Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Lim Siew-Lee, Shirley
Director (Academic), PaCE
Associate Professor, National Institute of Education - Natural Sciences & Science Education
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Before taking on the portfolio of Executive Director, PaCE@NTU in April 2020, Assoc Prof Shirley Lim has more than 15 years of leadership experience in various capacities (Sub-Dean, IT Support in Science Cluster; Deputy Head and later as Head, Natural Sciences and Science Education) in NIE. She has been Associate Dean (Research Grants Management) at the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning, NIE, since 2012 until she relinquished the post in June 2020. A marine ecologist by training, she has carried out extensive fieldwork at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, the Gerace Research Centre in The Bahamas and the Phuket Marine Biological Center in Thailand. To date, she has published four books, eight book chapters, 46 journal papers and 84 conference presentations.

She holds the distinction of being the first lady President of The Singapore Institute of Biology (a professional society for biologists and biology educators). Recognition for her contribution to the field of carcinology culminated in her being successfully elected as the President-Elect of The Crustacean Society (TCS), a USA-based professional society for crustacean biologists in 2016. She is the second lady President of TCS and the first Asian female to helm the society from 2018 to 2019; currently, she is the immediate Past President on the TCS Board.

Assoc Prof Lim organized the 1st to 10th Singapore Biology Olympiads and trained the Singapore team for competition at the International Biology Olympiads (IBO). She led 11 national teams to IBOs from 2001, often returning with top five rankings. The international IBO community recognized her contribution by electing her for two consecutive terms (8 years) as one of the four Steering Committee members of the IBO fraternity. She co-chaired the Committee that successfully organized the 23rd IBO that Singapore hosted at NTU and NUS in July 2012, with 59 countries’ participation, earning her the Nanyang Award for Teamwork in 2013. Her efforts to promote biology and biology education has won her recognition at the national level, garnering her two Public Administration Awards: Bronze and Silver medals at the 2008 and 2014 National Day Awards respectively.
Coastal Marine Ecology, Functional morphology, Optimal foraging strategies
  • Assessing potential human impact on Singapores coastal habitats through the use of benthic crabs
• 2018 Long Service Award (25 years) Singapore National Day Award
• 2015 Emerald Literati Award (Outstanding Author Contribution for chapter in Advances in Research on Teaching) Emerald Group Publishing
• 2014 Public Administration Award (Silver) Singapore National Day Award
• 2013 Nanyang Award for Teamwork Nanyang Technological University
• 2008 Public Administration Award (Bronze) Singapore National Day Award