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Dr James Kar-Hei Fang
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Dr Fang Kar-hei, James

Assistant Professor

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Plymouth
  • Master of Philosophy, City University of Hong Kong
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Professional Qualifications

  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology
  • Chartered Biologist

Research Overview

Our research directions are to develop quantitative methods for assessing microplastics in environmental and biological samples, to determine marine ecological impacts of microplastics and to estimate human health risks of consuming plastic-contaminated seafood.

Academic and Professional Experiences

  • Member, Research Institute for Future Food, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
  • Member, State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution, led by City University of Hong Kong, China (a consortium of seven local universities)
  • Adjunct Fellow, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Member (MRSB) and Chartered Biologist (CBiol), Royal Society of Biology, United Kingdom
  • Occupational Scientific Diver, Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme, Australia

Research Interests

  • Marine Biology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Cellular Biology
  • Ecophysiology
  • Analytical Chemistry


  • 2010 - The International Coral Reef Society Graduate Fellowship (a worldwide award to the most outstanding PhD candidate in coral reef science)
  • 2009 - Research Scholarship and International Research Tuition Award, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2007 - Prize for Outstanding Presentation at The 5th International Conference on Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology, Hong Kong, China
  1. Liu SY, Leung MML, Fang JKH, Chua SL (2021) Engineering a microbial 'trap and release' mechanism for microplastics removal. Chemical Engineering Journal 404, 127079
  2. Wang S, Zhong Z, Li Z, Wang X, Gu H, Huang W, Fang JKH, Shi H, Hu M, Wang Y (2021) Physiological effects of plastic particles on mussels are mediated by food presence. Journal of Hazardous Materials 404, 124136
  3. Wang S, Hu M, Zheng J, Huang W, Shang Y, Fang JKH, Shi H, Wang Y (2021) Ingestion of nano/micro plastic particles by the mussel Mytilus coruscus is size dependent. Chemosphere 263, 127957
  4. Mak CW, Tsang YY, Leung MML, Fang JKH, Chan KM (2020) Microplastics from effluents of sewage treatment works and stormwater discharging into the Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong. Marine Pollution Bulletin 157, 111181
  5. Fang JKH, Rooks CA, Krogness CM, Kutti T, Hoffmann F, Bannister RJ (2018) Impact of particulate sediment, bentonite and barite (oil-drilling waste) on net fluxes of oxygen and nitrogen in Arctic-boreal sponges. Environmental Pollution 238, 948–958
  6. Fang JKH, Schönberg CHL, Mello-Athayde MA, Achlatis M, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Dove S (2018) Bleaching and mortality of a photosymbiotic bioeroding sponge under future carbon dioxide emission scenarios. Oecologia 187, 25–35
  7. Fang JKH, Schönberg CHL, Mello-Athayde MA, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Dove S (2014) Effects of ocean warming and acidification on the energy budget of an excavating sponge. Global Change Biology 20, 1043−1054
  8. Fang JKH, Mello-Athayde MA, Schönberg CHL, Kline DI, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Dove S (2013) Sponge biomass and bioerosion rates increase under ocean warming and acidification. Global Change Biology 19, 3581−3591
  9. Fang JKH, Wu RSS, Zheng GJ, Lam PKS, Shin PKS (2010) Seasonality of bioaccumulation of trace organics and lysosomal integrity in green-lipped mussel Perna viridisScience of the Total Environment 408, 1458−1465
  10. Fang JKH, Wu RSS, Zheng GJ, Au DWT, Lam PKS, Shin PKS (2009) The use of muscle burden in rabbitfish Siganus oramin for monitoring polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong and possible human health risk. Science of the Total Environment 407, 4327−4332
  1. Schönberg CHL, Fang JKH, Carballo JL (2017) Excavating sponges and the future of coral reefs. In: Carballo JL, Bell J (Eds). Climate Change, Ocean Acidification and Sponges. Springer, Berlin-Heidelberg, pp. 179–372
  2. Wu RSS, Chan AKY, Richardson B, Au DWT, Fang JKH, Lam PKS, Giesy J (2008) Measuring and monitoring POPs: a critique. In: Murakami Y, Nakayama K, Kitamura SI, Iwata H, Tanabe S (Eds). Interdisciplinary Studies on Environmental Chemistry: Biological Responses to Chemical Pollutants. TERRAPUB, Tokyo, pp. 1−6

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