The application of ecotoxicological tools in environmental monitoring has proven to be successful in Singapore. Ecotoxicology biomarkers are potentially useful as early warning systems of environmental degradation. However, with more frequent occurrences of catastrophic events like massive plankton blooms and fish deaths in aquaculture facilities from climate change events, a focus on environmental health that includes monitoring the health of all components of the marine ecosystem becomes essential.
This research project expands on the range of test organisms used by including all trophic levels of the marine food web, from primary producers to secondary consumers, as well as to optimise bioassay techniques for a suite of representative test organisms native to Singapore shores.
To refine and improve the application of existing biomarkers at the molecular, biochemical, cellular and physiological organismal levels for field application.
To explore the use of biomarkers in other organisms, at all trophic levels of Singapores natural marine food chains
To expand on the application of these bio-monitoring methods to schools in Singapore, and its integration as a comprehensive Citizen Science programme. Citizen scientists from schools will contribute in data collection.