UNDergraduate students and their finaL Year projects (2017/18)
Ivana SURADJA (ENVS Yr 3)
International Research Enrichment (IRE) track student
Kai Hin CHU, Kelvin (ENVS Yr 4)
My final year project is to find out the effect of cargo vessel noise on the growth and survival of the larvae of Heliocidaris crassispina. Results show that the growth rate decreased and mortality rate increased when the larvae were exposed to noise. Interestingly, we found out that the body growth was significantly affected in the treatment group when compared with the arm growth.
Julia LEUNG (BISC Yr 4)
My project focused on how segment regeneration of polychaete P. aibuhitensis is affected by micro-plastics. Worms were amputated and were fed with different sizes of micro-plastics. I found that micro-plastics negatively affected segment regeneration ability of P. aibuhitensis and smaller beads were more detrimental than larger beads.
Rinaldi GOTAMA (BISC Yr 4)
My FYP focused on the effects of physical disturbance towards epibenthic community dynamics in Port Shelter (HKUST pier). By periodically removing petri dishes simulating submerged in coastal seawater, I tested the effect of disturbance in different frequencies on the abundance of phytoplankton and sessile invertebrates settled on the petri dishes.
Division of Life Science
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Lap Yin YEUNG, Wilson (BISC Yr 4)
My research project is about crab larvae found in Port Shelter. I am interested in studying the seasonal variation of zooplankton abundance and larval crab diversity. Though it can be tiring to work on board and to rear larval crabs in the laboratory, I found it enjoyable and meaningful to connect with the nature and to better understand the zooplankton community in local water.
Joshua NG (BISC Yr 4)
"You have an insane collection of creepy crawlies." That's how people told my dad. Being raised in a mini zoo-liked environment, I had a wonderful experience handling different reptiles and exotic species more than one normal person would encounter throughout their life. I am particularly interested in growth and development of species within the Reptilia kingdom.
In my final year project, I was granted this opportunity to work under Dr. Karen Chan's supervision on invertebrate growth and development, which is a whole new experience for me. I studied this Haminoea species found in Hong Kong, aiming to gather more information for species identification of this marine opisthobranch gastropod.