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Current Research Group Members 
*Kenny as the primary supervisor 


Current Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Chong Chen* {NEW}

Position: Hong Kong Scholar and Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Research area: Environmental chemistry; UN Global Estuaries Monitoring Program

Duration: Feb 2023 - Feb 2025 (SKLMP, CityU)


Dr. Jay Joan Minuti* 

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Research area: Marine ecosystem restoration

Duration: Sep 2022 - Jun 2023 (SKLMP, CityU)

Dr. Diana Xiaoyu Xu*

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Research area: Microplastics pollution

Duration: July 2022 - Jun 2023 (SKLMP, CityU)

Dr. Mengyan Liu (co-supervised with Dr. Meng Yan)

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Research area: Environmental chemistry; Microplastics

Duration: Sep 2022 - Aug 2024 (SKLMP, CityU)

Dr. Qi Wang (co-supervised with Dr. Phoebe Ruan)

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Research area: Environmental chemistry; PFAS

Duration: Sep 2022 - Aug 2024 (SKLMP, CityU)

Dr. Huiju Lin (co-supervised with Dr. Henry He)

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Research area: Environmental chemistry; Ecotoxicology

Duration: Oct 2021 - Sep 2024 (SKLMP, CityU)

Dr. Xuemei Mao (co-supervised with Prof. Tong Zhang at HKU)

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Research area: Antibiotic resistome

Duration: June 2021 - June 2024 (SKLMP, CityU; HKU)

Current PhD Students

SKLMP (CityU) - ^ transferred from Prof. Paul Lam since April 2021

Ms. Nim Tung Calista Yuen*^

Research area: Oxidizable precursors of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances in marine environments 

Duration: Sep 2020 - Aug 2024

Co-supervisors: Prof. Paul K. S. lam and Dr. Yuefei Ruan 

Ms. Sunny Dan-yang Tao*^

Research area: Occurrence of liquid crystal monomers in marine environments

Duration: Sep 2020 - Aug 2024

Co-supervisor: Prof. Paul K. S. Lam and Dr. Henry He 

Ms. Thea Braford*

Research area: Eco-engineering of seawalls and ecosystem restoration

Duration: Sep 2021 - Aug 2025

Co-supervisor: Dr. Rebecca Morris 

Ms. Demilade Adedipe*

Research area: Chemicals of emerging concern in estuaries

Duration: Sep 2021 - Aug 2025

Ms. Qiong Luo*

Research area: Chemicals of emerging concern in estuaries

Duration: Sep 2021 - Aug 2025

Mr. Shaopeng Xu*

Research area: Nano- and micro-plastic pollutants in estuaries

Duration: Sep 2021 - Aug 2025

Ms. Yali Huang*

Research area: Environmental policy in relation to ecosystem services

Duration: Sep 2021 - Aug 2025

Co-Supervisor: Prof. Xiaoling Zhang

Ms. Yingyu Bao

Research area: Environmental microbiomes 

Duration: Sep 2021 - Aug 2025

Primary Supervisor: Dr. Patrick Lee

Ms. Yan Jiang* 

Research areas: Organotin pollution; Fisheries research

Duration: Sep 2022 - Aug 2026

Ms. Yao Xie{NEW}

Research area: Eco-engineering of seawalls and ecosystem restoration

Duration: Jan 2023 - Dec 2026

Other PhD Students from University of Science and Technology of China:

Wenyuan Fan (since 2019)^

Qianhe Liu (since 2020)^

Chengge Hu (since 2020)^

Tong Gao (since 2023)* {NEW}

Yuan Xue (since 2023)*  {NEW}

 

Co-supervised PhD Students from Dept. of Public & International Affairs at CityU:

Yujia Xiao (since 2022) - Primary supervisor: Prof. Xiaoling Zhang

Wen Sun (since 2022) - Primary supervisor: Prof. Xiaoling Zhang

Former Research Group Members

PhD Graduates

CityU (Co-supervised with Prof. Paul Lam^; Joint degree with USTC**):

CityU-12: Dr. Jiayong Lao, Wing (September 2023)^ 

PhD Thesis: Characteristics of Organophosphate Esters in the Greater Bay Area and the Pearl River Estuary: Occurrence in Multi-Environmental Media, Sources, Transport and Transformation Behaviors and Environmental Risks 

Co-supervisors: Prof. Paul K. S. Lam and Dr. Yuefei Ruan 

CityU-11: Dr. Mengchen Shen (June 2023)^**

PhD Thesis: Environmental Behavior and Health Risk Evaluation of Typical Organic Pollutants in Indoor and Outdoor Particulates

Co-supervisors: Prof. Gui-jian Liu and Prof. Paul K. S. Lam

CityU-10: Dr. Bei Jiang (June 2023)**

PhD Thesis: Ship-Based Study on Spatiotemporal Distributions and Key Influencing Processes of Sea Salt and Methanesulfonic Acid Aerosols from the Arctic Ocean to the Southern Ocean

Co-supervisor: Prof. Zhou-qing Xie

CityU-9: Dr. Yaru Cao, Kathy (May 2023)^ 

PhD Thesis: Phthalate Esters: Leachability from Microplastics and Their Occurrence and Distribution in the Samples from the Pearl River Delta Region, China

Co-supervisors: Prof. Paul K. S. Lam and Dr. Kai Zhang

CityU-8: Dr. Qi Wang (August 2022)^

PhD Thesis: Discovering Novel Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in the Pearl River Estuary and the Adjacent South China Sea: Nontarget Screening, Bioaccumulation Characteristics, and Toxicokinetic-Toxicodynamic Studies

Co-supervisors: Prof. Paul K. S. Lam and Dr. Yuefei Ruan

CityU-7: Dr. Li Zhou (July 2022)^**

CityU-6: Dr. Jing Jin (June 2022)^**

CityU-5: Dr. Li Wang (June 2022)^**

CityU-4: Dr. Huiju Lin (September 2021)^

CityU-3: Dr. Jiarui Gu (July 2021)^ 

CityU-2: Dr. Rongben Wu (June 2021)^

CityU-1: Dr. Jing Li (June 2021)^

HKU (*Kenny as the primary supervisor) 

HKU-22. Dr. Chi Chiu Lo

PhD Thesis: Ecological restoration of artificial seawalls via ecological engineering approaches and the potential impact of global warming on a desirable ecosystem function

Year of Graduation: 2023

Current Position: Research Assistant/Postdoc, SKLMP, CityU, Hong Kong, China 

HKU-21. Dr. Katie Yeung*

PhD Thesis: Environmental Fate, Distribution, Toxicity and Ecological Risk of Retinoic Acids in Coastal Marine Environments

Year of Graduation: 2022 

Current Position: Environmental Protection Officer, Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong, China 

HKU-20. Dr. Wa Tat Yan*

PhD Thesis: A Feasibility Study on Pearl Oyster Cultivation in Mariculture Zones in Hong Kong

Year of Graduation: 2021 

Current Position: Director, Hong Kong Marine Ecological Association, Hong Kong, China

HKU-19. Dr. Qi Huang*

PhD Thesis: Microbiomes of Marine fish Gut and Sediments: Biodiversity and ARGs 

Year of Graduation: 2021

HKU-18. Dr. Racliffe W. S. Lai*

PhD Thesis: Quantitative hazard assessment of engineered zinc oxide nanoparticles: insights into their regulation 

Year of Graduation: 2020

Current Position: Research Assistant Professor, University of Macau, Macau SAR, China

HKU-17. Dr. Ronia Sham*

Ph.D. Thesis:  Occurrence and distribution of phenyltin compounds (PTs) in marine organisms in Hong Kong water

Year of Graduation: 2019

Current Position: Manager, Oceans Pollution, WWF-HK, Hong Kong, China

HKU-16. Dr. Shiru Tao*

Ph.D. Thesis: Effects of trawling ban on the diversity of demersal crustaceans (orders: Decapoda and 
Stomatopoda) in the marine environment of Hong Kong 

Year of Graduation: 2018

Current Position: Fisheries Officer, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong, China 

HKU-15. Dr. Yanny Mak*
Ph.D. Thesis: Effects of the trawl ban on demersal fish communities in the marine environment of Hong Kong, South China
Year of Graduation: 2018

Current Position: Environmental Consultant, AECOM Ltd., Hong Kong, China

 

HKU-14. Dr. Mana Yung
Ph.D. Thesis: Influences of temperature and salinity on the physicochemical properties and toxicities of zinc oxide nanoparticles and toxicities to microalgae
Year of Graduation: 2016
Current Position: Research Officer (Health Promotion), Department of Health, Hong Kong SAR, China

HKU-13. Dr. Astudillo Placencia Juan Carlos

Ph.D. Thesis: Assessment of nonnative marine invertebrates in fouling communities in Hong Kong

Year of Graduation: 2015

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong, China

HKU-12. Dr. Zhen Wang
Ph.D. Thesis: Comparison of the acute sensitivity to chemicals between tropical and temperate aquatic species through laboratory experiments and metadata analyses
Year of Graduation: 2015
Current Position: Professor, College of Science, Shantou University, China

HKU-11. Dr. Ryan Ho Leung Ip 
Ph.D. Thesis: On some topics in spatio-temporal modelling
Year of Graduation: 2015 
Current Position: Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and Mathematics, Charles Sturt University, Australia

 

HKU-10. Dr. Edward Tak-Chuen Lau
Ph.D. Thesis: Interacting effects of temperature, an insecticide, and an invasive predator on larval amphibians in tropical Hong Kong
Year of Graduation: 2015
Current Position: Endangered Species Protection Officer, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong, China

HKU-9. Dr. Elvis Gen-Bo Xu
Ph.D. Thesis: An integrated environmental risk assessment for marine protected areas in Hong Kong with a special reference to the ecological impacts of endocrine disrupting chemicals
Year of Graduation: 2015 (a Swire's James Henry Scott Scholar)
Current Position: Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

HKU-8. Dr. Adela Jing Li*
Ph.D. Thesis: Temperature-dependent toxic effects of selected chemicals on marine organisms
Year of Graduation: 2014
Current Position: 
Professor, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China

 

HKU-7. Dr. Andy Xian-liang Yi
Ph.D. Thesis: A comprehensive study on the ecological toxicity and risk of triphenylin to aquatic organisms 
Year of Graduation: 2014

Current Position: Associate Professor, School of Ocean Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology (Panjin campus), Dalian, China 

 

HKU-6. Dr. Kevin K. Y. Ho*
Ph.D. Thesis: Ecological and human health risks associated with organotin contamination in the marine environment of Hong Kong and Zhenzhen, China 
Year of Graduation: 2014
Current Position: Nature Parks Officer, AFCD, Hong Ko
ng, China

 

HKU-5. Dr. Alice K.Y. Chan
Ph.D. Thesis: Application of fatty acids profiles in field- and laboratory-based investigations of trophic relationships in Hong Kong wetlands
Year of Graduation: 2012
Current Position: Teacher, Po Leung Kuk Tong Nai Kan Junior Secondary College, Hong Kong, China

 

HKU-4. Dr. Stella W. Y. Wong
Ph.D. Thesis: Ecotoxicological effects of selected engineered nanomaterials to aquatic organisms in relation to their physicochemical characteristics
Year of Graduation: 2012
Immediate Position after Graduation: Environmental Consultant,
Mott McDonald Ltd., Hong Kong, China


HKU-3. Dr. Vivien W.W. Bao
Ph.D. Thesis: Toxicities and ecological risks of selected anti-fouling biocides to marine organisms in Hong Kong. 
Year of Graduation: 2009
Current Position: Environmental Protection Officer, Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong, China 


HKU-2. Dr. Kevin W.H. Kwok
Ph.D. Thesis: On the derivation of water and sediment quality guidelines: some pressing issues and their resolutions
Year of Graduation: 2009
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

HKU-1. Dr. Danny C. P. Lau 
Ph.D. Thesis: Applications of stoichiometry, stable isotopes, and fatty acids for elucidating the relative importance of allochthonous and autochthonous resources in Hong Kong streams
Year of Graduation: 2008
Current Position: Researcher at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment (Section for Ecology and Biodiversity), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

 

Other Co-supervised PhD Students (On paper):

Dr Archana Anand; Dr Chiu Yin Chan; Dr Jinlin LiuDr Stephen Robert Cartwright 

MPhil Graduates

Mr. Archer Tik Lung Wong*
M.Phil. Thesis: Ecology and biodiversity of benthic marine molluscs before and after the trawling ban in Hong Kong 
Year of Graduation: 2016
Immediate Position after Graduation: Environmental Protection Inspector, Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong, China

 

Dr. Jack Chi Ho Ip*
M.Phil. Thesis: Establishing transcriptomic platforms for two common marine molluscan biomonitoring species
Year of Graduation: 2016
Current Position: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China


Ms. Jamius W. Y. Yeung
M.Phil. Thesis: Evaluation of RNA/DNA ratio in the green-lipped mussel Perna viridis as a potential biomonitoring tool
Year of Graduation: 2010
Immediate Position after Graduation: Environmental Consultant, ERM Ltd., Hong Kong


Ms. Amy Q. Zhang
M.Phil. Thesis: Ecotoxicities and ecological risks of Irgarol 1051 and its related s-triazine compounds in tropical marine ecosystems
Year of Graduation: 2009
Current Position: 
ESG Solutions & Product Strategist, APAC, Global Markets, Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking - SGCIB, Hong Kong, China

 

Ms. Karen K.Y. Lui
M.Phil. Thesis: Ecology of commercially important stomatopods in Hong Kong
Year of Graduation: 2006
Current Position: Senior Manager - Environment, Group HSE at CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, Hong Kong

 

Ms. Valerie C.M. Ho 
M.Phil. Thesis: Biology and fishery of the bartail flathead Platycephalus indicus
Year of Graduation: 2006
Current Position: Fisheries Officer, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong


Mr. Wolfie C.H. Lai
M.Phil. Thesis: Heat shock protein expression in tropical limpets
Year of Graduation: 2006
Immediate Position after Graduation: Technician, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Ms. Justine C.Y. Tsui
M.Phil. Thesis: Evaluation of telomere length as an age-marker in marine teleosts
Year of Graduation: 2005
Current Position: Health Inspector, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, Hong Kong


 

Former Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Astudillo Placencia Juan Carlos*  
Research area: Eco-shoreline trials 

Service duration: Jan 2018 - Sep 2020 (HKU); Oct 2020 - Sep 2022 (SKLMP, CityU)

Dr. Racliffe W. S. Lai*

Research area: Marine ecotoxicology; Global Estuaries Monitoring Programme

Service duration: Oct 2021 - Aug 2022 (SKLMP, CityU)

Dr. Guang-Jie Zhou

Research area: Aquatic toxicology; Advanced wastewater treatment on micro-pollutants' removal

Service duration: Feb 2013 - Jul 2020 (HKU); Aug 2020 - Mar 2022 (SKLMP, CityU)

Dr. Peng Liu

Research area: Marine ecology; Eco-engineered shorelines; Ecosystem services

Service duration: Dec 2019 - Dec 2021 (HKU)

Dr. Shiru Tao

Research area: Marine biodiversity and ecology; Fisheries management

Service duration: Mar 2018 - Jul 2020 (HKU); Aug 2020 - Jun 2021 (SKLMP, CityU)

 

Dr. Ronia Sham*

Research area: Marine ecotoxicology

Service duration: Sep 2019 - Dec 2019

 

Dr. Edward Lau
Research area: Eco-shoreline designs for sustainable coastal development
Service duration: Oct 2016 - Oct 2018 

Dr. Kevin K. Y. Ho 
Research area: Marine ecotoxicology and ecology; Ting Kok+ conservation project
Service duration: May 2014 - Mar 2018 

Dr. Mana Yung
Research area: Aquatic ecotoxicology of engineered nanomaterials; Eco-shoreline designs
Service duration: Sep 2015 - Nov 2017 


Dr. Matthew Perkins
Postdoctoral projects: Stable isotope analysis; Effect of trawl-ban on ecosystem recovery
Service duration: July 2014 - July 2017

 

Dr. Stella W. Y. Wong
Postdoctoral projects: Aquatic ecotoxicology of engineered nanomaterials; Demersal fisheries
Service duration: Nov 2011 - Mar 2013

 

Dr. Vivien W. W. Bao
Postdoctoral projects: Marine ecotoxicology of antifouling biocides; Mixture toxicity; Antibiotics in fish farms' sediment
Service duration: Feb 2009 - Jul 2012


Dr. Apostolos Koutsaftis
Postdoctoral project: Marine ecotoxicology of antifoulant mixtures
Service duration: Jan 2008 - Dec 2008

 

Dr. Cheung Ma Shan
Postdoctoral project: Characterization of metallothioneins in marine invertebrates
Service duration: Sep 2007 - Sep 2008

 

Dr. Tak Cheung Wai
Postdoctoral project: Using stable isotope and fatty acids to reveal aquatic food webs and energy flows
Service duration: Oct 2004 - Aug 2007 and Nov 2010 - Apr 2012

Dr. Wai Chuen Ng
Postdoctoral project: Ecological risks of organotins on marine neogastropods in Hong Kong
Service duration: Jul 2005 - Dec 2005  

Dr. Priscilla T. Y. Leung
Postdoctoral projects: Molecular ecotoxicology; Marine fish ecology
Service duration: May 2004 - Jul 2004, Dec 2008 - Nov 2009 and Jan 2010 - Nov 2014

Dr. Alan S. L. Leung
Postdoctoral project: Biological indicators for monitoring marine pollution
Service duration: Jul 2002 - Dec 2003 

 

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