When she first started studying the giant clam in 2006, Mei Lin had few peers. In 2011, she spearheaded the first restocking and conservation programme for giant clams in Singapore, and has since led another in 2018. Mei Lin is also an active advocate for marine and coastal conservation in Singapore, making scientific knowledge accessible through avenues such as her website and community platform, Celebrating Singapore Shores.
Currently on maternity leave following the birth of her second child, Mei Lin takes us through a day of work and childcare in February 2022. She muses on her identity as a mother and scientist, gearing up to return to intensive fieldwork, and nourishing her spirit through her love for both science and family.