Hello! I am Wan.
I am a Research Fellow in Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore. I am broadly interested in conservation biology particularly in insect biodiversity and wetlands management. I also have a keen interest in developing biodiversity databases from specimen-based collection to digital museum. On top of that, I am passionate about fireflies. Endlessly.
Since small I have always been fascinated about the diversity of life on our planet.
I am always wondering how many species there are on Earth and how they relate with one another. This fascination with biodiversity has grown into a passion for the fireflies. I have been involved in the study of fireflies since my undergraduate final year project. My first research started in 2006 when I opted to study the synchronous flashing fireflies in Kuala Sepetang, Perak, Malaysia, as part of my undergraduate thesis. The following year, I continued my exploration of the fireflies in Rembau-Linggi estuary for which I was awarded an MSc degree. From 2011-2014, I attended an Erasmus Mundus’s PhD exchange programme at University of Turku, Finland where I started developing interests in integrative taxonomy of fireflies from Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak. A year later I graduated with a PhD in Entomology.
Prior to joining NUS, I worked at WWF-Malaysia for Setiu Wetlands project where I gained invaluable experience and knowledge in the field of conservation. Some of our conservation work in Setiu were featured here.
Let’s shine a light on fireflies!