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Rising star Naomi Clark-Shen shines on Prestige's 40 Under 40

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Fri, 22 Sep 2023
Rising star Naomi Clark-Shen shines on Prestige's 40 Under 40

Ms Naomi Clark-Shen's mission and commitment to marine conservation earned her a spot in Prestige’s “40 Under 40”.

Ms Naomi Clark-Shen, a PhD student at James Cook University in Singapore, has been recognised for her contributions to marine conservation and research. She was selected to be on Prestige’s “40 Under 40” list which celebrates young talents making a significant impact in their respective fields.

Ms Clark-Shen's journey demonstrates her dedication to environmental conservation and marine life. She is presently taking a PhD in marine science, and her research spotlights two noteworthy species — the blackspot shark and blue-spotted maskray, which are commonly caught as bycatch in the region. Her work aims to study their life cycles, ecological significance, and fisheries, and the implications for conservation and management.

"My goal is to use the findings from my studies and work toward feasible conservation measures for sharks and stingrays — aka, turning the research into action," shared Ms Clark-Shen, reflecting her determination to translate research into real-world impact.

"A lot of people consider protecting animals and nature because of the benefits it provides us — such as food, clean air, and so on. But I have always been driven to protect animals and nature simply because they deserve to be here as well, and the world is just nicer with them in it. This non-self-centered way of thinking about it shows I have a genuine passion for helping animals and nature, which keeps me focused and driven,” she added.

(Ms Naomi Clark-Shen by the seaside at Changi Beach Park, Singapore.)

Beyond her academic pursuits, Ms Clark-Shen actively co-leads an independent project based at Singapore's fishery ports, where she collects data on both imported and locally caught sharks and rays, contributing invaluable insights to ongoing conservation efforts. Her dedication to safeguarding these vulnerable species extends to her role as a consultant for shark, stingray, and seafood projects under World Wide Fund for Nature Singapore. Additionally, she serves as a board member of the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES).

Ms Clark-Shen’s inclusion in the "40 Under 40" list serves as an inspiration to her peers, mentors, and the wider community. She embodies the remarkable potential of young individuals to drive positive change, and contribute to sustainability efforts on this planet.

Find out more about possible Higher Degree by Research projects.

Find out more about the Tropical Futures Institute.

Find out more about the Singapore campus of James Cook University.


Media: Ms Pinky Sibal [email protected]