Progress of the ECF Coastal Food Web Project and Boating Fun!
23 April 2020
We have just completed the winter sampling session at all three sites (Mai Po, Shui Hau, and Lai Chi Wo) and are now processing the samples for stable isotope analysis. What samples are those, you ask? Well, they are what you imagine make up a coastal food web: from leaves and algae, to crustaceans and mollusks, to fishes and bird feathers - and the list goes on. Here's a sneak peek at our colleagues at work:
Joe and Leo setting up the fyke net.
Michael the predator in ambush.
Yan Ping extracting plankton from seawater.
Also worthwhile to mention that our final trip to Lai Chi Wo this season was made by our (the Simon F.S. Li Marine Science Laboratory's) very own Tolo Explorer boat. More photos and videos of the voyage can be found here.
23 April 2020
In our recently-published journal, we revised the estimate on global carbon storage in mangrove forests. We discovered the value to be 23% higher than the previous estimate, after correcting for environmental factors and including significant carbon pools that were previously neglected. Overall, we concluded that mangrove sediment organic carbon stock has previously been over-estimated while ecosystem carbon stock underestimated.
Ouyang & Lee. Nature Communications 11: 317; January 2020
Picarro Combustion Module Installed
11 November 2019
We are thrilled to announce that our Picarro Combustion Module has been successfully installed and ready to be used with our Picarro G2201-i Isotope Analyser. The setup, called the Picarro Combustion Module Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CM-CRDS) system, is able to measure the carbon isotopic (δ13C) composition of solid, liquid, and gaseous samples with carbon content as low as 250mg.
New Team Members
4 November 2019
We have new additions to the lab - welcome Rinaldi GOTAMA and Hei-nin KWONG as Research Assistants to work on the "Value of small mangrove patches in the Pearl River Estuary on commercial fisheries" project!
New Team Members
16 July 2019
Welcome Dr Fen GUO, Leo CHIU-LEUNG, and Michael MA to the team! They will be working on the ECF "Trophodynamics of soft-sediment coastal habitats in Hong Kong" project. Moving on, we are expecting 2 PhD students (Zhaoliang CHEN and Xueqin GAO) and two post-doctoral fellows (Dr Felix LEUNG and Dr Mingfeng LIU) in September.
Mangrove Macrobenthos and Management Meeting 2019
1 - 5 July 2019
I attended the 5th international Mangrove Macrobenthos and Management meeting (MMM5) as a keynote speaker. The MMM is a series of international conferences focusing on the understanding, conservation, and sustainable use of the mangrove ecosystem. This was the first MMM to be held in Southeast Asia, the centre of biodiversity and mangrove ecosystem.
Image courtesy of the 5th International Mangrove Macrobenthos and Management Meeting
ENSURE Grant Granted
10 October 2018
Our proposal for the CUHK-Exeter Joint Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Resilience (ENSURE) Grant has been successful, and we will commence on this project shortly:
Sustainability of coastal megalopolises in the face of global environmental change: China’s Greater Bay Area
This highly-multidisciplinary project involves expertise from multiple faculties, namely Life Sciences, Earth System Sciences, Geography and Resource Management, Government and Public Administration, and Law, from both the CUHK and the University of Exeter.