In my current role, I am coordinating collaborations among different institutes and preparing proposals for upcoming calls for funding and grants at EU and Dutch national scales. Moreover, I am providing research support to colleagues in the animal behaviour group.
Originally from Malaysia, I obtained full scholarships to complete my bachelor's degree at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University studying Applied Biology with Biotechnology. I then furthered my education with a master’s in Ecology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and graduated with cum laude. During my three MSc internships, I examined energetic costs of eyes in springtails, conducted literature study on birdsong as mating barrier, and investigated whether zebrafish preferred a quiet versus a noisy tank.
I continued with my PhD at Leiden University, studying how man-made sounds of different temporal structures affect the swimming patterns of European seabass. I also studied how the effects are influenced by various environmental factors and how fish habituate to sound exposure. Furthermore, I compared the effects of tank-based experiments with open-water experiments. After my PhD, I conducted one year of postdoctoral research at Wageningen University & Research, testing the efficacy of an underwater acoustic deterrent device on fish and exploring various acoustic features that could be incorporated to improve its efficacy.
By the end of my postdoc project, I suffered from a burnout and decided to take a career break. Since then, I have managed to cultivate healthy mental wellbeing and forge sustainable support networks. Meanwhile, I was conducting workshops for corporate clients while learning new skills in various fields, including advanced data analytics. After several years, I decided to get back to academia to tackle challenging problems and provide research support to other researchers.
- Hubert J., Neo Y.Y., Winter H.V. & Slabbekoorn H. (2020), The role of ambient sound levels, signal-to-noise ratio, and stimulus pulse rate on behavioural disturbance of seabass in a net pen, Behavioural Processes 170: 103992.
- Neo Y.Y., Hubert J., Bolle L.J., Winter H.V. & Slabbekoorn H. (2018), European seabass respond more strongly to noise exposure at night and habituate over repeated trials of sound exposure, Environmental Pollution 239: 367-374.
- Shafiei Sabet S., Neo Y.Y. & Slabbekoorn H.W. (2016), Impact of Anthropogenic Noise on Aquatic Animals: From Single Species to Community-Level Effects. In: Popper A. & Hawkins A. (Eds.) The effects of Noise on Aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology no. 875 New York, U.S.A.: Springer. 957-61.
- Neo Y.Y., Hubert J., Bolle L., Winter H.V., Ten Cate C. & Slabbekoorn H.W. (2016), Sound exposure changes European seabass behaviour in a large outdoor floating pen: Effects of temporal structure and a ramp-up procedure, Environmental Pollution 214: 26-34.
- Neo Y.Y. (9 June 2016), Swimming bass under pounding bass : fish response to sound exposure (PhD thesis. Institute of Biology, Science, Leiden University). Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s): Cate, C.J. ten, Slabbekoorn, H.W.
- Sabet Shafiei S., Neo Y.Y. & Slabbekoorn H.W. (2015), The effect of temporal variation in sound exposure on swimming and foraging behaviour of captive zebrafish, Animal Behaviour 107: 49-60.
- Neo Y.Y., Ufkes E., Kastelein R.A., Winter H.V., Ten Cate C. & Slabbekoorn H.W. (2015), Impulsive sounds change European seabass swimming patterns: influence of pulse repetition interval, Marine Pollution Bulletin 97(1-2): 111-117.
- Neo Y.Y., Parie L., Bakker F., Snelderwaard P.C., Tudorache C., Schaaf M.J.M. & Slabbekoorn H.W. (2015), Behavioral changes in response to sound exposure and no spatial avoidance of noisy conditions in captive zebrafish, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 9: 28.
- Neo Y.Y., Seitz J., Kastelein R.A., Winter H.V., Cate C. ten & Slabbekoorn H.W. (2014), Temporal structure of sound affects behavioural recovery from noise impact in European seabass, Biological Conservation 178: 65-73.
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