Graduate students

Hasan Akhtar is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Geography in National University of Singapore (NUS). His PhD work at NUS examines the changes in Carbon dynamics of tropical peat swamp forest in Southeast Asia. This research addresses the effects of land use change on Carbon dynamics within pristine, degraded and modified (agriculture & plantation) tropical peat swamp forests.
Hasan has 4 years of professional experience, working in the capacity of Environmental Manager in Iron and Steel sector in India. He also holds two graduate degrees; a Master of Technology (M. Tech.) degree in Environmental Science & Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad, India, and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Environmental Science from the University of Allahabad (UoA). Prior to this, he did his under-graduation in Chemistry and Botany from UoA. His M.Sc. dissertation was focused on the qualitative analysis of ground and surface water bodies in and around industrial areas in Allahabad, India. For his M. Tech. thesis, he worked on Carbon sequestration study in reclaimed coal mines, which were over-burden dump sites.
His research interests lie in Carbon sequestration, GHG flux measurement, Land Use & Land Use Change in Southeast Asian Tropical peatlands.
    
   
Neha Bisht comes from a small yet charming town in northern India, Nainital. She has a postgraduate degree in Natural Resources Management, TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi and an undergraduate degree in Forestry from Pantnagar University, Uttarakhand, India. 
Before joining NUS as a PhD student she worked as an Associate Ecosystems Specialist at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal on ecosystem management and long term environmental and socio-ecological monitoring in transboundary landscapes of the Himalayan region where she was involved in research on ecosystem services, rangeland resource assessment, invasive alien plant species, springs, community forestry, participatory natural resource management, long-term forest monitoring and climate change adaptation. 
   
Research Project: 
Disturbance interaction and its impact on forest ecosystem services 

Forests around the globe have undergone rapid change in distribution and condition due to natural and anthropogenic disturbance factors. These disturbances have resulted in rapid land use and land cover change leading to a worldwide reduction in species diversity, thus affecting the flow of ecosystem services. Studies have shown that disturbances are essential drivers of ecological change but an increase in intensity and severity of these disturbances, exceeding the ecosystems resistance threshold, have been recorded in the past decades. 
An understanding of these disturbance pathways and their interactions that cause changes to the severity of the disturbance impact can be a key to developing successful management interventions in forest ecosystems. The proposed research seeks to build a scientific understanding towards the concept of disturbance interaction and its impact on ecosystem services.
   

Undergraduate students

Lorraine Ong Xin Yi 
The impact of fire on CO2 and CH4 production in tropical peatswamp forest: an incubation experiment.

Muhammad Alif B Azan 
Modelling floods in coastal oil palm plantations on peat