06 December 2011

10 Dec (Sat): Talk on "Forests of the Sea" by Siti M. Yaakub

Seagrass meadows are one of the most productive ecosystems on earth, but no one knows what they are! Are they algae? Are they seaweed? Can they be eaten? Is it true you can find mermaids frolicking in seagrass meadows?
Marine biologist Siti M. Yaakub will teach us about these underwater forests, what makes them tick and why everyone should hug a seagrass today!

Debby Ng shares more about Siti on the Hantu Blog:

Siti read marine biology as an undergraduate at James Cook University where she dabbled in various aspects of the marine sciences from geology to genetics. Her first encounter with seagrasses started in a marine botany class in second year and when she went back to Singapore during her semester break, she started surveying seagrasses in Singapore just for giggles. Little did she realise that brief dalliances turn into lifelong obsessions – seagrass continued to be a feature when she worked as a Senior Biodiversity Officer with NParks and now as a graduate student at the National University of Singapore. She has since accepted her fate as a seagrass-nerd-extraodinaire and strongly advocates that everyone should hug a seagrass today.

Don't miss this opportunity to find out more about our fascinating seagrasses in Siti's quirky and fun talk!

Time: 2.30pm
Venue. The National Geographic Store, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-19 VivoCity.
Website and contact: http://www.ngsingaporestore.com/exhibits/forests_sea.html

The National Geographic Store is also hosting a marine exhibition of posters of Singapore's marine life by wildsingapore from 1 Nov-31 Dec.

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