Lab Members

Mathew Seymour 

Assistant Professor


I am a Molecular/eDNA ecologist specialized in generating and analyzing large datasets to assess the effects of environmental, temporal and spatial influences on biological communities, with direct implications to ecosystem stability, health and function.  Originally from the USA I obtained my BA at the University of Wyoming, my Msc at Holar University in Iceland and my PhD at ETH in Switzerland. I have worked in government and academic research institutions in the USA, UK and Sweden before joining The University of Hong Kong.  I started the eDNA and molecular ecology lab at The University of Hong Kong's School of Biological Sciences in 2022 to advance our understanding and use of eDNA for assessing ecological systems. My group overall specializes in developing and applying molecular based methods to assess trophic and biodiversity dynamics.  

    

Isis Guibert 

Post-doctoral Fellow


My research is broadly centred on investigating the biodiversity and how anthropogenic stressors influence the biodiversity, as well as understanding how changes in the abiotic environment impact symbiotic organism’s physiology. I have taken an integrative approach combining genetics (metabarcoding, metagenomics) and chemistry (LC/MS, GC/MS, SIA) to investigate these questions. 

 

Aside from my scientific interests, I am sea and diver enthusiast. I grew up in the Atlantic coast of France and always lived near the sea (French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Hong Kong). When I am not close to the sea, I love hiking. My go to sport is muay-thaï boxing and my favourite mental activity is meditation.


Taneisha Barrett 

PhD candidate


My PhD will focus on ticks, an organisms that pose major risks to humans and animals, yet are not well studied, especially in Asia. Since ticks are known to be associated with wildlife, for one aspect of my research, I’ll be utilizing morphological and molecular tools to determine community assemblage and hence general diversity of ticks obtained from seized wildlife products. The results are highly relevent for conservation and for furthering our understanding of ecosystem health. Additionally, I am aiming to incorporate abiotic and biotic factors to determine the distribution of ticks in HK and ultimately establish a method for rapid detection and monitoring of ticks using environmental DNA in order to reduce the risk of zoonotic outbreaks.

Baian Lin 

PhD Candidate


Baian's PhD focues on understanding the diversity, evolution, biogeography and conservation of Croaker and Drum species (Perciformes: Sciaenidae). With an extensive background in fisheries (ResearchGate) his research project will expand into the realms of genomics and eDNA to improve our understanding of key fisheries within Hong Kong and their links to global community  structure.

Qian Cheng Luke

PhD Candidate


I am a self-motivated ecology-enthusiast who is interested in the ecosystem stability, dynamics, and global climate change. I obtained my BSc from the Dalhousie University in Canada and my MPhil from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. I have gained valuable experience working with phytoplankton, zooplankton, and fish during my previous studies. My PhD focuses on finding a marriage between molecular approaches and statistical modeling to advance ecological theory and contribute to conservation efforts.


Scholar Profile

Chan Tsz Ying Elaine 

MPhil Candidate


Being born and raised in Hong Kong, I am always fascinated by the great biodiversity, particularly insects. I obtained my BSc in Biological Sciences at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Currently, I am pursuing an MPhil degree also at HKU. My research focuses on the assessment of the largest freshwater insect family (Diptera: Chironomidae) and their link with stream conservation in Hong Kong. To assess the Chironomidae biodiversity, I will combine traditional trapping methods and novel eDNA-based sampling methods. With the utilization of eDNA, we can understand the diversity and change in distribution (spatially and temporally) efficiently, helping us to overcome the challenges of studying Chironomidae. In my free time, I like cooking, hiking and reading. Besides scientific research, I am also keen on teaching and public outreach. Contact "elainecy@connect.hku.hk" for more information.

Yan Kwan Wong

Research Assistant


Yan previously obtained her Bachelor degree in Biology from Chinese University of Hong Kong. She now plays an integral role in several projects in the lab, including tick and freshwater macroinvertebrate biodiveristy assessments.   

Ka Lam Karen Yeung

Research Assistant

I graduated from HKU studying ecology and had developed a keen interest in genetics during my undergraduate years. I am interested in using the molecular approach to answer ecological questions, and hence I hope to explore it’s use in understanding evolutionary processes and biodiversity conservation. My current work is to assess the application of eDNA for Hong Kong marine and fresh water conservation and environmental monitoring.

I’m fond of literature, history, nature, and all related topics. So when I’m not working, you would find me watching and reading about movies and anime, and traveling.