malaysia). Diversity of the Malaysian Flora, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya (1997/98: 2nd year BSc course SEES 2131). Genetic Processes and Organismal Evolution, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya (1999/2000: 2nd year BSc course SSES 2306). Introduction to Field Biology, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya (1997 2nd year BSc course SBES 2304). The Dicots, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya (1997/98: part of 2nd year BSc course SSES 2308 Flora of Malaysia). The Flora of Malaysia, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya (1997/98, 1998/99, 2000/01: 2nd year BSc course SSES 2308). The Monocots, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya ―Flora of Malaysia‖ (1999/2000: part of 2nd year BSc course SSES 2308 Flora of Malaysia).
  • Tropical Forest Ecology, Management and Conservation

  • Ecology of Tropical Forests, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya (1998/99 & 1999/2000: 2nd year BSc course SSES 2106; 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2008/09, 2009/10: 2nd Year BSc course SHES 2007).Curriculum vitae of K.M. Wong Page TOTAL PAGES: 16 3 Management of Forest Resources, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya (2000/01 3rd Year BSc course SSES 3108). Plant Management & Conservation, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya (1997/98: 2nd year BSc course SBES 2305). Population and Community Ecology, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (2009/10: 2nd year BSc/BScEd course BI 4229). Tropical Forest Ecology & Ecophysiology, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (2009/10: 2nd year BSc course BI 4224). ( shared with K. Tennakoon). Waste Lands: Resource degradation and renewal in Malaysia, Forestry Faculty, Agricultural University of Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia (1982/83: part of Final Year Course FPP 430 Vegetation Dynamics, 20 Sept. 1983).
  • Others

  • "Rattan and Bamboo Field Identification", for the National Forest Inventory. 8 September 1981 at Sg. Lalang, Selangor, Malaysia. "Tree Management", in conjunction with the Course on Nursery Practices and Town Beautification, for Staff of the Forestry Department, 12 April 1982 at the Forest Research Institute, Kepong, Malaysia. "Planting and Silviculture of Rattans." At the Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corporation Training Course on Rattan (Cane) Furniture Manufacturing, jointly organized by BSCIC and Technonet-Asia, 23 March - 4 April 1983 at Dhaka, Bangladesh. "Urban Planting: Role, Strategy and Implementation." 3.5 hours of lectures to Town Planners and Landscape Architects of the Urban Development Authority of Malaysia, attending a course on "Role and Impact of Landscaping in Development Projects of the Federal Territory", 24 May 1984 at the Urban Development Authority Headquarters, 5th Floor, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ―Scientific Flora Writing Workshop.‖ Resource person for the workshop held at the Forest Research Centre, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia, sponsored by the Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak Project, 24 – 29 March 1997. ―Documenting and Collecting Bamboos.‖ Chief Resource Person and Lecturer, International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) training course organised by IPGRI-University of Malaya-FRIM, Kuala Lumpur, 26 Nov. – 1 Dec 2001. ―Field Introduction to Tropical Rain Forests.‖ Chief Resource Person and Lecturer, University of Malaya (Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden)- University of Vienna (Inst. of Botany) joint field course, Endau-Rompin National Park, Johor / Klang Gates Quartzite Ridge, Selangor, Malaysia, 31 March–5 April 2004. "Rainforest Interpretation Workshop"
Awards
  • UNESCO‒MAB (Man And Biosphere) programme sponsorship to visit the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa, Republic of Panama; July–August 1985. (Specific interest areas: Large-plot study of demographic processes in tropical rain forest; Biological field-project management)
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board, support for attending the 5th International Conference on Natural Resources in the Tropics (NRTrop5), Sarawak, Malaysia, 29 Nov 2017
  • American & European Bamboo Societies sponsorship to present an invited paper at the 2nd International Bamboo Congress, Bambouseraie de Prafrance, Anduze, France, 7–10 June, 1988.
Professional Organization
  • Award and Grant Applications Judge: Princess Rashidah Young Nature Scientist Award, Brunei Darussalam (The 5th awards, 2002, Forestry Department, Ministry of Industry & Primary Resources, Brunei Darussalam). Selection committee: Singapore Botanic Gardens Fellowships (2010-2013: plant taxonomy & systematics projects).
  • Botanical Research Member: Advisory Committee on Research planning for the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei (July 1994). External research reviewer: EcoKinabalu Project (collective work of researchers from Universities of Kyoto, Hokkaido, Kagoshima), Kinabalu Park, Sabah (8–10 March 2000). Research Associate & Mercer Fellow: Harvard University Herbaria & Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, U.S.A. (July–November 2007). Member, Scientific Committee, 5th International Rubiaceae and Gentianales Conference, Bergius Foundation, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden (6-10 September 2010). Member, Research Steering Committee and Technical Evaluation Panel, National Parks Board, Singapore (2010-2012). Honorary Research Associate, Da Lat University Herbarium, Vietnam (2013-))
  • Conservation & Sustainability Studies Consultant: Feasibility of an export-oriented rattan furniture industry in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) & Technonet-Asia (March–April 1983). Member: Panel of Experts for the 2nd Blueprint for Conservation for Malaysia, Malayan Nature Society (1990). Member: Academy of Sciences Malaysia Committee on Sustainability Science and Policy (September 2002). Reviewer: Film script for Documentary on Belum Forest, Perak, Malaysia, by Novista Sdn. Bhd. (Sept. 2004). Advisor: Project for establishment of living collections of indigenous medicinal plants among the Semelai community of Tasik Bera, Malaysia, Wetlands International (August 2005).(Guilin)
  • Facility Development for Research & Education Reviewer: Proposed revival of herbarium facilities for the Penang Botanic Garden, Malaysia (April 1987). Advisor: Establishment of forest trail highlighting useful medicinal plants and other interesting species, Endau-Rompin National Park, Malaysia (2002). Advisor: Establishment of the Heritage Trail at the Malaysian Nature Society premises, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2003). Member: Review Panel for Development of the Penang Botanic Garden, Malaysia (July 2005–November 2007). Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Penang Botanic Garden, Malaysia (July 2008–Jan 2009).
  • Tertiary teaching Visiting Professor: Biology Programme, Faculty of Science, University of Brunei Darussalam (August–Dec 2009).

 

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