Dr. Karenne Tun
Director (National Biodiversity Centre - Coastal & Marine and Terrestrial
National Parks Board
Dr Karenne Tun is the Director of the Coastal and Marine and Terrestrial Branches at the National Biodiversity Centre, National Parks Board (NParks). She joined NParks in 2013, after an 18 year circuit within academia, non-profit organisations and private environmental consultancy, during which time she obtained her PhD from the National University of Singapore where she focused on developing tools for coral reef monitoring and management. Karenne’s interest in the marine environment was ignited as an undergraduate, where, over the years, her fascination turned to concern at their rapid decline, particularly within the region.
Karenne subsequent work at NUS focused on studying the impacts of anthropogenic activities on coral reefs, before moving onto coordinating coral reef monitoring efforts in the Southeast Asian region. Karenne’s current work at NParks covers issues related to the management and conservation of Singapore’s coastal and marine and terrestrial environments and the biodiversity they support. Her team is also responsible for managing Singapore’s first Marine Park - the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park, and works closely with the wider community to encourage responsible stewardship and sustainable use of the Marine Park to achieve the overarching objectives of conservation, outreach, education and research.