Dr Cedric Kai Wei Tan

Research Interests

I joined WildCRU in 2014 after completing my first postdoctoral research position and DPhil in Zoology at the Edward Grey Institute of Ornithology, University of Oxford. Prior to my postgraduate studies, I did my B.Sc. in Life Sciences at the National University of Singapore. My DPhil thesis focused on understanding the role of relatedness in the sexual dynamics of the red jungle fowl and the fruit fly while my first postdoctoral research examined an important but relatively unexplored mechanism of cryptic female choice: immune-mediated sperm selection, in the red jungle fowl.

My passion for the arts and education drives my constant pursuit of novel and exciting ways of integrating science and arts both to teach and to disseminate research work to children and other non-scientists. My current position thus entails innovative teaching and outreach in conservation and research into the effectiveness of such methods. I am developing training methods, initially within the Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice, and directing training courses in Malaysia, along with associated field research on the ecology of clouded leopards. I am on the Editorial Board of Science Advances by AAAS and am a College Lecturer at Wadham and St Catherine’s College.

Selected Publications

Tan CKW, Rocha DG, Clements GR, Brenes-mora E, Hedges L, Kawanishi K, Mohamad SW, Ryan DM, Moore J, Wadey J, Campos-Arceiz A & Macdonald DW. 2017. Habitat preference and predicted range for the mainland clouded leopard Neofelis nebulosa in Peninsular Malaysia. Biological Conservation. 206: 65-74. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.12.012

Tan CKW, Doyle P, Burrell S, Bagshaw E, Wigby S, Fairfield E, Spurgin LG, Richardson DS & T Pizzari. 2017. The contrasting role of male relatedness in different mechanisms of sexual selection in red junglefowl. Evolution. 71:  403–420. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/evo.13145=

Rocha D, Sollman R, Ramalho, EE, IIha R & Tan CKW. 2016. Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) density in Central Amazonia. PLoS ONE, 11: e0154624. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0154624

Tan CKW, O’Dempsey T, Macdonald DW & Linkie M. 2015. Managing present day large-carnivores in ‘island habitats’: Lessons learned from human-tiger interactions in Singapore. Biodiversity Conservation 24: 3109-3124. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-015-1002-9

Tan CKW, Moore J & Macdonald D. 2015. The discovery of two spotted leopards in Peninsular Malaysia. Tropical Conservation Science 8: 732-737. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/194008291500800310

Carazo P, Tan CKW*, Allen F, Wigby S & Pizzari T. 2014. Within-group relatedness reduces female harm in Drosophila. Nature, 505: 672-675. *Joint first author http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature12949

Tan CKW, Hanne L, Greenway E, Goodwin S, Pizzari T & Wigby S. 2013. Sex-specific responses to sexual familiarity, and the role of olfaction. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 280: 1771. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.1691

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