Meryl Theng

Ms Meryl Theng

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Occupancy and abundance estimation: The use of remote cameras has grown exponentially over the past decade and they are now often used to quantify local vertebrate diversity, especially medium- to large-sized mammals. However, limitations in the ability to make quantitative inferences from the data continue to impede the field of applied conservation at great financial and logistical costs. I aim to test current model performance within a simulated landscape and develop them to address species-level ecological confounders such space use and movement speed.

Conservation of tropical biodiversity through carbon offset schemes: If local-scale decisions are made according to carbon offset schemes that solely prioritise carbon preservation, what does it mean for biodiversity? The overall aim of this research is to understand the fine local-scale trade-offs between mammal conservation and carbon preservation, and how it can be interpreted and applied to support the integration of biodiversity into carbon offset schemes.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Theng, M., Jusoh, W. F. A., Jain, A., Huertas, B., Tan, D. J. X., Tan, H. Z., . . . Chisholm, R. A. (2020). A comprehensive assessment of diversity loss in a well-documented tropical insect fauna: Almost half of Singapore’s butterfly species extirpated in 160 years. Biological Conservation, 242, 108401.
    2018 Theng, M., Glikman, J., & Milner-Gulland, E. (2018). Exploring saiga horn consumption in Singapore. ORYX, 52(4), 736-743.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2017 Moretti, B., Al-Sheikhly, O., Guerrini, M., Theng, M., Gupta, B., Haba, M., . . . Barbanera, F. (2017). Phylogeography of the smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata): Distinct evolutionary lineages and hybridization with the Asian small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus). Scientific Reports, 7(1), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus1
    2016 Theng, M., Sivasothi, N., & Tan, H. (2016). Diet of the smooth-coated otter Lutrogale perspicillata (Geoffroy, 1826) at natural and modified sites in Singapore. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 64, 290-301.
    2016 Theng, M., & Sivasothi, N. (2016). The smooth-coated otter lutrogale perspicillata (Mammalia: Mustelidae) in Singapore: Establishment and expansion in natural and semi-urban environments. IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin, 33(1), 37-49.

Adelaide Scholarship International (2019–2022)

The University of Adelaide


National Geographic Explorer Grant WW-266ER-17 (2018–9)

National Geographic Society

Early-career grant


Rufford Small Grant 24012-1 (2018–9)

Rufford Foundation

1st Rufford Small Grant

  • Position: PhD Candidate
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Benham, floor Ground
  • Room: G24A
  • Org Unit: School of Biological Sciences

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