Professor LEE Shing Yip Joe


(Office): Rm 102A, Simon F.S. Li Marine Science Laboratory
(Lab): Rm 102, Simon F.S. Li Marine Science Laboratory

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1982           BSc (Hons), The University of Hong Kong
1985 MPhil, The University of Hong Kong
1988 PhD, The University of Hong Kong
1991 CBiol
2004 CEnv
2009 FRSB


  • 2017 to date: Professor, School of Life Sciences and Earth System Science
  • 1997-2017: Griffith University, Australia (Lecturer – Professor)
  • 1989-1997: The University of Hong Kong (Lecturer – Associate Professor)

Research Interests

  • Ecology and biogeochemistry of estuarine wetlands such as mangroves and saltmarshes
  • Application of stable isotopes in marine environmental research
  • Marine ecosystem dynamics, rehabilitation and restoration 

Representative Publications

Selected Recent Publications (2014 - ):

  • Kristensen, E., Lee, S.Y., Mangion, P., Quintana, C.O., Valdemarsen, T. 2017. Trophic fractionation of stable isotopes and food source partitioning by leaf-eating crabs in mangrove environments. Limnology and Oceanography DOI: 10.1002/lno.10553
  • Henderson, C.J., Olds, A., Lee, S.Y., Gilby, B.L., Maxwell, P.S., Connolly, R.M. and Stevens, T.F. 2017. Marine reserves and seascape context shape fish assemblages in seagrass. Marine Ecology Progress Series 566:135-144.
  • Kamal, S., Warnken, J., Bakhtiyari, M., Lee, S.Y. 2017. Sediment distribution in shallow estuaries at fine scale: in situ evidence of 3D structural complexity effects by mangrove pneumatophores. Hydrobiologia DOI: 10.1007/s10750-017-3178-3
  • Lee, S.Y., Khim, J.-S. 2017. Hard science is essential to restoring soft-sediment intertidal habitats in East Asia. Chemosphere 168 :765-776
  • Ouyang, X., Lee, S.Y., Connolly, R.M. 2017. Structural equation modelling unravels factors regulating sediment carbon stock and CO2 flux in a subtropical mangrove. Science of the Total Environment 578 :513-522
  • Lee, S.Y. 2016. From blue to black: anthropogenic forcing of carbon and nitrogen influx in mangrove-lined estuaries in the South China Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin 109:682-690.
  • Bui, H., Lee, S.Y. 2015. Endogenous cellulase production in the leaf litter foraging mangrove crab, Parasesarma erythodactyla. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B. 179 :27-36
  • Kamal, S., Lee, S.Y., Warnken, J. 2014. Investigating three-dimensional meso-scale habitat complexity and its ecological implications using low-cost RGB-D sensor technology. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5:845-853.– featured on journal web page and blog+video; ‘Editor’s pick’, short-listed for the Robert May prize in Ecology).
  • Ouyang, X., Lee, S.Y. 2014. Updated estimates of carbon accumulation rates in coastal marsh sediments. Biogeosciences 11: 5057-5071. 

Research Grants

(2014 - ):

  • Securing mangrove ecosystem services from restored mangroves – lessons from the managed Matang forests, Malaysia. IRU-MRUN Collaborative Grant
  • The seasonal dynamics of persistent organic pollutants in coastal Antarctic waters from a coupled, vertically resolved fugacity food web model. Australia Antarctic Science Program
  • Marine and Coastal Carbon Biogeochemistry Cluster. CSIRO Cluster Collaboration Fund Cluster. 



  • Inaugural John Swire Scholarship in Wetland Ecology, WWFHK
  • Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Wales, UK
  • Chartered Fellow, Royal Society of Biology, UK
  • Chartered Environmentalist, Society for Environment, UK

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Mangrove Specialist Group, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Editorial Board, Ocean Science Journal, Springer
  • Academic Editor, PLoS One
  • Member, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, UK