Astrid Andersson - Ph.D. Candidate (HKU)
Astrid is conducting research to aid in the conservation of the critically endangered Yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacauta sulphurea)
Chloe Webster - Ph.D. Candidate (HKU)
Chloe is working on conservation genetics of the critically endangered Helmeted Hornbill.
John Allcock - Senior Research Assistant
As a life-long birder I am always pleased to be able to follow a career in bird research and conservation. Having previously worked at the internationally important Mai Po Nature Reserve, I am particularly interested in ecology and conservation of wetland birds and in the migratory links between Hong Kong and other countries in Asia.
As well as birds, I have a great interest in bats, and I am looking to develop projects into the ecology of bats in Hong Kong, especially the potential impacts of urbanisation on local species. I think that effective biodiversity conservation relies on the support of the public, which starts with an understanding of the diversity around them. As such, I am keen to increase public involvement with biodiversity conservation and research, particularly through the promotion of citizen science projects. I am also actively involved with the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society.
Wong Ka Kiu (Alice) - Research Assistant
I completed my BSc majoring in Ecology & Biodiversity and Environmental Science at the University of Hong Kong. My undergraduate projects investigated the effect of anthropogenic noise on songs of urban birds. I continue the research as a research assistant in the group. I work on the urban noise project to conduct birdsong playback and sound transmission experiments. I also study urban birds with a focus on the repertoire and singing behaviour of Oriental Magpie-robin.
Ghanishta Seeburrun - MSc Environmental Management (HKU)
Ghanishta is working on a project investigating the suitability of habitat in urban parks to support fruit bats.
Saumya Gupta - Undergraduate Research Assistant
I am an undergraduate student at HKU, studying Ecology and Biodiversity. Ecosystem functioning and the effect of anthropogenic activity on the environment are issues that I have been interested in learning about from a very early age.
Biodiversity conservation is an area that seems to be gaining a lot of momentum, and I look forward to working in any field related to this.
At the Dingle lab, I am currently working on the urban noise project, helping with field studies of vocal transmission, and in the lab I am analyzing frequency measurements of various species to determine whether urban environments cause a change in bird song.
Rebecca Wong - Undergraduate Volunteer Research Assistant
Bingo - Undergraduate Volunteer Research Assistant
Sandy - Undergraduate Volunteer Research Assistant
Debby - Undergraduate Volunteer Research Assistant
Debby is majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Rather than being a specialist in a particular area, Debby tends to be a generalist. She is keen on experiencing and learning a wide range of skills and knowledge from different areas. She is still exploring her own interest but already shows tremendously great interest in the topics related to evolution and speciation. She has been contributing to several of the group's projects, including the urban noise project and wildlife trade.