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Iris Lai

Research Assistant

Hello everyone! I’m Iris. I was an Environmental Science student from the CUHK and the research assistant of Dr. Apple Chui. As a nature lover, I hope to seek out ways to conserve the wildlife. Although coral restoration is sometimes a tough job, seeing the corals growing better and healthier pays off! My wishes for the future are 1. richer biodiversity in HK waters; and 2. higher awareness for environmental conservation in the general public! Are you ready to make my wishes come true? Let’s explore the mesmerizing underwater together!


Christy Kong

Research Assistant

Hi guys! I am Christy. I was an FYP student and am a research assistant of Dr. Apple Chui in CUHK. Ever since I was small, I was attracted to the nature by its beauty. The ocean is not only my playground, it is also a shelter where I feel calm. Now it also becomes a challenging place with the exciting work in coral restoration! The bustling coral communities are precious marine treasures of Hong Kong. I wish everyone would discover some meaningful values of the ocean to them like I do! 

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Victor Li

Final Year Project Student

 Hi! I am Victor and I was an FYP student studying relationships between extreme weather events and the bioerosion of long-spined sea urchins on corals. I am a scuba diver and I can always find something exciting for me from the underwater world and therefore I am always interested in studying marine ecology and I want to use my knowledge contributing to the local marine conservation. Come and join Coral Academy and conserve the marine habitat together!

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Ryan Yip

Final Year Project Student

Hello everybody! My name’s Ryan majoring in Environmental Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), who was an FYP student focussing on coral restoration at Tolo Harbour and Channel under Dr. Apple Chui’s research team.  

As an amateur scuba diver, I have always found the underwater world extremely mysterious and full of surprises. This simply explains why I have a firm conviction to promote marine conservation by means of science communication, environmental education and activism, along with bridging the communication gap between scientists and public.  

For anyone who is interested in exploring more about coral communities and diverse marine ecosystems in Hong Kong, I wholeheartedly invite you to join the Coral Academy and conserve our delicate corals and oceans! 

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Daniel Mak

Research Assistant

Daniel Mak is a marine toxicologist, policy advocate, and ocean enthusiast. He acquired his M.Phil degrees in Environmental Science programs from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and currently work in AFCD as a fishery management officer. His research focuses on three main perspectives: i) What are the spatial and temporal patterns of microplastics in the aquatic environment?; ii )How microplastics interact with marine organisms (eg., coral, fish, and oyster)?; iii) Can policy instruments (eg., Microbead Ban, Single used plastic Ban) to be used as a mandatory system to change public ’norm’ in plastic consumption?

To be a sincere marine toxicologist, Daniel has actively involved in research and education programs. He has published several international peer-review journals about microplastic pollution in Hong Kong, the identification of microplastic pollution sources, and the toxicity effects of microplastics on marine organisms. Besides, He has been invited to present his research results about microplastic and marine debris problems through different public broadcasting, comprising RTHK (Hong Kong Collection) and WWF.

To be an inspiring policy advocate, he has started to communicate with different stakeholders in the participation of the plastic waste reduction program to allow the public to have a good recycling habitat.

As the old saying goes, ’policy marker didn’t know science, scientists didn’t understand policy.’ His wish is to become a ”bridging” person among policy and science, further enhancing and protecting Hong Kong biodiversity through effective implementation of environmental legislation.