Kit Yu Karen CHAN 


Office: Cheng Yu Tung Building 5004

Lab: Cheng Yu Tung Building 5007 or Coastal Marine Lab

Email: karenchan"at"



2012  PhD in Oceanography, University of Washington. 

2009  MSc in Oceanography, University of Washington.

2006  BSc (Hons) in Environmental Life Science, University of Hong Kong. 


Current appointment

Assistant Professor 

Division of Life Science 

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 

Previous Academic Positions (2006- beyond)

2016                                Visiting Fellow, South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity, South Africa

2013-2015                       Guest Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, MA. 

2012-2013                       Postdoctoral Scholar of the Coastal Ocean Institute and Croucher Foundation Fellow, WHOI, MA.

Summer 2011 & 2013     Visiting Scientist, Sven Lovén Center of Marine Sciences and Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

2006-2012                       Research Assistant for Dr. Daniel Grünbaum, Univ. of Washington


Research Grants

2018-2019        COTS Research Grant, Australian Museum Lizard Island Research Station, PI (AUD$25, 472)

Swimming behaviors of larval Crown-of-Thorns-Seastars: implications for distribution and dispersal modeling

2017-2020        Research Grant Council, General Research Fund

From physiology to predictions in a changing world: an application of dynamic energy budget model to bivalve veligers

2016-2018        Environmental Conservation Grant

Marine invertebrate larvae in Hong Kong waters: Development of sampling and photo identification guides for larval decapods and stomatopods

2016-2020         Research Grant Council, Early Career Scheme

Effect of warming, acidification & hyposalinity on marine invertebrates larvae

2015-2017        Environmental Conservation Grant, Co-PI

Assessing the marine biodiversity and ecology of Tolo Harbour and Channel, with particular reference to coastal marine environments of Ting Kok and Shuen Wan Hoi – phase I

2014-2017        National Science Foundation, Biological Oceanography

Functional Diversity and Performance of Ciliated Marine Invertebrate Larvae: Measuring and Modeling Larval Swimming, Feeding and Hydrodynamic Signaling

2014-2016        Smithsonian Institution Competitive Grant Program for Science, co-PI

Effects of hypoxia on planktonic larval distribution in tropical Caribbean

2014-2016        ASSEMBLE On-Site Assess Call, co-PI

Impact of ocean acidification on egg and sperm physiology

2012-2013        Royal Swedish Academy of Science 

Project: Impacts of changing ocean conditions on planktonic larval stage of marine invertebrates


Selected Publications (^ indicates students)

^Mak, K. K.Y. and Chan, K.Y.K. 2018. Interactive effects of warming and hyposalinity stress on early life stages of the sea urchin Heliocidaris 

crassispnia. Mar. Biol. 165:57

^Leung, J. and Chan, K.Y.K. 2018. Microplastics reduce posterior regeneration rate of the polycheate Perinereis aibuhitensis. Mar. Poll. Bull. 129:782    

^Lo, H. K. and Chan, K.Y.K. 2017. Negative and concentration-dependent effects of microplastic exposure on growth and development of Crepidula 

onyx amid selective feeding. Env. Poll. 233:588

^Maboloc, E.A. and Chan, K.Y.K. 2017. Resilience of the larval slipper limpet Crepidula onyx to direct and indirect-diet effects of ocean acidification. 

Sci. Rep. 7:12062

^Pecquet, A., Dorey, N. and Chan, K.Y.K. 2017. Ocean acidification impact swimming and development of Bugula neritina. Mar. Poll. Bull. doi:             


^Zhang, SW., Chan, K.Y.K., Shen. Z., Cheung, S.Y., Landry, M.R. and Liu, H.B. 2017. Feeding behavior of a cryptic marine ciliate on progametes of      

Noctiluca scintillans. Protist.

Collin, R. and Chan, K.Y.K. 2016. Negligible safety factors for early development of the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus in a tropical lagoon. Ecol.        

Evol. 6: 5623–5634.

+Wheeler, J.D, +Chan, K.Y.K. (co-first authors), Anderson, E., Mullineux, L. 2016. Ontogenetic changes in larval swimming and orientation of pre-        

competent sea urchin Arbacia punctulata in turbulence. J. Exp. Biol.  Inside JEB Featured Article .219:1303-1310

Chan, K.Y.K., Gracis, E., Dupont, S.T. 2015. Swimming of urchin larvae unaffected by acidification-induced developmental delay.

Scientific Reports. 5:9764

Chan, K.Y.K., Grünbaum, D., Arnsberg, M., Dupont, S.T. 2015.  Impacts of ocean acidification on survival, growth, and swimming behaviors differ____

between larval urchins and brittlestars. ICES Journal of Marine Science. (Invited contribution), doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsv073

Chan, K.Y.K., Jiang, H.S., Padillia, D.K.. 2013. Swimming speed of larval snail does not correlated with size and ciliary beat frequency.

PLoS-One. 8:e82764

Chan, K.Y.K., Grünbaum, D., Arnsberg, M., Thorndyke, M., Dupont, S.T. 2013. Ocean acidification induces budding in larval sea urchins. Marine
____Biology. 160:2129-2135

Durkin, C. A., Bender, S.J., Chan, K.Y.K., Gaessner, K., Grünbaum, D, Armbrust, V. 2013. Silicic acid supplied to coastal diatom communities
____influences cellular silicification and the potential export of carbon. Limnology and Oceanography. 58:1707-1726

Chan, K.Y.K. 2012. Biomechanics of larval morphology affect swimming: insights from the sand dollars Dendraster eccentrics. Integrative and
____Comparative Biology. 52:458-469

Chan, K.Y.K., Yang, S., Maliska, M.E., Grünbaum, D. 2012. Interdisciplinary, guided inquiry on estuarine transport using a computer model in
____high school classrooms. American Biology Teachers. 74:26-33

Chan, K.Y.K., Grünbaum, D., O Donnell, M.J. 2011. Effects of ocean acidification-induced morphological changes on larval swimming and
____feeding. Journal of Experimental Biology. 214:3857-3867

Chan, K.Y.K., Grünbaum, D. 2010. Temperature and diet modified swimming behaviors of larval sand dollar. Marine Ecology Progress Series.


Selected Awards

2012-2014        Croucher Foundation Fellowship for Post-doctoral Research

2012                 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Postdoctoral Scholarship

2011-2012____University of Washington College of Environment Travel Fund

2011-2012____Boeing International Fellowship

2010-2011____Huckabay Teaching Fellowship

2009-2010        Clarence H. Campbell Endowed Lauren Donaldson Scholarship

2008-2009_ __ Stephen and Ruth Wainwright Endowed Fellowship

2006-2009___  Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Overseas Studies 

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 

Photos by Dr. Karen Chan. Last updated on Aug 202018