Wherever humans exist, they have impacts on the environment. This is a reality of life. We use resources and create waste. The Marine Futures Laboratory is concerned with not only what these impacts are but also what we can do about them to ensure the future of marine ecosystems.
Combined human impacts
Most people have an opinion on the impacts of climate change, but few have thought about the reality. We are particularly interested in how changing environmental conditions, especially ocean warming and acidification, will combine with local pollution to damage marine ecosystems. What is the future of our coral reefs and how can we improve the outlook?
Did you know that Hong Kong historically had extensive oyster reefs and the coral communities were much healthier? My team is working with organisations such as The Nature Conservancy to see if we can bring them back!
Implementing technology in macroecology
Ecological surveys are time consuming and labour intensive. However, sometimes, it does not have to be. By using technology, we can reduce time and effort, yet increase accuracy. At Marine Futures, we are developing the use of drones for ecological surveys and habitat mapping.
We are a dynamic lab with a passion for the getting wet, particularly in tropical seas. If you are interested by anything on the website and want to join the crew, visit the opportunities page or come and chat to me!
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Assoc. Prof. Bayden D Russell
The Swire Institute of Marine Science
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Hong Kong