Dr CHUI Pui Yi Apple


(Office): Rm 412A, Science Centre East Block

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B.Sc.             Hong Kong University of Science and Technolog
M.Phil. The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ph.D. The Chinese University of Hong Kong


  • Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, CUHK

Research Interests

  • Reproductive and Iarval ecology of corals
  • Coral recruitment dynamics
  • Reef restoration using sexually reared corals

Representative Publications

  • Price NN, Muko S, Legendre L, Steneck R, van Oppen M, Albright R, Ang PO, Carpenter RC, Chui APY, Fan TY, Gates RD, Harii S, Kitano H, Kurihara H, Mitarai S, Padilla-Gamino J, Sakai K, Suzuki G and Edmunds PJ (2019) Global biogeography of coral recruitment: tropical decline and subtropical increase. Marine Ecology Progress Series 621:1-17.
  • Ng TY, Chui APY and Ang PO (2019) Onset of symbiosis in planula larvae of scleractinian corals. Hydrobiologia https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-019-04030-1.
  • Wong KT, Chui APY, Lam EKY, Ang PO (2018) A 30-year monitoring of changes in coral community structure following anthropogenic disturbances in Tolo Harbour and Channel, Hong Kong. Marine Pollution Bulletin 133:900-910.
  • Tsang RHL, Chui APY, Wong KT and Ang P, Jr. (2018) Corallivory plays a limited role in the mortality of new coral recruits in Hong Kong marginal coral communities. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 503:100-108.
  • Chui APY and Ang P, Jr. (2017) High tolerance to temperature and salinity change should enable scleractinian coral Platygyra acuta from marginal environments to persist under future climate change. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0179423.
  • Chui APY and Ang P, Jr. (2017) Recruitment failure of scleractinian corals in a subtropical marginal environment: Three-year monitoring in a Hong Kong marine park. Marine Pollution Bulletin 124:668-677.
  • Chui APY, Yeung CW, Tsang RHL, Leung YH, Ng TY, Chai KH, Ang PO (2016) Lowered temperature and reduced salinity retarded development of early life history stages of Acropora valida from the marginal environment. Regional Studies in Marine Science (In press) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rsma.2016.04.004.
  • Kwok CK, Lam EKY, Leung SM, Chui APY, Ang PO (2016) Copper and thermal perturbations on the early life processes of the hard coral Platygyra acuta. Coral Reefs 35:827-838.
  • Chui APY and Ang PO (2015) Elevated temperature enhances normal early embryonic development in the coral Platygyra acuta under low salinity conditions. Coral Reefs 34:461-469.
  • Lam EKY, Chui APY, Kwok CK, IP AHP, Chan SW, Leung HN, Yeung LC and Ang PO (2015) High levels of inorganic nutrients affect fertilization kinetics, early development and settlement of the scleractinian coral Platygyra acuta. Coral Reefs 34:837-848.
  • Edmunds PJ, Steneck R, Albright R, Carpenter RC, Chui APY, Fan T-Y, Harii S, Kitano H, Kurihara H, Legendre L, Mitarai S, Muko S, Nozawa Y, Padilla-Gamino J, Price NN, Sakai K, Suzuki G, van Oppen M, Yarid A, Satoh NL and Gates RD (2015) Geographic variation in long-term trajectories of change in coral recruitment: a global-to-local perspective. Marine and Freshwater Research http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF14139.
  • Chui APY, Wong MC, Liu SH, Lee GW, Chan SW, Lau PL, Leung SM and Ang PO (2014) Gametogenesis, embryogenesis, and fertilization ecology of Platygyra acuta in marginal nonreefal coral communities in Hong Kong. Journal of Marine Biology, doi:10.1155/2014/953587.
  • Chui APY and Ang PO (2014) Extensive mortality of black corals Antipathes curvata along a depth gradient in Hong Kong, China. Marine Biodiversity, doi: 10.1007/s12526-014-0309-1.
  • Chui PYA and Ang PO (2010) Massive overgrow of coral recruits by barnacles in prolonged winter low temperature conditions, Hong Kong, China. Coral Reefs 29:1017.
  • Lee OO, Chui PY, Wong YH, Pawlik JR and Qian PY (2009) Evidence for vertical transmission of bacterial symbionts from adult to embryo in the Caribbean sponge Svenzea zeai. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75:6147-6156.

Research Grants

  • 2019-2022, Re-establishing coral communities in degraded sites in Hong Kong using sexually propagated corals, 2019 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, USD $150,000 (Principal Investigator)
  • 2019-2021, Impact of microplastics on life-history stages of hard corals. Environmental Conservation Fund, HK $1,697,000 (Co-investigator)
  • 2019-2010, Organophosphate Triesters and Diester in Coral Communities. State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution Seed Collaborative Fund, HK $300,000 (Co-investigator)

Teaching Grants

  • 2019-2020, Coral Academy - Learn about Coral Communities in Tung Ping Chau Marine Park. Subventions for Biodiversity Education 2019, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, HKD $139,931 (Principal Investigator)
  • 2018-19, Coral Academy - Learn about Hong Kong Coral Communities and Conservation. Subventions for Biodiversity Education 2018, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, HKD $90,593 (Principal Investigator)
  • 2016-2019, Establishment of Ubiquitous Learning in Teaching and Learning Science for Knowledge Integration (Chemistry and Life Science). Teaching Development Grants 2016-19 Triennium, HKD $5,001,500 (Co-investigator)
  • 2016-2019, Visual and Narrative Inquiry: An Integrated Learning Platform for Cross-disciplinary University General Education Courses. Teaching Development Grants 2016-19 Triennium, HKD $500,000 (Co-investigator)


  • PEW Fellowship in Marine Conservation 2019
  • GGEF Women Eco Game Changer Awards - Eco star of China 2019
  • Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award 2018, Faculty of Science, CUHK
  • Outstanding Teaching Performance for College General Education Course 2017-18, Shaw College, CUHK
  • Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award 2017, CUHK
  • Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education 2017, CUHK

Professional Activities

  • 2019 PEW Marine Fellow
  • 2019-2021, Country and Marine Parks Board Member
  • 2017-present, State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution Member


Invited Popular Science Lectures and Seminars (more than 50, Full list: http://hug.hk)

  • “Keep an eye out for Baby Corals”. Public Seminar on Marine Parks & Marine Ecological Resources, organized by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), 18 Aug 2019.
  • “Why marine ecological knowledge matters to photographer and videographer?”. Hong Kong Underwater Photo and Video Competition Kick-off Ceremony, organized by AFCD, 11 May 2019.
  • “Underwater world of corals.” Expert-led exploration in nature of Hong Kong - USSP 15th Anniversary Alumni Ecology Seminar Series, organized by Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong, 12 Jan 2019.
  • “Coral conservation in Hong Kong.” Conservation Talk, organized by Ocean Park Hong Kong, 13 Sep 2018.
  • “Are Hong Kong corals worth saving?”. Public Seminar on Marine Parks & Marine Ecological Resources, organized by AFCD, 13 Jul 2018.
  • “Nature’s rules: Winners always know how to equip themselves.” Hong Kong Wetland Park Public Lecture Series, 27 May 2018.
  • “Growing baby corals – A long term commitment to Hong Kong coral conservation.” HK Science Festival Public Seminar, organized by Hong Kong Science Museum, 22 Apr 2018.
  • “Amazing Hong Kong’s biodiversity: Marine and Terrestrial.” Public Seminar, organized by Conservation International, 26 Oct 2017.
  • “Hong Kong’s marine environments.” Popular Science Talk, organized by UNESCO Hong Kong Association-CEET, 26 Jul 2017.
  • “Hope for the future of corals?” A seminar on Hong Kong corals. Invited seminar, organized by Young Members Committee, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), 15 May 2017.
  • “Are Hong Kong corals worth saving?” The 13th Lau Oi Wah Memorial Science Lecture Series, organized by CUHK, 25 Feb 2017.
  • “The little secret of Hong Kong corals.” Public Seminar on Marine Parks & Marine Ecological Resources, organized by AFCD, 6 Aug 2016.
  • “The Story of Corals in Hong Kong.” Public Ocean Seminar 6, organized by Coastal Watch, WWFHK, 21 May 2016.
  • “Exploring our Cities beneath the Sea.” Biodiversity Public Lecture, organized by Hong Kong Wetland Park and AFCD, 17 Oct 2015.

Reef Check                                   

  • Team Scientist, Reef Check global survey of coral reefs in Hong Kong, 2009-present