Sinlan Poo (Sheila)
I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Lab, led by Dr. David Bickford, at the National University of Singapore. I am broadly interested in the reproductive ecology, parental care behavior, and phenotypic plasticity.
For my Ph.D work, I have been focusing on the parental care and environmentally cued hatching in Rhacophorids frogs at the Sakaerat Environmental Research Station in Thailand. I am interested in working with amphibians in general, and hope to extend my work to other sites in SE Asia, including Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in the near future.
Originally from Taiwan, I obtained my bachelor's degree at Boston University, where I assisted in research on embryonic development and hatching plasticity of neotropical treefrogs (in particular, the red-eyed treefrog, Agalychnis callidryas) in Panama, as well as local herps in Massachusetts, under the direction of Dr. Karen Warkentin and Dr. Ivan Gomez-Mestre. During college, I also spent a semester in Ecuador and had the privilege of studying tropical ecology at the Tiputini Biodiversity Research Station in the Ecuadorean Amazon as well as other sites throughout the country. After graduation, I worked as a field biologist at the Western Riverside Biological Monitoring Program conducting surveys for threatened and endangered amphibians, reptiles, mammals, plants, and inverts in sunny, smoggy, Southern California for 2 years before starting my Ph.D program.