Ph.D. candidate (3nd year) in Population Biology, Ecology & Evolution
Emory University, USA
Advisor: Assistant Prof. Berry Brosi

Bachelor of Science in Botany - Honours First Class (2014)
University of Queensland, Australia
Honours supervisor: Associate Prof. Margaret Mayfield

Diploma in Horticulture and Landscape Management (2009)
Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore


NSF INTERN Supplemental Funding for graduate students (2019)
In collaboration with Conservation & Research at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

TATTO Teaching Award (2019)
Emory University - Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Lewis and Clark Fund of Exploration and Field Research (2018)
American Philosophical Society

WORK & volunteering

Emory Herbarium (2017 - 2019)
Volunteer curatorial work, illustrations and social media

Mayfield Community Ecology Lab, University of Queensland (2014 - 2016)
Lab Manager and Research Assistant

Bee Aware Brisbane (2014 - 2016)
Volunteer and designer for non-profit group Bee Aware Brisbane

Singapore Botanic Gardens (2009)
Horticultural intern, illustrator

Southern Ridges, Singapore National Parks Board (2009)
Nature guide


peer-reviewed publications

Loy, X., Wainwright, C. E. and Mayfield, M. M. (2015). Asteraceae invaders have limited impacts on the pollination of common native annual species in SW Western Australia’s open woodland wildflower communities. Plant Ecology 216 8: 1103-1115. 

Staples, T. J., Dwyer, J. M., Loy, X. and Mayfield. M. M. (2016). Potential mechanisms of coexistence in closely related forbs. Oikos 125(12): 1812-1823.

Reynolds, V. A., Anderegg, L. D. L., Loy, X., HilleRisLambers, J., Mayfield, M. M. (2017) Unexpected drought resistance strategies in seedlings of four Brachychiton species. Tree Physiology. 1-14.

Wainwright, C. E., Staples, T. L., Charles, L. S., Flanagan, T. C., Lai, H. R., Loy, X., Reynolds, V. A. and Mayfield, M. M. (2018), Links between community ecology theory and ecological restoration are on the rise. J Appl Ecol. 55:570–581.

Miljanic, A. S., Loy, X., Gruenewald, D. L., Dobbs, E. K., Gottlieb, I. G. W., Fletcher, Jr. R. J., Brosi, B. J. (2018). Bee communities in forestry production landscapes: interactive effects of local-level management and landscape context. Landscape Ecol.

Wainwright, C. E., HilleRisLambers, J.,  Lai, H. R., Loy, X., Mayfield, M. M. (2019). Distinct responses of niche and fitness differences to water availability underlie variable coexistence outcomes in semi-arid annual plant communities.  J Ecol. 107:293–306.

Loy, X., Gruenewald, D., Gottlieb, I. G. W., Dobbs, E. K., Miljanic, A. S., Botsch, J., Lawley, B., Ober, H. K., Smith, L., Fletcher Jr., R. J., Brosi, B. J. (In review). The impact of bioenergy pine plantation management practices on bee communities. J Appl Ecol. 


other works


In 2016, I started Wild Drawings, a project to promote biodiversity awareness in my home country, Singapore.  To encourage fellow Singaporeans to take interest in local conservation and biodiversity issues, I partnered with two close friends that were also passionate about local wildlife, and designed online infographics to promote an appreciation for Singapore's natural heritage - our works have reached over 58,000 people on Facebook. We later also began producing prints, intended to be used as artwork or teaching materials, which we distribute on our online store

The first of our printed works is titled 'The Singaporean Rainforest' and features my illustrations of 40 Singapore natives (drawn with Microsoft PowerPoint), including many species that are endemic, or of historic, cultural or conservation importance.