In brief...

I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
My interests vary from conservation to education to heritage to Nature (biodiversity & wildlife) to outdoor activities to life in general.
They occupy most of my waking moment.
Do read my blogs, follow me on Twitter (@jocelynesze) and friend me on Facebook (subject to my discretion). Visit my Nature blog, Nature Rambles, at

UPDATE 2 Apr 2017 - This site is no longer maintained, please visit if you're interested in more recent writing.


I am a 24-year-old Singaporean Catholic currently doing a MRes in Ecosystem and Environmental Change at Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus (2015-2016). I did my undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Zoology) at University of Cambridge (2012-2015), where I dipped into geology and palaeontology on top of evolution, ecology and conservation. I took a 21 month gap between finishing my A levels at Raffles Institution (2009-2010) and starting my bachelor's, when I worked primarily in the Singapore Zoo, National University of Singapore (then-named) Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, and the National Parks Board. Before that, I did the Integrated Programme at Raffles Girls' School (Secondary) (2005-2008), where I was actively involved in various leadership and service programmes, and where I first discovered my love for ecology (biology) and the outdoors.

I am an avid climber (primarily sport lead, though I boulder and occasionally trad climb) and hiker. I often suffer from wanderlust, and enjoy travelling and exploring more off-beat places for mountains, water bodies, wildlife, and the outdoors. Secondhand bookstores in quaint English villages, and outdoor shops are a weakness of mine.

While I am (usually) happiest outdoors, I am also increasingly finding myself drawn to more desk-bound activities from an intellectual interest point of view. Academically speaking, my interests lie in effective (biodiversity) conservation - impact evaluation of conservation interventions, prioritisation, forecasting, making cost effective decisions, and getting science into policy. Spatial analysis, GIS, modelling, and data visualisation excite me. I also enjoy contemplating conservation philosophy. I will always have a soft spot for the marine biomes, having started out monitoring seagrasses, but I am also interested in land use and land cover change, and global environmental change in general.

I started this blog in 2006 (when I was young, angsty teenager), and have never stopped chronicling my life since. I'd like to think I have matured over the years, and that is reflected in my writing. I also keep a Nature blog which I started in 2011, where I write on more ecological/environmental/conservation/outdoor issues.

Contact me at jocelyne[dot]sze[at]gmail[dot]com.
View my CV here.

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people 
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics 
and endure the betrayal of false friends; 
to appreciate beauty
to find the best in others; 
to leave the world a bit better, a garden patch 
or a redeemed social condition; 
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded. 


Page updated: 19 April 2016.

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