Education: Ph.D. University of Hong Kong
I am a marine larval and intertidal ecologist with research interests in the effect of larval supply, settlement and post-settlement mortality on the distribution and abundance of marine organisms. My recent research directions are:
1) Biogeography and diversity of barnacles in the NW Pacific waters My Ph.D. study used two common rocky shore barnacle species, Tetraclita squamosa and Tetraclita japonica (Chan, 2001, 2003) as examples to study the effect of salinity and physical stress on the settlement and population dynamics of intertidal barnacles (Chan et al., 2001; Chan and Williams, 2003, 2004; Chan and Hung, 2005). To further study the effect of latitudinal gradient on the distribution pattern of intertidal assemblages in the Asian region, my recent research focusing on the distribution and population structure of Tetraclita spp. from Japan, Taiwan, Okinawa, Xiamen and Hong Kong (Chan et al., 2007a, b, c, d; Tsang et al., 2007; Chan et al., in press). In addition, I have involved in the design of a plankton trap (Yan et al., 2003) which can be used to monitor the effect of larval supply on the subsequent population structure of barnacles at different spatial scales. I have recently published a book on Taiwan barnacles (Chan and Lee, 2008).
2) Intertidal ecology Besides working on the rocky intertidal system, I am also interested in sandy shore ecology (see Chan and Caley, 2003). I have studied the factors affecting the fitness of the sandy shore snail Batillaria zonalis (Chan and Chan, 2005) and developed techniques in investigating the burrow structure of soft shore organisms (Chan et al., in 2006; Lee et al., 2008). In addition, my recent research focuses on the ecology of the parasitic barnacles (Crustacea: Cirripedia: Rhizocephala).
Chan, B.K.K., Tsang, L.M. and Chu, K.H. (2007) Cryptic diversity and biogeography of the acorn barnacle Tetraclita squamosa in Asia. 21st Pacific Science Congress. Okinawa, Japan. 6.2007.
Chan, B.K.K. (2007) Oceanographic currents and geographical distribution of intertidal barnacles in Asia: implications for the biogeography of intertidal communities. Ecosummit 2007. Beijing, China. 5.2007
Chan, B.K.K. (2006) Ecology, regional and seasonal changes of barnacles: comparison of intertidal zones between Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong using photo-transect techniques. 1st NAGISA Near Shore Biodiversity Symposium. Kobe, Japan 10.2006
Chan, B.K.K. (2006) Effect of latitudinal gradient on the geographical distribution of the acorn barnacles Tetraclita squamosa, T. pacifica, T. japonica and T. formosana from NW Pacific to SE Asia: baseline for studying the climate change on tropical intertidal communities. 41st European Marine Biology Symposium. Cork Ireland, 9. 2006
Chan, B.K.K. & Lee, K.S. (2006). Population dynamics of the deep-sea barnacle Rostraverruca koehleri (Cirripedia: Verrucomorpha) epibionts on the deep-sea urchin Stylocidaris in Taiwan. 11th Deep-sea Biology Symposium. Southampton, UK 6.2006.
Chan, B.K.K. (2005) Burrow architecture of the mud-shrimp Austinogebia edulis in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Annual meeting of the Fishery Society of Taiwan, Pingtung, Taiwan. 12.2005
Chan, B.K.K. (2005) Effect of artificial seawalls on the distribution of intertidal organisms in the Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. Asia-Pacific Conference on Marine Pollution Prevention and Control. Kaoshiung, Taiwan. 10.2005
Chan, B.K.K., Morritt, D.M., Pirro, M.D., Leung, K.M.Y. and Williams, G.A. (2005) Barnacles and heat stress: sublethal responses and mortality of the acorn barnacle Tetraclita japonica Symposium of Ecophysiology of Marine Organisms. Hong Kong. 9.2005.
Chan, B.K.K. (2004). Ecology, regional and seasonal changes of barnacles: comparison of intertidal zones between Japan and Hong Kong. Annual Meeting of the Sessile Organism Society of Japan, Tokyo, Japan 11.2004
Chan, B.K.K. and Williams, G.A. (2004). Life history patterns of temperate and tropical barnacles and their impact on the intertidal communities Larval Biology Conference. Hong Kong 6. 2004
Chan, B.K.K. (2003). Season of death: the ecology of Tetraclita japonica (Cirripedia: Balanomorpha) during the summer in Hong Kong 41st Annual meeting of the Carcinological Society of Japan, Okinawa, Japan. 11.2003
Chan, B.K.K. (2003). Distribution and morphology of Sacculina sinensis (Cirripedia: Rhizocephala) in Hong Kong The Crustacean Society Annual Summer Meeting, Williamsburg, USA. 6.2003.
Chan, B.K.K. and Lee, K-S. (2007). Barnacles of Taiwan: Biodiversity and Ecology. National Museum of Natural Science Press.
Chan, B.K.K. * and Caley, K.J. (2003). Hong Kong Field Guides 4: Sandy Shores. Wan Li Book Co. Hong Kong.