The University has a long tradition of excellence in ecological research. The focus for research is the ecology and biodiversity of Hong Kong and the broader south-east Asian region. Research activity can be identified within three key themes:


Marine Biology and Pollution:


Louise Amy ASHTON - Tropical rainforest, canopies, food webs, insects, climate change, processes and patterns of biodiversity.

David BAKER - Coral Reef Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Stable Isotope Ecology, Symbiosis, Global Change, Marine Pollution

Stefano CANNICCI - Mangrove ecology and conservation, crabs-trees interactions in mangrove systems, behavioural ecology of intertidal crabs, evolutionary biology of intertidal and terrestrial crabs.

Kenneth LEUNG - Ecophysiology of marine organisms; mariculture; aquatic toxicology and ecological risk assessment

Bayden RUSSEL- Marine Ecology (particularly subtidal), Climate Change and Nutrient Pollution impacts in marine ecosystems, herbivore and algal ecophysiology, Ecosystem Phase-shifts, Sustainable Aquaculture Production.

Yasuhara MORIAKI - Climatic and anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems; marine macroecology; deep-sea ecology

Yvonne SADOVY - Biology of fishes, including reproduction, sexual patterns, gonadal morphology, age, growth and fisheries

Vengatesen THIYAGARAJAN - Ecological and economic consequences of larval exposure to environmental stressors

Gray WILLIAMS - Rocky shore ecology; environmental stress and gastropod ecophysiology; herbivore behaviour; microalgal films

  Terrestrial/Freshwater Ecology and Conservation:

Timothy BONEBRAKE - Global Change, Conservation Biology, Tropical Ecology, Natural History, Urban Ecosystems, Climate, Biogeography, Lepidoptera

Caroline DINGLE - Evolutionary ecology, speciation, sexual selection, tropical biology, urban ecology, animal communication, biodiversity, birds

David DUDGEON - The ecology and conservation of freshwater biodiversity

Benoit GUENARD - Biodiversity & Biogeography, Community Ecology, Biological Invasions, Urban Ecology, Insect Ecology, Paleoentomology, Taxonomy, Foraging Ecology and Ants!

Billy HAU - Biodiversity conservation in South China; forest restoration for biodiversity conservation; the ecological aspects of slope engineering

Richard SAUNDERS - Systematics, phylogenetics and reproductive biology of flowering plants, with particular focus on the flora of tropical and subtropical Asia


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The School of Biological Sciences is situated in the Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building on the main HKU campus, which houses state-of-the-art research laboratories. In addition the Swire Institute of Marine Science comprises a purpose built marine research facility located adjacent to the Cape d'Aguilar Marine Reserve.


Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building SWIMS building
Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building Swire Institute of Marine Science


Opportunities for research exist at various levels:

Postdoctoral opportunities arise as funding for specific projects becomes available. Please contact the relevant academic staff for opportunities in any given field of research.

Ph.D. and M.Phil.
Numerous opportunities for postgraduate study are available. Prospective students should obtain agreement from an academic staff member to supervise their research and also formulate a plan of research. Formal application should be made via the 'Graduate School'.


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