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Here is more about Norman in his own words ...
How did you first get involved in working for nature in Singapore?
I first voluntered for a scientific research project in Dec 2000. It was on the flight dynamics of a local species of flying snakes (Chrysopelea paradisii; see the Flying Snake Homepage for more details) and was my first encounter with a live snake. There was where I met many of my wonderful nature-loving friends, including my mentor and friend Julian W.
What do you get out of working for nature?
I do not get any monetary gains out of working for nature, and do not expect to as well. It is just pure exhilaration being able to be so close to nature and marvel at the wonderful flora and fauna.
What is your approach/personal motto in your work?
My personal motto is do not do things that you will regret on your deathbed.
What are some of your current projects?
I am now going to embark on my Masters research project. The details have not been worked out yet, but will be on a local mammal-- the scaly anteater or Malayan pangolin (Manis javanica). I would also be improving on my data collected from my Honours project, which was on the Malayan flying lemur (Cynocephalus variegatus; a local gliding mammal).
[Ria's comment: Here's an article about Norman's study of the flying lemurs and
Wildlife Singapore has Norman's photos of this amazing creature]
Visit Norman's personal website which he set up with the hope that more people (especially Singaporeans) will be aware of the precarious situation of the fragile wildlife in Singapore, and around the world. It has articles and a gallery of wonderful photos about all kinds of flora and fauna, as well as links to more information.
You can email Norman at email@example.com
Norman is 25. He is currently a graduate student at the National University of Singapore, Department of Biological Sciences, Ecology and Systematics Laboratory. He currently spends a lot of time exploring Singapore's forests.
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