Since Joining CityU

Research Grants as PI or Co-PI:

Enhancing marine biodiversity on the artificial seawall of the Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) with innovative and environmentally friendly eco-engineered fixtures (as PI with Dr. Juan Carlos Astudillo) 

Environment and Conservation Fund {NEW}

$ 1,200,000

Oct 2022 - Sep 2024 

Occurrence and ecological risk of organotins in the marine environment of Hong Kong (as PI, with Prof. Xiaowei Zhang and Dr. G.J. Zhou)
General Research Fund, Research Grants Council {NEW}
$ 666,015

Jan 2022 - Dec 2024

Assess antibiotic resistome flows from pollution hot-spots to environments and explore the control strategies (as Co-PI, led by Tong Zhang) 

Theme-based Research Scheme, Research Grants Council

$ 34,213,000 ​ [allocated ca. $ 2,432,000]

Jan 2021 - Dec 2025

Research Grants as Co-I:

Enhancement of marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning along Lantau eco-shoreline with low-pH sea-sand seawater eco-engineered seawall panels (led by Prof. C.S. Poon) 

Lantau Conservation Fund {NEW}

$ 2,269,000

Jan 2022 - Dec 2024

Ecological restoration of oyster shell reefs at Sham Wan Restricted Area (led by Dr. Juan Carlos Astudillo)

Marine Conservation Enhancement Fund {NEW}

$ 1,198,200

Feb 2022 - July 2023

Feasibility study of detecting local seahorse and pipefish species in the coastal area of Hong Kong by environmental DNA (led by Dr. Apple Chui)

Marine Conservation Enhancement Fund {NEW}

$ 1,485,556

Dec 2021 - Nov 2024

Development of a platform for rapid identification of microalgae and microplastics in seawater (led by Dr. Meng Yan)

Innovation and Technology Fund (粵港科技合作資助計劃丙類) {NEW}

$ 899,300 [To be confirmed]

Jan 2022 - Dec 2023 

Development of nano-photocatalytic marine antifouling/ anticorrosion coatings (led by Prof. Michael Leung)

Innovation and Technology Fund {NEW}

$ 1,879,299

Jan 2022 - Dec 2024 

Shells for understanding Lantau sub-tidal ecosystem history: a conservation baseline (led by Dr Moriaki Yasuhara)

Marine Ecology Enhancement Fund

$ 448,320  ​

July 2021 - June 2022

Revealing benthic habitats and sessile epibenthic biodiversity in Victoria Harbour: A preliminary study (led by Dr. Leo Chan)

Environment and Conservation Fund 

$ 699,713

Mar 2021 - Sep 2022

Consultancy Services as PI or Co-I: 

Fishing survey at existing and proposed marine parks in western Hong Kong waters (as PI, with Dr. Meng Yan, Mr. Vincent Lai, Dr. Pricilla Leung & Prof. Min Liu)

Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department {NEW}

$ 1,360,000

Oct 2021- Oct 2023

 

Fishing survey at Hoi Ha Wan, Tung Ping Chau, Yan Chau Tong Marine Parks and Cape D’Aguilar Marine Reserve in eastern Waters of Hong Kong (as PI, with Dr. Meng Yan, Mr. Vincent Lai, Dr. Pricilla Leung & Prof. Min Liu)

Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department {NEW}

$ 1,340,000

Oct 2021- Oct 2023

Provision of service for species identification by DNA test (as Co-I, led by Dr. Meng Yan)

Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department {NEW}

$ 1,080,000

Oct 2021- 5 Oct 2023

Ecological monitoring of the eco-enhancement of seawall (as PI, with Dr. Juan Carlos Astudillo)

Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited (funded by AAHK) 

$ 385,080 

Aug 2021 - Nov 2022

Provision of technical supporting services to the AFFS-GBA Scheme at Hui Zhou (as PI, with Dr. Meng Yan)

Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department  

$ 1,399,980

July 2021 - June 2022

Post-construction marine ecological survey at Lung Mei Beach (as PI, with Dr. Juan Carlos Astudillo)

Civil Engineering and Development Department 

$ 1,300,000

Feb 2021 - Aug 2022 

Field sampling, species identification and data analysis of benthic infaunal communities of Hong Kong marine waters (as Co-I, led by Dr. Jianwen Qiu)    

Environmental Protection Department 

$ 1,200,000

Feb 2021 - Jan 2022

Microplastics survey in stormwater discharge (as Co-PI, led by Dr. Kai Zhang)

Drainage Services Department 

$ 524,800

Jan 2021 - Dec 2021 

Juvenile fish studies in marine habitats at Port Shelter (as PI, with Dr. Meng Yan)

Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department 

$ 1,400,000 ​

Jan 2021 - Jun 2022

Ecological monitoring on evaluation of the effectiveness of the eco-enhanced seawall design: Preliminary study (as PI, with Dr. Juan Carlos Astudillo)

ERM-HK Limited (funded by AAHK) 

$ 143,100 

Oct 2020 - Feb 2021

Conference Grants as PI:

The Croucher Foundation's Conference Sponsorship for the 2nd International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems (BECoME 2022) (as PI)

The Croucher Foundation Limited 

$ 100,000  ​

Nov 2021 - April 2022

ECF Conference Grant for the 2nd International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems (BECoME 2022) (as PI)

Environment and Conservation Fund 

$ 500,000 (or 70% of total running cost and whichever would be the less) ​

Feb 2021 - Feb 2022

 

Before Joining CityU

Research Grants as PI or Co-PI:

 

SIRMS 2.0: Establishing Asia's premier stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry laboratory in Hong Kong (as Project Coordinator up to July 2020; as Co-PI thereafter)
Collaborative Research Fund (C7050-18EF), Research Grants Council
$3,804,007 (Same amount of matching fund be provided by HKU)
Jun 2019 - May 2022

Ecological risk assessment of retinoic acids in urbanized coastal marine ecosystems (as PI with Prof. Jae-Seong Lee and Dr. G.J. Zhou)
General Research Fund, Research Grants Council
$733,240
Sep 2017 - Mar 2021

Enhanced separation and sludge refinery for wastewater treatment - Solving the nexus of pollution control and resource recovery in mega cities (as Co-PI, led by Prof. X.Y. Li) 

Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS) for 2016/17, Research Grants Council (T21-711/16-R)

$32,000,000 [allocated 1,700,000]

Oct 2016 - Sep 2022

Research Grants as Co-I:

Apelin receptor agonist – a novel oral therapeutic agent to treat Alzheimer’s disease (as Co-I, led by Roy Chun-laam NG)

Human and Medical Research Fund (HMRF)

$1,245,348 

Jul 2019 - Jun 2021 

 

Consultancy Services as PI or Co-I: 

Pilot site trials of sustainable measures at seawalls within Victoria Harbour - Tsuen Wan promenade (as Co-PI, led by Janet Chan)

Development Bureau

$1,084,417

Dec 2019 - Feb 2023

Development of options for a fisheries monitoring programme in Hong Kong (as Co-I, led by Paul K. S. Lam until 31 March 2021; as PI from 1 April 2021)

Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department 

$4,883,680

Aug 2019 - Dec 2021

Second pilot trial of eco-shoreline at the Taishan Receptor Site (as Co-PI, led by Janet Chan)
Civil Engineering and Development Department
$1,400,000
Jul 2018 - Apr 2021

 

Site trials of eco-shoreline on seawalls at Sai Kung, Lung Kwu Tan and Ma Liu Shui (as Co-PI, led by Janet Chan)
Civil Engineering and Development Department
$2,702,500
Feb 2018 - Dec 2021
 

Completed Projects

 

Assessment of water quality of Tai Shui Hang River near WENT landfill (as PI) 

Environmental Protection Department

$596,000

Jan - Nov 2019 (Competed)

Species identification and data analysis of epibenthic communities in Hong Kong marine waters (as PI)
Environmental Protection Department 
$218,000
Jul 2018 - Jun 2019 (Completed)

 

The 9th International Conference on Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology (10-14 June 2019) (as PI)

Environment and Conservation Fund

$403,920 (Environment and Conservation Fund) 

$100,000 (Croucher Foundation, Hong Kong)

Jan - Dec 2019 (Completed)

Tung Chung New Town Extension (East) – Design and Construction (led by AECOM Asia Company Limited) (as Co-PI)
AECOM Asia Company Limited 
$230,000
Oct 2016 - Sep 2018 (Completed)

 

Flipping the classroom to revitalize the biostatistics course: Enhancing teaching and learning effectiveness through e-learning (as PI with Drs. Edward Lau, Janet Chan and Mana Yung)
Teaching Development Grants of HKU
$248,768
Sep 2017 - Aug 2018 (Completed)
 

Conceptual scheme for full-scale implementation of eco-shoreline at Taishan Receptor Site (as PI with Mr. Vincent Lai, Dr. Edward Lau and Dr. Mana Yung)
Civil Engineering and Development Department
$150,000
May 2017 - Apr 2018 (Completed)

 

Assessing the marine biodiversity and ecology of Tolo Harbour and Channel, with particular reference to coastal marine environments of Ting Kok and Shuen Wan Hoi – Phase II (as Deputy PI, led by Prof. Gray A Williams)
Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF Project 2016-79)
$4,233,490
Apr 2017 - Sep 2018 (Completed)

 

Study of biodiversity and ecology of the marine environment adjacent to Castle Peak and Black Point Power Stations (as PI with Vincent Lai)

CLP Power Hong Kong Limited
$1,818,830
Mar 2017 - May 2018 (Completed)

 

Pilot trial of eco-shoreline at the Taishan Receptor Site (as PI with Vincent Lai)
Civil Engineering and Development Department
$980,000
Oct 2016 - Feb 2018 (Completed)

 

Fishing Surveys at (1) Hoi Ha Wan, Tung Ping Chau, Yan Chau Tong Marine Parks and Cape D’Aguilar Marine Reserve, and (2) Shar Chau & Lung Kwu Chau, Brothers, Southwest Lantau and Soko Islands Marine Parks (as Co-I, led by Vincent La)

Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department  

$1,350,000  

Sep 2016 - Aug 2018 (Completed)