Dr Joon Chuah

Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Joon’s research interest is in the interactions of the environmental/natural and human systems, with water, almost always, serving as the common nexus. In general, the research questions asked are: What are the impacts of anthropogenic activities (e.g. industrialisation, urban expansion, agricultural intensification) to the environment? In turn, how will the degradation of the environment (i.e. water, air, soil) as well as the anthropogenically-induced changes to the natural systems – most notably climate change – affect people? How can the environment be governed and managed better to ensure sustainability?

Joon has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering – civil and environmental (microbiology), respectively; and was previously a civil and environmental engineering consultant. He has a doctoral degree in geography (hydrology).

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Asia Now! The Archaeology of the Future City
The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.