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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

Assistant Professor


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 Patrick Joyce

Research Associate



Patrick is a marine ecologist with a particular interest in biotic interactions, the behaviours that drive changes in these interactions, and how such interactions are mediated by the physical environment, such as thermal and hydrodynamic fluctuations. Further, with the ever-increasing number of ecologically damaging and economically taxing invasive species across the globe, he is also interested in quantifying the impacts of invasive species on recipient ecosystems. All of this comes together to identify and predict how environmental change, from both abiotic and biotic pressures, will affect marine ecosystems in the future.

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.

Hin Hung Rainbow 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!

Alissa Bass

PhD Candidate

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

Undergraduate Student - Final year project

Joyce believes in the importance and possibility of oceanic life and is interested in studying ecological relationships and how climate change would affect marine life forms. Her FYP will focus on the coastal consumer-resource interactions and how they will be influenced by global change.

Hoi Yan Kaley Tam

Undergraduate Student - Final year project

Kaley believes that small changes can make huge impacts on ecosystems, either favourable or adverse. She is interested in studying how the globally changing environment will affect marine organisms and their adaptations. Her FYP will focus on the effect of microplastics and future climate on marine organisms, such as snails.



Research Assistant/Associates

Dr Jay Minuti (2020)

Dr Kat Anderson (2019-2020)

Masters Student

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

Final Year Project Students
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

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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