Research Assistant

Email: kikuzawa(at)

Current Project

Enhancing Singapore’s Coral Reef Ecosystem in a Green Port

Singapore’s coral reef habitat has been impacted mainly by habitat loss (through reclamation and coastal morphology change) and degradation (heavy sedimentation load). Over 60% of Singapore’s reefs have been reclaimed, and a gradual loss of live coral cover together with growth zone reduction have been recorded since the 1960s. Marine environment utilization remains heavy and there is a need to examine approaches that not only minimize coral reef degradation but also enhance coral establishment in Singapore’s degraded reefs and non-reef areas.

The main objective is to improve scientific understanding of the long-term processes necessary for the development of restored reefs, thus enabling sustainable management solutions to be implemented.

Academic History

B.Sc. (Hons.) in Life Sciences (with Specialisation in Environmental Biology), National University of Singapore (2015)
Honours Project - Influence of Microhabitat Characteristics on Homalopsid Snakes (Family: Homalopsidae) in Pasir Ris Park Mangrove, Singapore

Research Interests

Coral reef conservation; coral reef restoration; coral reef ecology