I’m an avid climber and hiker, and I love nature and outdoors activities. A 24-year-old Singaporean currently doing a MRes in Ecosystem and Environmental Change at Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus (2015-2016). I did my undergraduate degree on a Jardine Foundation scholarship in Natural Sciences (Biological) at the University of Cambridge (2012-2015), where I dipped into geology and palaeontology on top of evolution, ecology and conservation in the Department of Zoology. Before starting my bachelor’s, I took a 21 month ‘gap year’.
I am interested in effective biodiversity conservation – impact evaluation of conservation interventions, prioritisation, forecasting, making cost effective decisions, and getting science into policy. I hope to do a PhD in spatial ecological modelling. I’m also interested in science communication, environmental and outdoor education and outreach, and conservation philosophy. I like R, data analysis, data visualisation, and want to learn more about spatial statistics. One of my goals in life is to one day, answer questions on StackExchange instead of asking questions.
My current research is on deforestation hotspots and modelling drivers of hotspots, with supervisors from University College London, Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research.
More information about me can be found on my personal blog: http://something-worth-leaving-behind.blogspot.com
You may contact me at:
jocelyne[dot]sze[at]gmail[dot]com or you can view my CV here.
[From my 19-year-old self] I want to make a positive difference, change the world, and leave the world a better place, and not become jaded and cynical in the process. And I believe I can start by blogging and sharing my views and experiences.
It’s not that common to find people super interested in Nature and biodiversity in Singapore, with the little ecology/environmental education and not so great a Nature/outdoor influence amongst the population. Nonetheless, people like that still exist (: I started out in my secondary school (Raffles Girls’ School Secondary)’s Outdoor Activities Club, and then did a research project on seagrasses under an awesome biology teacher (Mr Lim Cheng Puay!) in my 3rd year. Continued volunteering with Team Seagrass and learned more about our biodiversity and the threats to our shores. In junior college (Raffles Institution), I joined the Ecological Literacy elective programme and found a group of like-minded souls, with whom I formed a group known as Walks of Life. We conducted walks to various nature areas in Singapore for the student population. I also did another research project under MOE’s Science Research Programme (NUS-Tropical Marine Science Institute) on rocky shore ecology for my GCE ‘A’ Levels. Subsequently, during my gap year, I did a lot more volunteering and working in the biodiversity community, and now, I can’t see myself doing anything else!
Definition of ‘ramble’ by Oxford Dictionary:
1. walk for pleasure in the countryside
2. talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way
This blog is not just about walks amidst nature, not just talks/writings about nature (hopefully not confused or inconsequential! though I tend to go on at length). This is a journal of what I do and what I think. I do some guiding, some volunteering, both terrestrial and marine, and I think about nature and environmental issues.