Microplastics Cause Irreversible Effects on Marine Organisms
Recently our research on the adverse effects of microbeads on marine invertebrates has been publicized in the media. The research team consists of Julia Leung (former undergraduate), Abby Lo (current postgraduate), and Pui-Lam Ng (current postgraduate) led by Dr. Karen Chan. The official HKUST press release can be viewed here.
New Publication on Interactive effects of temperature and salinity on early life stages of the sea urchin Heliocidaris crassispina
Congratulations to former Research Assistant Karen Mak for her recent publication in Marine Biology. A PDF of her article can be viewed here.
Dr. Karen Chan's Seminar in CA, USA
On October 12th, Dr. Chan gave a seminar at the Moss Landing Marine Labs in California, USA titled "Growing up in a sea of change". Watch the presentation here.
Website: Marine Invertebrate Larvae in Hong Kong Waters
The Chan Lab is excited to announce our new website highlighting the findings of a recent project to investigate the distribution and seasonality of marine decapod crustacean larvae in nearby Hong Kong waters. The website can be viewed here.
Larval Crustaceans Collection and Identification Workshop
The Chan Lab successfully hosted a hands-on workshop on plankton collection, quantification, and identification of marine decapod larvae at HKUST.
Presentation at ILBS
Dr. Chan and graduate student Elizaldy Maboloc presented at the 11th International Larval Biology Symposium in Honolulu, HI, USA.
Student Internship at Science Museum
The student internship is in full swing at the Hong Kong Science Museum as students share their biological oceanography knowledge with eager visitors.
Revealing the Secret Lives of Plankton
Dr. Chan gave a public presentation unveiling the secret lives of plankton.
An Evo-Devo Talk Given by Dr. Billie Swalla
Dr. Billie Swalla from University of Washington is going to give us a talk on molecular analysis of the evolution and development of the chordates.
2017 Final Year Projects
Congratulations to all undergraduate students on their phenomenal work on their final year projects and poster presentations!
Miffy and the Ocean
Chanlab is supporting this Hong Kong Science Museum exhibit “Miffy and the Ocean” starting on April 5. Children can learn about plastic pollution, plankton, water quality and coral reefs through guided activities and games.
WWF Marine Plankton Workshop
Chanlab trained local middle and high school teachers on Discovery of Ocean Drifters at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Education Center.
Presentation at SIBC
Dr. Chan, Abby and Zaldy are presenting at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology at New Orleans.
Ocean Acidification Effects on Zooplankton
Dr. Cedric Meunier from Alfred Wegener Institute gave us a talk on how ocean acidification affect zooplankton growth and feeding behavior through the alteration of food elemental composition.
Presentation at SICB
Former lab member Karen Mak presented her work with us at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology at Portland Oregon.
Genomics and Developmental Biology of Urchins
Professor Andrew Cameron from CalTech gave us a talk on a comparative approach to echinoderm genome structure and function.
Hands-on Experience for High School Students
Students from local international schools came to visit our coastal marine lab. They had the opportunity to feed living sea urchins and understand the setup for ocean acidification experiment.
Sea of Change
Professor Sam Dupont from University of Gothenburg gave us a talk on ocean acidification research approaches and ways of communicating scientific findings in a relatable way with the non-academic community.
New Final Year Projects In Full Swing
Undergraduates are active in the lab. Some of them are investigating the effect of microplastics on marine invertebrate larvae.
Working with The Brittle Stars
Dr. Chan went to Sven Loven Center for Marine Sciences in Kristineberg to work with an amazing team.
Unveiling the secret of planktons to high school students
May 6 2015
Dr. Chan gave a presentation to S.3-4 students at Tang King Po College on the "secret lives of plankton".
Water fleas in hot tub, FYP student got an award
Apr 30 2015
Congratulations to our final year project student Miss Wong Hoi Ni (BISC) who was awarded the best poster presentation for her work on thermal tolerance of Daphnia.
Visitor from South Africa
Feb - Mar 2015
Dr Paulla Pattrick from South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiveristy join us for a month to exchange techniques and findings on larval physiology and behavior.
Bocas del Toro Project Continues
Our lab goes to Panama again! This time new graduate student Jessalynn Spears and Research Assistant Karen Mak are both studying how larval urchin cope with warming ocean.
Twining urchins and Robo barnacles
We recently found fission in purple urchins in our lab and we were also joined by Dr. Benny Chan to put out robot barnacles to monitor our local waters.
Presentation at Academia Sinica, Taipei
Prof. Chan was invited by the Center of Environment Change and Center of Biodiversity to give two seminars. She was extremely delighted to reconnect with her hosts Prof. George Wong and Dr. Benny Chan.