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

Assistant Professor, PI

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 now Hong Kong. 

Dr Jay Minuti

Research Assistant

Jay understands that extreme weather events, like heatwaves, are continuing to increase in frequency, duration and intensity, more research focus on the ability of key species to adapt to rapidly changing thermal conditions is important, to assess how ecosystems will change in the coming years. Given this, Jay’s research interests are focussed on how ecosystem engineers will be affected and whether they can recover from acute temperature fluctuations. Her research will investigate how nearshore benthic grazers are impacted physiologically and their recovery capacity under different heatwave scenarios. This will enable us to gain a better insight into how these organisms, which have high ecological and economic value, will be impacted as extreme weather events continue to be prevalent.  

James Ducker

PhD Candidate

James recognises that in a rapidly changing world, understanding how marine organisms respond and adapt to environmental change is becoming increasingly important. Given that, his research interests focus on the physiological impacts of ocean warming and acidification on coastal species, and how to progress the study of such impacts across laboratory and natural settings. Consequently, improving our understanding of the consequences generated by human development will provide valuable information on how to mitigate ecological impacts on vulnerable ecosystems as well as the species within them.

Samyuktha Rao Kandregula

PhD Candidate

Sammy strongly believes that everything in the world is connected and change is inevitable, especially in the interface between humans and nature. She realizes that accelerated anthropogenic change has adversely impacted the marine system and is interested in studying the responses of marine invertebrates to different stressors. Her research on present and predicted change will contribute towards a better understanding of the human impact on the natural world. Sammy is also interested in connecting environmental issues and society, and communicating science.

Rainbow Hin Hung Tsang
PhD Candidate 

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!

Matthew Yat Sum Cheng

Undergraduate Student - Final year project

Matthew is interested in exploring the effects of climate change and global warming on marine ecosystems. His FYP will focus on the role of variability in determining organism responses to climate change. 

Winnie Wing Yee Tang

Undergraduate Student - Final year project

Winnie is currently studying Environmental Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a final-year student. Her FYP will focus on the responses of marine organisms to climate change and understanding the features that help them to adapt to the changing climate.

Ryan Yuk Long Yip

Undergraduate Student - Student helper


Research Associate

Dr Kat Anderson (2019/2020)

Masters Student

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

Undergraduate Student

Dina-Leigh Simons (2019) Summer Undergraduate Research Programme, Species-specific responses to ocean warming in co-occurring gastropod grazers

Summer Intern

Janice Yan Hei Lung (2019) Institute of Vocational Education