Combining coastal oceanographic, ecological, and engineering-based observational techniques, our work focuses on the main question of how individual experience in the plankton affects population dynamics. 

Click HERE for previous lab updates









A quantitative larval ecology lab exploring interactions between individual larvae, their fluid environments, and their population-level consequences in a changing world.



LIFS, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong  

Chan Lab


Division of Life Science

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 

New Publication on Interactive effects of temperature and salinity on early life stages of the sea urchin Heliocidaris crassispina

Feb 2018

Congratulations to former Research Assistant Karen Mak for her recent publication in Marine Biology. A PDF of her article can be viewed here.


Two new publications!

Dec 2017

Congratulations to PhD student Abby and former lab member Julia for their recent publications. PDFs of the two journal articles can be viewed here (Abby) and here (Julia).


Microplastics Cause Irreversible Effects on Marine Organisms

Mar 2018

Recently our research on the adverse effects of microbeads on marine invertebrates has been publicized in the media. The research team consists of Julia Leung (former undergraduate), Abby Lo (current postgraduate), and Pui-Lam Ng (current postgraduate) led by Dr. Karen Chan. The official HKUST press release can be viewed here

We are on TVB Pearl Report!
Mar 2018

We are featured in the episode "Small Plastic, Big Problem". Watch the episode here.

Photos by Dr. Karen Chan. Last updated on Nov 162018

Congratulate Yung on his New Publication!
Nov 2018

Check out the new publication here.

We are Relocating

Nov 2018


Professor chan and her lab will relocate to Swarthmore College, PA as of Jan 1st 2019.




Revisiting the larval dispersal black box in the Anthropocene

Aug 2018


Check out the new publication here.