TOH Kok Ben

Research Assistant

Email: dbstohkb(at)


Marinas as Marine Biodiversity Refugia
Singapore now has seven marinas to cater to city dwellers' increasing demand of marine recreation and waterfront living. This project aims to find out three aspects of marine biodiversity inside the marinas, i.e. Pelagic (fishes), Epibiota (on pontoons and seawalls) and Macrobenthos.
The marine biodiversity inside the marinas will be compared to those outside the marinas, which will provide insight into the potential role of marinas serving as biorefugia.

History and Research Interests

BSc (Hons) in Life Science (Biology concentration), NUS, 2003 - 2007.

MSc in Biology, NUS, 2008 - 2010.
Thesis: Identifying determinants of background matching and disruptive colouration using computer simulations and human as predator.

Research Assistant, Reef Ecology Lab, NUS, 2011 - 2016
1. Modelling the impact of climate change on Singapore's biodiversity (2011 - 2012)
2. Marinas as Marine Biodiversity Refugia (2012 - 2016)

I'm interested in putting good use of my statistical, mathematical and computing skills in biological and ecological research, especially in marine ecology modelling.