Baker Lab Alumni
Johnny Richards (2018-2020)
B.Sc. Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (HKU)
Primarily studying conservation forensics, Johnny’s research helped to identify illegally traded wildlife while developing new tools, utilized by law enforcement and customs officials in Hong Kong, to quickly and accurately identify trafficked wildlife. In 2020 Johnny left HKU to pursue a masters at Imperial College in London.
Dr. Jane Wong (2014-2020)
Ph.D.: Ecology & Biodiversity (HKU-SWIMS)
B.Sc. Ecology & Biodiversity (HKU)
An avid diver Dr. Wong’s research focused on the unique relationship on coral-algal symbiosis, and its implication on reef resilience under the threats from rapid population growth and global climate change. She has left Hong Kong to pursue post-doctoral research in Chile.
Dr. Archana Anand (2011-2020)
Ph.D, M.Sc. Environ. Management (HKU)
MBA, SP Jain School of Global Management
B.Eng (Hons), Biomechanics (NUS)
A 2018 National Geographic Explorer, Archana completed an M.Sc in Environmental Management at HKU and has since moved on to complete a Ph.D in nitrogen isotope analysis of sewage pollution in Hong Kong's coastal marine environment. Follow her most recent pursuits at https://www.thelifethalassophillic.com.
Dr. Naomi Geeraert (2017-2019)
Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc. (KULeuven, Belgium)
An accomplished Geographer, Naomi’s studies in soil and water management focused on working with stable isotopes to investigate the effects of nitrate input from human sources on river ecosystems in Kenya and South China. Naomi’s international expertise and knowledge of Dutch, English, French and Swahili made her an integral part of the Baker Lab. Naomi now resides in Belgium and is working as an expert in her field.
Yu-De Pei (2018-19)
Research Assistant, Baker Lab
BS, Life Sciences (NCKU)
Yu-De has extensive experience as a research assistant in Taiwan and Hong Kong. While working at the Baker lab he worked on restoring Platygyra and Acopora corals in Hoi Ha Wan marine park. He has since moved on to HKUST where he works as a research assistant.
Arthur Chung (2015-2019)
B.Sc. Ecology & Biodiversity (HKU)
Passionate about marine ecosystems Arthur worked to assist with the stable isotope analysis of Pacific octocorals, along with sclerite identification for Hong Kong and Myanmar octocoral samples. He has since moved on to working towards an M.Phil in molecular ecology and evolution.
Dr. Till Röthig (2017-2018)
Ph.D. (KAUST), M.S. (Bremen)
Dr. Röthig joined the Baker Lab after studying at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), and completing a PhD on coral reef resilience and response to environmental change. While at HKU his research focused on coral reef biodiversity and assessment of the impact of local salinity and oxygen gradients on the benthic habitats. Dr. Röthig now works at the University of Derby in the School of Environmental Sciences researching the complex interactions between corals and their microbiome.
Jordan Pierce (2018)
B.S. Geography/Oceanography (Texas A&M)
Interested in the applications of remote sensing and 3D modeling on underwater environments Jordan worked with us to understand the complex morphology of reef systems using remote sensing methods (photogrammetry, LiDAR). He has since returned to Texas A&M, completing a M.S and is now working as a graduate researcher.
Yvonne Yau (2018)
Research Assistant (DES)
B.Sc. Environmental Science (HKU)
Yvonne joined the Baker lab as an undergraduate volunteer and became a summer research fellowship on coral-algal symbiosis. As a research assistant she worked closely with Dr. Geeraert on the Ocean HK project in the Pearl River Delta. After leaving the Baker Lab she went on to complete an M.Phil at HKU under Dr. Christelle Not and is now working as a Research Assistant.
Martin Wong (2014-2016)
M.Phil: Ecology & Biodiversity (HKU-SWIMS)
B.A. Environmental Studies (Johns Hopkins)
While working at the Baker Lab Martin assisted with research in conservation ecology and assisted with the planning and execution of field work. Martin continued his studies at HKU gaining and M.Phil in Ecology and Biodiversity. He has since gone on to work with multiple NGOs both locally and internationally, and currently works at Friends-International in Cambodia.
Ph.D. Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography (UPMC)
B.S. Biology; M.Sc Ecology of Littoral Ecosystems, Université de La Rochelle
During his time at HKU Nicholas focused on understanding coral geochemistry as it relates to paleo-oceanographic records. Currently he is working as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute, in collaboration with Princeton University, to further research in the linkage between past climate variability and the Nitrogen cycle in the ocean using coral isotopic records.
Symphonia Li (2015)
M.Sc. Environmental Management (HKU)
B.S. Environmental Studies (OUHK)
Symphonia completed his M.Sc. on the impact of water quality on coral biodiversity, he documented that some corals can grow well in Hong Kong despite poor water quality though proximity to sewage discharge is very detrimental to their heath. He also participated in public outreach on the topic of water quality and environmental health. Mr. Li has since moved on to work with the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department.
Dr. Michael Zhu (2014)
Bachelors in Civil and Environmental Engineering (HKU)
PhD. Newcastle University
Mike applied his background in Civil and Environmental Engineering to several ecological and biological projects while working in the Baker Lab. He has relocated to the UK to continue his studies at Newcastle University, completing a Ph.D. research in the Caribbean on coral reef fish community structure and function.