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Thu 04 Mar 2004

Boot camp for environmental managers

Category : Singapore Naturalist

Duke University graduate students on a environmental management course are here for an "8 days in Singapore" experience. Their lecturer, Dan Ritschoff is essentially conducting a boot camp that has them racing from morning to night, visiting various places hosted by his friends in the research community in Singapore .

They got a briefing about marine conservation issues in Singapore, toured the museum and was briefed by and followed a student out on her mangrove field trip where she is trying to determine the distribution of horseshoe crabs. They were a welcome help on that trip.

Dan, who has been a frequent visitor here, realised that Singapore's small size allowed easier interaction with and exposure to various agencies. There are fewer layers between the research community and the government. Issues get compacted in this microcosm of a country making for an enlightening boot camp for environmental managers in trainng!

The last time Dan visited, he and a museum volunteer picked up a scorpion fish and examined it to my surprise. With a flip the fish escaped and the volunteer was brushed by the venom-laced spines that extend from the fins. That arm went numb for a few hours! Bet they'll all be more careful this time...

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