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Interdisciplinary Coral Reef Ecology – Reefs of Future Present




Positions are available for students interested in pursuing a Master’s or Ph.D. in the School of Biological Sciences/Department of Earth Science and the Swire Institute of Marine Science at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). HKU is a top-ranked global university and considered among the best places to study in Asia.

Today, Hong Kong’s coral communities represent the reefs of the world’s future. The region hosts diverse coral communities despite extreme human impacts from climate change, overfishing, mining, nutrient and metal pollution, and sedimentation. The research goals of the laboratory are to understand how these human activities affect corals over space and time, and describe the physiological factors that promote coral resilience and how they vary across environmental gradients. To do so, advanced methodologies in stable isotope biogeochemistry, molecular biology, physiological ecology and imaging will be employed in both the lab and field setting. Prior research experience, including fieldwork and SCUBA certification is desirable. 

More information can be found at: 

The school: and

The marine lab:

The deadline for applications is December 1st.

Applicants are encouraged to contact me via email at at least 2 months prior to the deadline.

Competitive fellowships are available to qualified applicants (qualified means with GPA >3.5), with an emphasis for recruiting international students. Three different sources of postgraduate funding are available: 

Hong Kong PhD Fellowships (HKPF): The HKPF provides each awardee with a monthly studentship of HK $20,000 and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK $10,000 per year for a period up to three years. Intended for students with an outstanding academic record and international applicants in particular.

University Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF): The UPF provides HK $70,000 per annum on top of the standard Postgraduate Studentships (described below). Intended for students with an outstanding academic record and international applicants in particular.

Postgraduate Studentship (PGS): Full-time MPhil and PhD students who hold a first degree with 2nd class honours first division (or equivalent) or above are considered eligible to receive a Postgraduate Studentship. The basic level of the studentship is HK $13,600 per month.

The current exchange rate is 1USD = 7.8HKD

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