CHOU Loke Ming

Adjunct Research Professor

Tropical Marine Science Institute & Department of Biological Sciences

Tel: (+65) 6969-2973
Fax: (+65) 6779-2486
Email: tmsclm(AT)

Curriculum vitae

Research focus

My interests are coral reef biology, coastal management, and conservation. Southeast Asia remains the global hotspot for marine biodiversity but intense anthropogenic pressure has significantly depressed the level of ecosystem services. The implications are compromised environmental and societal security. Coastal management is crucial and science is necessary to support effective governance policies. In a region where coastal and marine environmental degradation is widespread, habitat restoration/remediation remains part of the needed response.

Current research

Status and management of Southeast Asia’s coral reefs and climate change impacts. High sedimentation impacts on corals and reef restoration. Marine biodiversity of modified habitats.

Research application and extension

Edited the first regional State of the Marine Environment Report in collaboration with COBSEA (Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia). [UNEP/COBSEA 2010. State of the Marine Environment Report for the East Asian Seas 2009 (Ed. Chou LM), COBSEA Secretariat, Bangkok. 156p.]

Involved with ICRI/GCRMN compilation of ‘Status of Coral Reefs of the World’ reports (1988, 2002, 2004, 2008) and Japan’s Ministry of the Environment ‘Status of Coral Reefs in East Asian Seas Region’ (2004 & 2010).

Regional/international responsibilities

  • Asia Environmental Council
    Executive Board – member (since 1998)
  • GESAMP (Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection)
    Member (since Apr 2010)
  • Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
    Marine Resource Conservation Working Group, Roster of Experts (since Nov 2010)

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