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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

2009-now

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

2014-2019

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

2013

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

2010

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

2008-2015

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.

2006

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)

2006-2007

Member, Earth Sciences Panel, National Science Foundation, China

2004-2008

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

2003-2014

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

2002-2004

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

2002-2010

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

B. Hong Kong Government Appointments

2017-2019

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

2013-2016

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

2013-2015

Panel member, Innovation and Technology Commission, Hong Kong Government

2006-2013

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

2006-2010

Council member, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong Government

2006-2007

Member, Earth Sciences Panel, National Science Foundation, China

2005-2006

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

2002-2005

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

2001-2004

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

2000-2004

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

2000-2002

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

2000-2001

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)

1995-2001

Member, Biology and Medicine Panel, Research Grants Council



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