Welcome to the Reef Ecology Lab

Professor Chou Loke Ming started the Herpetology Lab in 1977 when he first joined the University. By 1986, his research interest had shifted to coral reef ecology, so the lab became the Reef Ecology Lab, and his research team and students became known as the Reef Ecology Study Team. The lab transformed into the Marine Biology Lab with a broader research scope in 2003, under additional guidance first by Dr. Ruth O’Riordan, and later by Dr. Peter Todd. In 2012, the Reef Ecology Lab was re-established with a renewed focus on coral reef ecology, evolution and conservation. Professor Chou had been the Principal Investigator until his retirement in October 2014. He is now Adjunct Research Professor at the Tropical Marine Science Institute and joint Adjunct Research Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences.

Research areas:

  • Coral reef biology and ecology
  • Benthic and intertidal ecology
  • Marine evolution and phylogenetics
  • Reef restoration
  • Integrated coastal management