Dr CHUI Pui Yi Apple


(Office): Rm 412A, Science Centre East Block
(Lab): Rm 117, Run Run Shaw Science Building

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


  • Research Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, CUHK
  • August 2016 - December 2020, 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

Full publication list - https://scholar.google.no/citations?hl=en&user=z7mWGNwAAAAJ

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 2021-2022, Provision of service for conducting a study on the biodiversity of ahermatypic Scleractinia in Hong Kong, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) (PI)
  • 2019-2022, Re-establishing coral communities in degraded sites in Hong Kong using sexually propagated corals, 2019 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation (PI)
  • 2019-2021, Impact of microplastics on life-history stages of hard corals. Environmental Conservation Fund (Co-I)
  • 2019-2010, Organophosphate Triesters and Diester in Coral Communities. State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution Seed Collaborative Fund (Co-I)

Teaching / Environmental Education Grants

  • 2020-2022, Enhancing students’ engagement and teaching effectiveness in marine environmental education using 360o Virtual Reality. Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant (TDLEG) 2019-22 Triennium (PI)
  • 2020-21, Provision of service for organising an education programme on coral conservation for local students in 2020/21, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) (PI)
  • 2020-21, Coral Academy - Learn about Coral Communities in Tung Ping Chau Marine Park. Subventions for Biodiversity Education 2020, AFCD (PI)
  • 2020-21, Provision of service for Designing a Manual for Setting up Standardized Coral Nursery Aquaria and Organizing an Educational Boat Trip for Demonstrating Coral Restoration, AFCD (PI)
  • 2019-2020, Coral Academy - Learn about Coral Communities in Tung Ping Chau Marine Park. Subventions for Biodiversity Education 2019, AFCD (PI)
  • 2019-2020, Provision of service for organising an education programme on coral conservation for local students, AFCD (PI)
  • 2018-19, Coral Academy - Learn about Hong Kong Coral Communities and Conservation. Subventions for Biodiversity Education 2018, AFCD (PI)
  • 2016-2019, Establishment of Ubiquitous Learning in Teaching and Learning Science for Knowledge Integration (Chemistry and Life Science). Teaching Development Grants 2016-19 Triennium (Co-I)
  • 2016-2019, Visual and Narrative Inquiry: An Integrated Learning Platform for Cross-disciplinary University General Education Courses. UGC Funding Scheme for Teaching and Learning Related Proposal in the 2016-19 Triennium (Co-I)


  • University Education Award 2020, CUHK
  • Finalist of the 2020 University Grants Committee Teaching Award
  • 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

  • 2021-2022, Environmental Campaign Committee Publicity Working Group
  • 2020-2022, Marine Fish Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee, AFCD
  • 2019 PEW Marine Fellow
  • 2019-2021, Country and Marine Parks Board Member, AFCD
  • 2017-present, State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution Member


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

  • Degradation and restoration of coral communities: Experience in a marginal coral environment, Hong Kong”. Annual Education Conference 2020/21, organized by Chung Chi College, CUHK, 6 Mar 2021.
  • Coral Restoration 101”. Expert Workshop, The Ocean Park STEAM Student Competition 2021, organized by The Ocean Park, 4 Feb 2021.
  • "《Coral Academy》A Journey to Coral Restoration”. Public Seminar on Marine Parks & Marine Ecological Resources, organized by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), 29 Aug 2020.
  • “Keep an eye out for Baby Corals”. Public Seminar on Marine Parks & Marine Ecological Resources, organized by 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.
  • “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.
  • “Are Hong Kong corals worth saving?” The 13th Lau Oi Wah Memorial Science Lecture Series, organized by CUHK, 25 Feb 2017.

Reef Check                                   

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