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Sunil Singh
Sunil Singh
Job Info
Department:
School of Education
Position Title:
Senior Lecturer
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32 32887
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Personal Info

Personal Details

PhD, [Charles Sturt University] PGCTT, MSC, BSc GCED, [Sth Pc.]

Designation: Lecturer Senior Lecturer

Courses taught/teaching 

  • ED 336 Science Education Primary 2
  • ED 350 Curriculum Studies 2 

Teaching/Work experience

Sunil has over 7 years of tertiary teaching experience with a strong science background. He has taught several undergraduate courses via face to face, blended and flexi school modes at the USP Alafua, Emalus, Laucala and Tonga campuses. In addition, he has experience with cohort teaching, as part of the Science Teachers Accelerated Program in Samoa and taught short courses in Australia. Prior to joining School of Education, he was based at the USP Alafua campus in Samoa. Sunil also has 2 years of experience working as an Education Technologist for the Centre for Flexible Learning at USP. 

Research Interests/Experience

Education Research Interests: Science Education, Curriculum development, E-learning, Learning analytics

Science Research Interests: Plant Pathology, Biosecurity, Ecology, Sustainable Agriculture

Research Supervision

Co-supervisor 

  1. Daniel Juan (MAgr) Efficacy of urea against Haemonchus contortus egg hatching in vitro and infective stage larvae in pot trials. (Submitted in 2017).
  2. Muni Swastika Shivangini (MSc) Anti-viral properties of Carica papaya on dengue causing mosquitoes and mosquito larva (In progress, Semester 2, 2017)

Grants 

  1. PACE NET seed funding $30 000 FJD “Food Security and Biosecurity in Melanesia: Land snails as pest agents of decline in self-sufficiency in healthy food production & potential for utilising edible native snails.” 2015-2016
  2. Research grant of $96 000 AUD for PhD project from the National Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre 2010-2013 
  3. Research grant of $6 781 FJD for MSc project from the Faculty of Science and Technology (Biodiversity and Conservation Research Group), The University of the South Pacific – 2007 

Consultancies

2017-2017: “Profiling Bioactive Compounds and Key Nutrients available in Pacific Island Crops and Marine Resources (Seafood)” Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) with co-funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Principal Researcher, Report. Locations: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

Committees and Community engagement

  1. Section Editor: Australasian Plant Disease Notes (2013 – Current)
  2. Editor: Journal of South Pacific Agriculture (2016-2017)
  3. USP Open day committee Alafua Campus (2015-2017)  

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Research gate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sunil_Singh10

Publications in USP Electronic Research Repository

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Singh, S. K., Hodda, M. & Ash, G. J. (2015) Keeping ‘one step ahead’ of invasive species: Using an integrated framework to screen and target species for detailed biosecurity risk assessment. Biological Invasions. 17:1069-1086 DOI 10.1007/s10530-014-0776-0 
  • Singh, S.K., Paini, D.R., Ash, G.J. & Hodda, M. (2014) Prioritising plant-parasitic nematode species for biosecurity risk assessment using self organising maps. Biological Invasions. 16:1515-1530 DOI 10.1007/s10530-013-0588-7 
  • Singh, S. K., Hodda M, Ash, G. J. & Banks, N. C. (2013) Plant-parasitic nematodes as invasive species: characteristics, uncertainty and biosecurity implications. Annals of Applied Biology 163: 323-350
  • Worner SP, Gevrey M, Eschen R, Kenis M, Paini D, Singh S, Suiter K, Watts MJ (2013) Prioritizing the risk of plant pests by clustering methods; self-organising maps, k-means and hierarchical clustering. In: Kriticos DJ, Venette RC (Eds) Advancing risk assessment models to address climate change, economics and uncertainty. Neobiota 18: 83-102 
  • Singh, S. K., Hodda, M. & Ash, G. J. 2013. Plant-parasitic nematodes of potential phytosanitary importance, their main hosts and reported yield losses. EPPO Bulletin 43: 334-374.  
  • Singh, S. K., Khurma, U. R., & Lockhart, P. J. 2012. Distribution and diversity of root-knot nematodes in agricultural areas of Fiji. Nematropica 42:16-25 
  • Singh, S. K., Conde, B., & Hodda, M. 2012. Root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita) on bitter melon (Momordica charantia) near Darwin, Australia. Australasian Plant Disease Notes. 7: 75-78 DOI 10.1007/s13314-012-0052-z 
  • Banks, N. C., Hodda, M., Singh, S. K., & Matveeva, E. M. 2012. Dispersal of potato cyst nematodes measured using historical and spatial statistical analyses. Phytopathology 102:620-626. 
  • Singh, S. K., Khurma, U. R. & Lockhart, P. J. (2010). Weed hosts of root-knot nematodes and their distribution in Fiji. Weed Technology 24: 607-612. 
  • Khurma, U. R., Deo, R.R.  & Singh, S.K. (2008). Incidence of root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) in Fiji: a preliminary investigation. South Pacific Journal of Natural Sciences 26:85-87. 
  • Singh, S. K. & Khurma, U. R. (2008). Assessing the potential of kava (Piper methysticum Forst) and wild kava (Piper aduncum L.) as organic amendments for managing root-knot nematodes. South Pacific Journal of Natural Sciences 26: 33-38. 
  • Singh, S.K. & Khurma, U. R. (2007). Susceptibility of six tomato cultivars to root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita. South Pacific Journal of Natural Sciences 25:73-77. 

Presentations and Proceedings (Conference, Symposiums and Workshop)

Conference presentations (Oral)

  • Singh, S. K. & Sharma, B. N. (2015). Increasing student engagement using a blended learning environment: A case study of undergraduate biology students. International Symposium on ICT in Development, 25-27th November, National University of Samoa Apia, Samoa.
  • Singh, S. K. & Esther, V. (2015). Postharvest treatment of taro corms to minimize biosecurity risks from plant-parasitic nematodes. 20th Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference 14-16th September, Perth, Australia.
  • Singh, S. K., Hodda, M. Banks, N. C. & Rajan. (2014). Surveillance strategies for early detection of nematode incursions. 6th International Congress of Nematology 4-9th May, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Singh, S. K., Hodda, M. & Ash, G. J. (2013). Keeping one step ahead of invasive species: Using an integrated framework to screen and target species, for detailed biosecurity risk assessment. 19th Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference 25-28th November, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Singh, S. K., Hodda, M. & Ash, G. J. (2012). A combined approach for better estimation of a species’ biosecurity risk. Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity Science exchange 2012, 23 – 25 May, Swan Valley, Western Australia.
  • Singh, S.K., Hodda, M. & Ash, G.J. (2011). Biosecurity model for exotic and non‐exotic plant parasitic nematodes. The 4th Asian Conference on Plant Pathology Concurrent with the 18th Biennial Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference 26-29 April, Darwin, Australia.
  • Singh, S.K., Hodda, M. & Ash, G.J. (2011). Targeting detection and risk assessment capability for exotic plant parasitic nematodes. Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity Science exchange 2011, 9 – 11 February, Barossa Valley, South Australia.
  • Singh, S.K., Hodda, M. & Banks, N. (2010). A plant nematode biosecurity model. Joint 30th International European Society of Nematologists Symposium & 5th Phylloxera Symposium, 19-23 September, Vienna, Austria.
  • Singh, S.K. (2009). Role of media in bridging the 'distance' between lab and the farm. Role of media in the agricultural and rural development of ACP countries. Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation Annual Seminar, 12-16 October, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Singh, S. K., Khurma, U. R. & Lockhart, P. J. (2008). Weeds acting as reservoir hosts of root-knot nematodes and implications for nematode management practices. The Fifth International Congress of Nematology, 13-18th July, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Singh, S. K. & Khurma, U. R. (2008). Bio-fumigation potential of kava and wild kava for managing root-knot nematodes. The Fifth International Congress of Nematology, 13-18th July, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Singh, S. K. (2007). Enhancing the participation of young professionals in Science, Technology and Innovation. Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) / USP workshop: Innovation and Foresight for boosting Pacific Agriculture, 16-19th July, Suva, Fiji. 

Invited Workshop presentations

  • Brodie, G., Singh, S.K., Barker G., Bresica, F., Hue, T. & Francis, J. (2016) Land snails as pest agents of decline of self-sufficiency in healthy food production and potential for utilizing edible native snails. PACE-NET Plus bi-regional Platform: Moving towards a high-level policy dialogue in Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Pathways to Innovation in the Pacific Region. 30 June-1 July, Tanoa Plaza Hotel, Nadi, Fiji.
  • Singh, S. K. Brodie, G., Barker G., Bresica, F., Hue, T. & Francis, J. (2016) Biosecurity risks from the rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis. PACE-NET Plus seed funding project stakeholder’s workshop. The University of the South Pacific, 4- 8th April, Suva Fiji.
  • Singh, S. K. Hodda, M. & Porazinska, D. (2012). Getting plant-parasitic nematodes on diagnostician's radar. Detection and Identification of Agricultural Pathogens using Next Generation Sequencing Methods: Approaches, Advantages and Pitfalls, 26-30 November, Australian National Insect Collection CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Canberra, Australia.
  • Singh, S. K. (2011). Root-knot nematodes in Fiji. Nematology in the Asia-Pacific: new and old threats to plants 26-29 April, Darwin, Australia.

 

 

Conference presentations (Poster)

  • Singh, S.K., Kriticos, D.J., Ash, G. J. & Hodda, M. (2014). Global biosecurity risks from three plant-parasitic nematode species to maize, rice and wheat, using CLIMEX modelling. 6th International Congress of Nematology, 4-9th May, Cape Town South Africa.
  • Singh, S.K. & Hodda, M. (2010). Developing a plant nematode biosecurity model. Global Biosecurity 2010. 28th February – 3rd March, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Singh, S. K., Khurma, U. R. & Lockhart, P. J. (2007). Distribution and molecular characterization of root knot nematodes from the Fiji islands. Evolution 2007, 16-20th June, Christchurch, New Zealand.

 

 

Book Chapters and Reports 

  • Brodie, G., Singh, S.K., Barker G., Bresica, F., Hue, T. & Francis, J. (2016) Land snails as pest agents of decline of self-sufficiency in healthy food production and potential for utilizing edible native snails. Final report PACE-NET Plus Seed funding grant.   
  • Worner, S., Eschen, R., Kenis, M., Paini, D., Saikkonen, K., Suiter, K., Singh, S., Vanninen, I. & Watts, M. (2015) Detecting and interpreting patterns within regional pest species assemblages using self-organizing maps and other clustering methods. In Pest Risk Modelling and Mapping for Invasive Alien Species (ed. R. C. Venette) page 97-114. CABI publishing 
  • Hodda, M., Banks, N. C., & Singh SK. 2012. Nematode threats in the NAQS (Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy) region. CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Canberra, Australia.  
  • Hazelman V.A.R., Evans, J., Hassall, K., Pene, C., Singh, S.K. Dark, S., & Janssens Bevernage, A. (2009). Getting started with Moodle: A student guide. Centre for Educational Development Technology, The University of the South Pacific. ISBN 978-982-03-5782-2

 

 

 
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