THE LATEST NEWS FROM OUR GROUP
A new method for predicting the response of ecosystems to marine heatwaves
An international team of marine scientists from Hong Kong, Japan, and Canada, led by Dr Bayden D RUSSELL (Associate Director of the Swire Institute of Marine Science and Associate Professor from the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong), including Dr Ben HARVEY (University of Tsukuba), Dr Katie MARSHALL and Professor Christopher HARLEY (University of British Columbia), have developed a new framework to allow us to not only understand the effects of marine heatwaves, but potentially predict their effects before they occur. This new method will allow researchers worldwide to identify the key biological traits of marine species in their region and predict how they are likely to be stressed by heatwaves. Most importantly, using this trait-based approach will allow managers and policy makers to identify the key species which are needed to support ecosystem function and develop strategies to help mitigate the damage caused by heatwaves.
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Oyster reef biodiversity exhibit and workshop
Marine Futures organised an oyster reef biodiversity exhibit and workshop to showcase our on going oyster reef conservation and restoration projects in Hong Kong. We
Copepod response to climate change is driven by species distribution and evolutionary history
We assessed the drivers and potential predictors of copepod response to ocean acidification and warming in an ecological and evolutionary context.
New Paper on the physiological impacts of heatwaves and the recovery of sea urchins
Our new paper in collaboration with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science is out in Science of the Total Environment. Jay Minuti travelled to Sydney to investigate the effects of heatwaves on sea urchin physiology and possible recovery. The study shows that the negative effects of heatwaves can manifest after relief from stressful conditions and highlight the importance of understanding the latent effects on physiology and health. Please click below to go to the page.
New Post-Doc position in
Applications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Fellow at the Marine Futures Laboratory in the Research Division for Ecology and Biodiversity and the Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS), to commence as soon as possible for two years, with the possibility of a one-year extension. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Ecology, Ecological Modelling, or Marine Biology/Ecology related disciplines.The appointee will lead a funded research project in partnership with the Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba (Japan) and CSIRO Australia.