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Professor Rudolf Wu received his PhD from the University of British Columbia. He joined the Education University as Research Chair Professor of the Department of Sciences and Environmental Studies in January 2016. Prior to this appointment, he was the Chair Professor and Director of the School of Biological Sciences, the University of Hong Kong. He was the Director of the “Centre for Marine Environmental Research and Innovative Technology”, an “Area of Excellence” (funded $66.5 million by the HK government and $31.8 million by the six collaborating Universities). He is also the founding Director of the State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution. Currently, he is the Director of the “Regional Centre of Excellence in Marine Pollution” of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia, United Nations.

Professor Wu is ranked the top 1% scholar in his field (Essential Science Indicators). His research primarily focuses on the responses of marine animals and ecosystems to environmental stresses (especially hypoxia, xenobiotics and endocrine disrupting chemicals). He has published one book, five book chapters, and over 250 papers in leading journals in environmental sciences, environmental toxicology and marine ecology. Professor Wu was the associated editor of five international journals, and also the Chief Guest Editor of seven special issues of the journal "Marine Pollution Bulletin".

Professor Wu has served on numerous high level committees of the Hong Kong government (e.g. Chair of Research Assessment Panel, Chair of the Fisheries Advisory Committee, member of Research Grants Council and Advisory Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene) as well as expert/advisory groups of many international organizations (including the United Nations, the International Maritime organization, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Food & Agriculture Organization and the Environment Agency of the United Kingdom). He has been commissioned by the United Nations and International Atomic Energy Agency to conduct more than 30 international training workshops covering a wide spectrum of topics including environmental impact assessment, environmental risk management, food security and public health, marine ecosystem management, and environmental monitoring and control.

Prof. Wu has secured over $140 million competitive research grants (as Principal Investigator), and completed numerous consultancy studies with a total contract value more than $40 million. Results and recommendations of many of his studies have formed the scientific basis and legal framework of environmental management in Hong Kong.

Research interests

1. Epigenetic and trans-generational effects induced by hypoxia and chemicals

2.Impact of environmental stresses (especially hypoxia) on marine ecosystem structure and function

Teaching Interests

1. Ecology

2. Environmental science

3. Environmental impact assessment

4. Toxicology

External Appointments

A. International Appointments


Director of the “Regional Centre of Excellence in Marine Pollution” of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia, United Nations.


Member, National Working Group on Ecological Assessment and Management of China Coastline, China


Commissioned by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and PEMSEA of United Nations to conduct a 2 month attachment training for two IAEA fellows and two PEMSEA fellows in contaminant analysis and monitoring


Invited by the International Atomic Energy Agency to conduct an international training workshop on “Biological and Chemical Monitoring”, Vienna, Austria


Appointed by the United Nations, as one of the 13 members of the “Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection” in the world.


Appointed by the Natural Environment Research Council, UK, to serve as the external reviewer of the five year strategic marine science programs in the UK (a £100 million program)


Member, Earth Sciences Panel, National Science Foundation, China


Member, Board of Directors, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Asia Pacific


Appointed by the British government, to serve on the Scientific Advisory Panel, Environment Agency of the United Kingdom


Appointed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)/UNESCO, to serve as one of the 24 members in the world on the Coastal Ocean Observations Panel


Appointed by United Nation Development Program / International Maritime Organization, to serve as a member of the Multidisciplinary Expert Group

B. Hong Kong Government Appointments


Member, Advisory Board for Feasibility Study of Identified Sites on the Periphery of Country Parks, Hong Kong Housing Authority


Steering committee member, Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, Hong Kong Government


Panel member, Innovation and Technology Commission, Hong Kong Government


Council member, Advisory Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene, Hong Kong Government


Council member, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong Government


Member, Earth Sciences Panel, National Science Foundation, China


Chairman, Biology Panel, Research Assessment Exercise, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong Government


Member, National Science Foundation of China / Research Grants Council of Hong Kong Joint Research scheme


Member, Harbor Area Treatment Scheme Monitoring Group, Hong Kong government


Chairman, Capture Fisheries Advisory Committee, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong government


Member, Aquaculture Advisory Committee, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong government


Appointed by the Hong Kong government as one of the six members of an International Review Panel, to review and advise the development of the Strategic Sewage Disposal Scheme(a $27 billion project)


Member, Biology and Medicine Panel, Research Grants Council

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