Alan Yeung to present at ECRS 2017

by Alan Yeung 2017-12-11

I will be presenting as Executive Director of Nature Pacific Foundation at the upcoming European Coral Reef Symposium (ECRS2017) at Oxford, England on December 15, 2017.

Under Session 7 – Can volunteers bridge the knowledge gap in reef conservation and research? Lessons from the field, this talk is entitled “21st century education: supporting reef conservation and research through experiential and service learning in Borneo, Palau and China.”

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Congrats and thanks to Director Palumbi

by TNP Editor 2017-09-28

Congratulations to Prof. Stephen Palumbi at Stanford University.

According to report, Steve has passed on the directorship of Stanford Hopkins Marine Station to Prof. Mark Denny, as of September 1, 2017.

Steve has led Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station with great success.

Many thanks to Steve for his  vision, leadership, passion … and wonderful moments and fond memories.

Ecotourism in Palau

by Austin Yeung 2017-08-3

This summer, I am back to Palau with a team of three friends, William Huang, Nigel Yang and Sebastian Charmot, from Shanghai American School (SAS) to conduct independent research on eco-tourism in Palau. We visited U.S. Ambassador Amy Hyatt and USDA Officer Paul Lake at the U.S. Embassy in Koror. Our first time in a U.S. Embassy and on American soil in a foreign country!

With the help of Ambassador Hyatt and Mr. Lake, we met with a number of Palau government officials and interviewed them on  environmental policies set in place – by the Palauan government – to conserve and preserve.  We explore, through inquiry-based learning and our own questionaires, how  Palau can protect its conservation success, yet further its eco-tourism industry.

It has been a great experience for all of us. And I am glad I had the privilege and honor in leading this expedition.

 

SAS & HKU Learning Experience

by Austin Yeung 2017-07-28

Four Shanghai American Schoool high school students, including myself, collaborated with two researchers, Dr. Shelby McIlroy and Vicki Sheng, from The Swire Institute of Marine Science at the University of Hong Kong, to conduct field research on the coral reefs in Palau.

Chasing Coral: A Documentary

by Austin Yeung 2017-07-15

Chasing Coral – A Documentary Film. This amazing new documentary on coral captures the beauty of the ocean and outlines the causes of worldwide bleaching.

Its emotional journey takes place in Hawaii and Australia, where reefs are hit by rising sea temperatures. Highly recommended.

ICRS13 proceedings

by Austin Yeung 2016-12-30

The proceedings of ICRS13, the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, held in June 2016 at the Honolulu Convention Center, has now been published.

To learn more, click here to go to the ICRS13 proceedings page or download its table of contents here.

My paper with Prof. David M. Baker:

Session 80: A.H. Yeung, D.M. Baker (2016) A turnaround at Sanya National Coral Reef Nature Reserve?

Proc 13th Intl Coral Reef Symposium Honolulu: 561-580

can also be downloaded here.

Expedition to Palau

by Austin Yeung 2016-07-26

Six months and a few hundred diving photos later, I returned to Palau. This time, the purpose of travel was entirely different. Instead of vacationing in Palau, I was doing field work – coral experiments.  Marine biologist Prof. Palumbi and Megan Morikawa from Stanford University were doing baseline data collection in Palau. Amazingly, I was fortunate enough to be able to join them on this research expedition. Along with my friend Sebastian, another avid diver and photographer, I was introduced to sample and data collection in the ocean. By using data loggers, we recorded temperatures of the patch reefs in the area. A critical aspect of the experiment was to navigate the seas and find the locations at which the data loggers were first placed. I found this to be a very valuable learning experience as I was taught how to use a satellite GPS and use it to navigate the waters. It was fun, it was relaxing, and it was educational.

As you can imagine, doing research work in an environment like that of Palau, it’s hard not to become distracted by the beauty of the environment. With our underwater cameras, Sebastian and I were able to capture breathtaking photos of underwater life. On one particular occasion, Prof. Palumbi discovered a lionrock: a rock that sheltered lionfish. By using still shots with the GoPro, I was able to record the movements of a spectacular baby lionfish and its two parents. It’s the little things that we saw during our research expedition that really attracts me to this particular type of research. It’s the combination of seeing wildlife beauty and the research work around it that interests me. This is why I enjoy marine biology.

Summer internship at HKU

by Austin Yeung 2016-07-17

I am back to Hong Kong working as a summer intern with Prof. Dave Baker at the University of Hong Kong. This year, I got to work with Vicky and others in a number of projects within the new Baker Lab on the HKU main campus. Vicky taught me some basic forensic lab skills where I am learning how to extract DNA. I also met Ashley, another intern working at HKU this summer, in which we both experimented with the 3D scanner and became mini ‘experts’ on it.

It has been a great deal of fun and learning.

An internship at SWIMS

My summer internship at SWIMS

Austin at SWIMS 2015by Austin Yeung 2015-08-13

Just had an exciting ‘two-week’ summer internship at The Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS) in Hong Kong.  Many thanks to Prof. Baker for allowing me to be in his lab – which is really ‘everywhere’ — from the work bench within SWIMS at Cape D’Aguilar, where I got to work with Phil to quantify photo effects on coral/algae symbiosis, to ‘sitting in’ on department seminars with the folks from the Baker Lab on the HKU main campus, to ‘exploring and snorkeling’ Lantau and Nine Pins Islands, where Nico led us in surveying and collecting coral specimens for “paleoecological studies.”

Exciting projects and truly fun and smart people!  I learned a lot.