I’m a PhD student from Institute of Oceanography and Environment (INOS), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Malaysia. My research interest focuses on marine biogeochemistry with my project aim to provide a better understanding of the nutrient cycle in the southern South China Sea. My work mainly involves investigating the distribution of nutrients (i.e. nitrogen- (N), phosphorus- (P), silicon- (Si) and organic carbon- (C) based nutrients), both in dissolved and particulate forms, in Malaysian waters. The nutrient cycle focused on N, by using a stable isotope (e.g. 15NO3- and 15NH4+) techniques to quantify the uptake rate of N. With this finding, it would provide a better understanding of the nutrient consumption rate and sources of N uptake by the marine primary producer. In addition, this study also aims to provide comprehensive understanding of the nutrient dynamic in the coastal upwelling region and its influence on productivity.
I have participated in a series of research cruises such as the ‘National Scientific Cruise Expedition’ (August- September 2016) and Scientific Cruise expedition HICOE Projects (December 2016- June 2017), both cruises conducted in the South China Sea. As a research assistant in these projects, I was in charge of collecting the seawater samples, analysis of the samples, intepreting the results, and reporting.
As part of the shipboard training programme, I have personally gained an enormous amount of knowledge and acquired new skills from outstanding oceanographers. The entire practical experience acquired is necessary to my research and the advice and opinions from experts are needed in order to improve the quality of my research and will allow me to improve our previous shortcomings, especially related to nutrients and oxygen measurement.