CHOU Loke Ming

Emeritus Professor

Department of Biological Sciences
Tropical Marine Science Institute

Tel: (+65) 6516 5573
Email: tmsclm(AT)

Curriculum vitae

Research focus

Reef restoration, 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 resulting in compromised environmental and societal security. Science is necessary to support effective coastal governance policies. In a region with widespread marine environmental degradation exacerbated by climate change impacts, 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 impact on corals and reef restoration. Biodiversity of modified marine/coastal habitats. (I no longer accept students but will be glad to assist with co-supervision).

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, 2014, 2018).