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We are currently accepting expressions of interest from potential PhD candidates in marine global change biology. For more information on these opportunities, contact Laura Falkenberg.

Dr Laura Falkenberg

Lecturer, Human Dimensions of the Environment, University of South Australia

Adjunct Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Laura is a marine biologist and ecologist. Areas of research focus include links between environmental conditions, organism physiology, and species interactions. These areas are typically studied using tank systems containing algae, seagrasses, and calcifying animals. Laura is also interested in linking changes in biology to the human populations they support. Doing this kind of work requires interdisciplinary collaboration, and so Laura is increasingly researching how scientists can better communicate with one another. Laura enjoys doing this research with an ever-growing group of international collaborators having worked in Australia, Sweden, Norway, and Hong Kong. 

Hin Hung Rainbow Tsang
PhD Candidate, CUHK, co-supervised by Prof Haiwei Luo

Rainbow is born and raised in Hong Kong, with her education and research background in marine ecology. Before starting her PhD program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Rainbow has worked on several research projects related to marine conservation and aquaculture using molecular techniques. She is particularly interested in understanding the impacts of the global changing environment on the biological interactions of marine organisms. Rainbow is also a fanatic scuba diver. If you can not see her in the lab, she is probably out in the ocean!

Alissa Bass

PhD Candidate, CUHK, co-supervised by Prof Benoit Thibodeau

Alissa’s research focus is examining multiple global change drivers on benthic ecosystems, such as kelp forests and seagrass communities, specifically looking at the eco-physiological effects and species interactions. She is particularly interested in the combination of global and regional- scale drivers, such as ocean warming, acidification, and extreme climatic events with more local- scale environmental conditions. With her research, Alissa hopes to contribute to the growing understanding of how marine environments may respond in the future to anthropogenic change and to improve marine habitat restoration strategies. 

Lok Tung Joyce Lam

PhD Candidate, CUHK, co-supervised by Prof Ling Ming Tsang

Joyce believes in the importance and possibility of oceanic life and is particularly interested in studying microhabitat formation and how global change would affect intertidal organisms. The growth and mortality of these coastal microhabitat-forming species not only reflect how well the respective organisms perform under different environmental conditions, but also hint the effects of climate change on the interactions and performance of other animals living within the microhabitat through loss of shelters or reduce in food amount. Joyce hopes to know more about the influence of various environmental conditions on intertidal communities, and thus, to predict the potential alternation of microhabitat structures.

Yuhan Guo

Undergraduate project student, UniSA



Research Assistant/Associates

Ms Julie Cornet (2023)

Dr Patrick Joyce (2020-2023)

Dr Jay Minuti (2020)

Dr Kat Anderson (2019-2020)

PhD Candidate

Dr James Ducker (2019-2024) The impact of marine heatwaves on the mussel Perna viridis, the crab Thalamita crenata, and Hemigrapsus takanoi

Masters Student

Ka Ki Kitty Au (2019-2020) Effects of marine contaminants under a changing climate

Final Year Project Students 

Shu Him Andy Lam (2022-2023) Implications of future climates for key response variables of marine calcifiers

Yin Chung Thomas Law (2022-2023) The invasive mussel Xenostrobus securis in Hong Kong and potential of the whelk Reisha clavigera as biocontrol

Yuan Summer Szeto (2022) Distribution, local spread, and competitive effects of invasive Xenostrobus securis on native Brachidontes variabilis in Hong Kong

Lok Tung Joyce Lam (2021-2022) Consumer-resource interactions in coastal environments: susceptibility to global change

Hoi Yan Kaley Tam (2021-2022) Microplastics in the marine snail Reishia clavigera: presence and physiological effects
Cheuk Ki Arnold Tang (2021) How mussel populations in Shing Mun river have changed in the last decade 

Yat Sum Matthew Cheng (2020-2021) The role of variability in shaping organism responses to climate change

Wing Yee Winnie Tang (2020-2021) The magnitude of marine heatwaves influences the physiological and behavioral responses of Lunella granulata during the heatwave and recovery period

Undergraduate Student Helpers 

Cindy B. Tong (Case Western Reserve University) (2020-2021)

Yuk Long Ryan Yip (2020-2021)

Summer Undergraduate Research Programme Participants 

Jinxuan Cui (University of Alberta) (2022) A review of the impacts of microplastics on marine molluscs

Ki Yue Fiona Wai (University of Toronto) (2022) The effects of microplastic on the clearance rate of invasive and native mussels

Chang Wu Jayden Chu (University of Western Australia) (2021) Prevalence of biodiversity threats in major environmental non-government organisation and scientific journal Twitter accounts

Hei Yuet Sabrina Lam (The University of Sheffield) (2021) The effect of microplastics and biodegradable alternatives on Perna viridis

Dina-Leigh Simons (The University of Sheffield) (2019) Species-specific responses to ocean warming in co-occurring gastropod grazers

Summer Intern 

Yan Hei Janice Lung (2019) Institute of Vocational Education

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