What do you do?
Dr. Siti Maryam Yaakub is a marine ecologist with a strong interest in the resilience of marine habitats. In the course of her career, Siti has dabbled and experimented with everything from coral reef fish to mangroves but decided that her heart lies firmly with seagrass habitats. She is currently working at DHI Water & Environment, an environmental consultancy, where her primary role is to assess the potential impacts of coastal development on sensitive marine ecosystems and to oversee applied ecological research in the DHI Research Centre in Singapore. Siti is also a contributing scientist to Seagrass-Watch, a global seagrass habitat monitoring program and a co-founder of TeamSeagrass, a volunteer group of citizen scientists monitoring the health of seagrass meadows in Singapore.
Where are you originally from?
What inspires you?
This is going to sound a bit nerdy, but research and conducting experiments is really what drives and excites me, and that’s what inspires me to do what I do. I really enjoy coming up with ideas on how we can do things better and the experimentation and research that has to be carried out in order to turn these concepts into viable solutions for our ecological challenges. What worries me is that we scientists are not communicating the importance and the role that ecosystems and biodiversity play in our lives even as urban city dwellers, who are seemingly disconnected from nature. The gravity of scientific findings are not being communicated effectively enough, and are not being ingrained in the hearts and minds of the public. I am inspired by the potential that art has, to bring across how intertwined with nature we really are.