We are currently accepting expressions of interest from potential PhD candidates. Details can be found here. 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. 

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.

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


Research Associate

Dr Kat Anderson (2019/2020)

Masters Student

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

Undergraduate Student

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

Summer Intern

Janice Yan Hei Lung Institute of Vocational Education (2019)