The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. — John Muir, John of the Mountains (1938)
Science is a candle in the dark in this demon-haunted world. — Carl Sagan (1995)
Photo taken in Alishan Forest, Taiwan
Colour morphs of rock pigeons (Columbia livia), the wild form of homing pigeons
Photo by Project Pigeon Watch (now Celebrate Urban Birds)
Genetics and Genomics of Forest, Conservation, Population, and Landscape
I am an Oxford-Radcliffe Graduate Scholar in Interdisciplinary Bioscience, reading for a doctorate at the University of Oxford. I was previously affiliated with the Oxford Navigation Group, Department of Zoology. Now I am based at the Department of Plant Sciences. My current project looks into the utility of forest genomics in the conservation effort of endangered tree species.
As an interdisciplinary bioscientist, I encompass a wide repertoire of interests in the '3Es': Ethology, Ecology, and Evolution. My research is mainly driven by (1) my curiosity in the underlying driving forces that underpin the current biodiversity, (2) my concern in the loss of biodiversity and the changing environment in the Anthropocene, and (3) my aspiration in translating research efforts into public practice and engagement. I am skilled with various laboratory, computational and field techniques in molecular, organismic and population scopes for a data-driven approach of research.
Outside the academia, I am passionate in science communication and education. I recently join the volunteer team of 'Ask A Biologist' at the Arizona State University, where I answer biological questions from general public, write and translate science stories (click here to see my recent articles). Previously I worked in the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, in which I chaired a group of student interns to deliver eco-tours, workshops and forums to the public. I also worked as Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Science and Program for the Gifted and Talented at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
I complete my undergraduate degree with first class honours at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Later I am conferred the honorary title of 'Hong Kong Scholar' by the Hong Kong Government.
I am also a musician, actively looking for various opportunities of performance and collaborations.
British Ecological Society
The Linnean Society of London
Nature, Health and Built Environment Research Group (Cambridge, Oxford, Yale, Harvard, MIT & Stanford)
Preparatory Committee of the Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme Scholars Association
Comics by Jorge Cham, from PHD Comics
This is definitely me every day.