Wen Xuan Chiok

Wen Xuan Chiok
Nanyang Technological University | ntu · Asian School of the Environment

BSc Environmental Biology
Looking to embark on a PhD program relating to the conservation of Southeast Asian mammals & the landscapes they inhabit

About

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Introduction
Wen Xuan (Shane) is a National Geographic Explorer and Terrestrial Ecologist. A conservationist with keen interests in tropical Southeast Asian vertebrates and the global wildlife trade. Currently studying Wild Boars (Sus scrofa) in Southeast Asia, examining their impacts on wildlife communities, trophic cascades and overall food web influences. Previously worked on trade-threatened Southeast Asian songbirds. [https://www.nationalgeographic.org/find-explorers/wen-xuan-shane-chiok]
Additional affiliations
May 2020 - present
Nanyang Technological University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Asian School of the Environment
October 2019 - May 2020
National University of Singapore
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Researched avian diversity patterns in Sundaland, particularly on island biogeography and the small island effect. In the Theoretical Ecology and Modelling Lab headed by Dr. Ryan Chisholm.
November 2018 - April 2019
TRAFFIC Southeast Asia
Position
  • Consultant
Description
  • Worked on a wildlife trade project
Education
August 2015 - August 2019
National University of Singapore
Field of study
  • Environmental Biology

Publications

Publications (7)
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The Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus has experienced marked population declines and extirpations due to unsustainable trade and habitat loss across South-East Asia. As a result, the species has been uplisted from Endangered to Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List within a short span of two years. To ascertain the extent of its region...
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The Straw-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus zeylanicus is one of SouthEast Asia's most threatened songbirds due to relentless demand for the regional cage-bird trade. The species was recently uplisted from 'Endangered' to 'Critically Endangered' only two years after its previous uplisting. Intriguingly, populations in highly urbanised Singapore appear relat...
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Eleven years ago, BirdingASIA 11 carried an article (Collar & Sykes 2009) highlighting ‘lost’ and highly threatened bird species in OBC’s geographic purview that could be aided through the provisioning of valuable field data by OBC members and the wider ornithological community. The selected species were compiled from Butchart et al. (2005), who re...
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The practice of keeping birds is a long-held tradition in Southeast Asia, including in Singapore. Beyond market surveys that have documented Singapore's sizeable bird market, there is a compelling need to understand the underlying drivers of demand for songbirds, and how these are influenced by social factors. We conducted semi-structured surveys o...
Technical Report
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Singapore’s demand for wildlife traded as pets online has not been well studied. Previous inventories of pet shops in Singapore have shown an existing significant market for wildlife pets, particularly birds. While physical markets are still active, online platforms are increasingly important marketplaces. Facebook is a popular platform with more t...
Presentation
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A summary of the conservation status of songbirds in Southeast Asia. Side event presentation at CITES CoP18, Geneva, Switzerland. Full slides available upon request.

Projects

Projects (2)
Project
To ascertain threat levels in CR species and pinpoint locations with the greatest conservation impact.