CHOU Loke Ming
Adjunct Research Professor
Tropical Marine Science Institute
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.
Status and management of Southeast Asia's coral reefs and climate change impacts. High sedimentation impact 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).