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Lee Mangrove Lab

Current Members


Dr Xiaoguang OUYANG

MSc (Chongqing University, China); PhD (Griffith University, Australia)

I am a Postdoctoral fellow in Professor Joe Lee’s group. I obtained my PhD in the area of marine ecology from Griffith University, Australia. I was a visiting scientist from June 2016 to March 2018 at WasserCluster Lunz– Inter-university Centre for Aquatic Ecosystem Research, Austria. My research focuses on coastal wetland ecology, with recent interest in carbon cycling, ecosystem services and multi-criterion decision-making. I have published 13 papers in international journals, among which I was the first-author of 11. I have been acting as a reviewer for several international journals, including but not limited to Biogeosciences, Biology Letters and Science of the Total Environment.




BSc (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR)


Being fascinated by the nature, my interest in biology began since childhood. After completing my BSc in Biology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and finishing a FYP about the ecology of microzooplankton, I worked on arthropods as an RA in a molecular genetics lab. Then, I was luckily shifted to Joe’s lab to study my PhD. I am now working on a project about the utilization of vascular plant materials by grapsoid crabs along the land-sea transition, involving microbiology, molecular and ecological biology. We would like to see how grapsoid crabs process the carbon sources since such ability of them had long been ignored.


Zhaoliang CHEN

BSc (Ocean University of China, China); MSc (University of Western Australia, Australia)

I’m Zhaoliang Chen. I graduated from Ocean University of China (OUC) in 2016 with a BSc in biological science. Afterward, I spent two years to study at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and got my master’s degree in marine biology. Now, I’m pursing my PhD in Chinese University of Hong Kong and joined Prof. Shing Yip Lee’s lab. My research interest is the ecology of tidal flats and mangroves. When not in the lab, I prefer to explore food in Hong Kong or play video games. If I have a long vacation, travel will always be my first choice.


Gabby GAO

BSc (Yantai University, China); MPhil (Xiamen University, China)


I am Gao Xueqin, I got my master's degree at Xiamen University in 2011, since then I worked as an RA there, fucusing on conservation and management of mangrove wetlands, Now I am pursuing my PhD in Chinese University of Hong Kong, and my research interest is in the behavior and ecological function of mangrove crabs.



BSc(Hons) (University of Queensland, Australia)

My background is largely in marine ecological studies, with involvement in ecological surveys and research of underwater habitats and mangrove systems in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and the Philippines. I have extensive interest in SCUBA diving, and am a licensed PADI Divemaster. My research interests are Marine Ecology, Ichthyology, underwater sound ecology, and conservation. I am inspired by a healthy admiration and appreciation of the ocean ecosystems and its inhabitants.


Michael MA

BSc (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR)

I’ve had a wonderful time as an intern in local NGO on intertidal researches during my degree that mainly focused on bivalves and horseshoe crab studies. This creates my interest in intertidal and mangrove ecology. I would like to continue my work by joining the team to explore more on Hong Kong’s mangrove forest. Outside the lab, I love cooking and I don’t mind you to try some. :)


Yan Ping LOO

BSc (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR)

Having grown up in a megacity, I was not exposed to the nature very often, but I have always felt a passion for it. I am very grateful to have came to Hong Kong - where the nature is conveniently accessible, and where I discovered my love for the ocean. I am particularly interested in tropical and subtropical marine ecology. Outside work hours, I can usually be found outdoors kayaking, diving, hiking, or camping.


Rinaldi GOTAMA

BSc (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR)

Growing up in one of the fastest sinking cities in the world, I have witnessed first-hand how environmental destruction damages the livelihood of thousands, if not millions of lives. For as long as I could remember, I have been striving to change the world through scientific research in biodiversity and conservation. My current research aims to investigate the importance of 3-D structural complexity of small mangrove patches in providing nursery environment toward juvenile reef fishes in Hong Kong.

Past Members

FYP Students, CUHK (2019-)

1. Vincent Tran: Microphytobenthos biomass distribution under mangrove forest canopy

2. Stanley Ho: Spatio-temporal distribution of microphytobenthos

3. Aaron Chu: Food assimilation of sesarmid crabs

HDR students, Griffith University (1997-2016): (A – Associate supervisor; P – Principal supervisor)

1. Tim Stevens (PhD, Australian Postgraduate Award - APA): Role of representativeness of faunal assemblages in conservation planning (A, completed)

2. Eri Takahasi (MPhil): Biology of the double-ended pipefish (A, completed)

3. Andrew Melville (MPhil, APA): Trophic importance of seagrass to fishery species (A, completed)

4. Tung Hoang (PhD, Griffith University Postgrad Res Scholarship - GUPRS, International Postgrad Res Scholarship - IPRS): Ecological factors determining prawn reproduction (P, completed)

5. Michaela Guest (PhD, CRC scholarship): Movement of carbon in coastal wetlands (A, completed)

6. Colin Hutchins (PhD, APA): Ecotoxicology of metals in mangroves (P, completed)

7. Joanne Oakes (PhD, APA): Trophic ecology of mudflats (A, completed)

8. Michael Brickhill (PhD, APAI): Artificial reefs in urban canals as tools for fish stock enhancement (P, completed)

9. Jan-Olaf Meynecke (PhD, GUPRS, IPRS): Relationship between estuarine habitats, connectivity, and fishery production (P, completed)

10. Jason van de Merwe (PhD, APA): Ecotoxicology of turtles in contaminated seagrass habitats (P, completed)

11. Ruth Young (PhD, Faculty scholarship): Function of urban wetlands (P, completed)

12. Jonathan Werry: (PhD, APA): Bull shark habitat ecology – the role of urbanization (P, completed)

13. David Hall: (PhD, GUPRS): Chemical tracers (P) - deferred

14. Karen Lee (PhD, GUPRS-IPRS): Impact of urbanization on sandflat trophodynamics (P, completed)

15. Shoshana Fogelman (PhD, APA): Artificial neural network for water quality monitoring (A, completed)

16. Johann Gustafson (MPhil): Hydrodynamics in seagrass patches and provision of physical refuge to juvenile fish (P, completed)

17. Jonas Mortensen (MPhil, Danish Government scholarship): Agent-based modelling of juvenile bull shark movement (P, completed)

18. Patricia Natin (PhD, Malaysian Government Scholarship): Biodiversity and mangrove ecosystem function (P, submitted)

19. Lachlan Griffin (PhD, GUPRS) Fish in basin mangroves. (P, completed)

20. Hanh Bui (PhD, Australian Endeavour Scholarship): Solving the paradox of detritivory in mangrove crabs (P, completed)

21. Hilke Alberts-Hubatsch (PhD, Bremen University, Germany): Ecology of the mangrove mud crab Scylla serrata (P, completed)

22. Shafagh Kamal (PhD, GUPRS, IPRS): Role of mangrove structural complexity in supporting their fishery and coastal protection functions (P, completed)

23. Maizah Abdullah (PhD, Malaysian Government Scholarship): The ecological role of meiofauna in mangrove trophodynamics (P, completed)

24. Laura Ribero (PhD, University of Malaya): Ecology and taxonomy of juvenile sesarmid crabs (P, in progress)

25. Chris Henderson (PhD, APA): Effectiveness of MPAs in protecting top predatory fishes (P, completed)

26. Daniel Xiaoguang Ouyang (PhD, Deputy Vice Chancellor Griffith Univ Postgrad Res Scholarship - DVCGUPRS, Deputy Vice Chancellor Griffith Univ International Postgrad Res Scholarship - DVCGUIPRS): Drivers of carbon sequestration function of mangroves and saltmarshes (P, completed)

27. David Spencer (PhD, APA): Effect of oceanographic conditions on catch of the Spanner crab (Ranina ranina) (P, completed)

28. Majid Bakhtiyari (PhD, GUIPRS, GUPRUS): Ecosystem health assessment of mangroves (P, completed)

29. Yota Harada (PhD, APA): Ecological consequences of mangrove dieback (P, completed)

Honours students, Griffith University (1997-2016)

1. Sue Round: Prawn diet in mangroves (A, Class 1)

2. Josh Zarb: Ichtyoplankton in mangrove waterways (P, Class 2A)

3. Graham Smith: Effects of crab activities on sediment phytotoxin in mangroves (P, Class 2A)

4. Jonathan Werry: Trophic importance of crab faecal material in mangroves (P, Class 1)

5. Keith Preston: Importance of bacteria in the detrital diet of an amphipod (A, Class 1)

6. Kelly O’ Halleran: Stable isotope signature of benthic microalgae (A, Class 2A)

7. Lisa Hamilton: TBT pollution (P, Class 1)

8. Lisa Irving: Management of Coombabah Lake, Gold Coast (P, Class 2A)

9. Michelle Williamsky: Sulfide in mangrove sediment (A, Class 2B)

10. Mark Jordan: Bioindicators for Cu (A, Class 1)

11. Ruth Young: Marine food chains and pollution (P, Class 1)

12. David Hall: Transmission of fatty acid biomarkers along experimental food chains (P, Class 1)

13. Helene Møller: Cannibalism in Portunus pelagicus (P, Class 1)

14. Vincent van Rijn: Bioturbation effects on mangrove sediment sulfide (P, Class 1)

15. Renee Gajda: Constructed mangrove wetlands: dynamics of environmental conditions and faunal colonisation following establishment (P, Class 2A)

16. Steve Brayshaw: Coastal zone management (P, Class 2A)

17. Jesse Dixon: Mangrove response to urban storm water (P, Class 2A)

18. Ciaran Morris: Stable isotope ecology of estuarine fishes in relation to urbanization (P, Class 1)

19. David Spencer: Dispersion in current measurements (P, Class 1)

20. Katrin Jensen: Assimilation of low-quality detritus food by estuarine invertebrates (P, Class 1)

21. Alfred Joly: Ecotoxicology of EDC on mosquito fish (P, Class 1)

22. Yota Harada: Behaviour of a leaf-burying sesarmid crab (P, Class 1)

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