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Wen-Xiong WANG

PhD Coastal Oceanography. State University of New York at Stony Brook
Chair Professor

Email: wwang@ust.hk

Trace Metal Ecotoxicology and Biogeochemistry Laboratory

Research Interests
  1. Metal biogeochemistry and ecotoxicology
  2. Marine pollution
  3. Physiological ecology of aquatic organisms
  4. Harmful algal bloom

The overall research program in Dr. Wang's lab is the understanding of trace metal-biota interaction in the aquatic environments (both marine and freshwater systems). Many trace metals are biologically essential but can be toxic at elevated concentrations. The research emphasizes on the multidisciplinary studies, including ecotoxicology, physiology, biogeochemistry, environmental sciences, biological and chemical oceanography, and mathematical modeling. The researches are herein categorized into different fields, each with several representative publications from the lab in recent years.

Representative Publications

1. Trace metal biology and biomonitoring: biological controls on trace metal uptake and its implication in the biomonitoring programs.

Wang WX , Fisher NS (1999) Assimilation efficiencies of chemical contaminants in aquatic invertebrates: A synthesis. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 18: 2034-2045.

Wang WX , Dei RCH (1999) Factors affecting trace element uptake in the black mussel Septifer virgatus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 186: 161-172.

Chong K, Wang WX (2000) Assimilation of Cd, Cr, and Zn by the green mussel Perna viridis and the clam Ruditapes philippinarum. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 19: 1660-1667.

Xu Y, Wang WX , Hsieh DPH (2001) Influences of metal concentration in phytoplankton and seawater on metal assimilation and elimination in marine copepods. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 20: 1067-1077.

Wang WX (2001) Comparison of metal uptake rate and absorption efficiency in marine bivalves. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 20: 1367-1373

Wang WX (2002) Aqueous uptake and exposure of Cd and Se by the green mussels (Perna viridis): influences of seston quantity. Marine Ecology Progress Series.

Blackmore G, Wang W-X (2002) Uptake and efflux of Cd and Zn by the green mussel Perna viridis after metal preexposure. Environmental Science and Technology 36:


2. Trace metal ecotoxicology: trophic transfer and biomagnification of metals in aquatic food webs.

Wang WX , Qiu JW, Qian PY (1999) The trophic transfer of Cd, Cr, and Se in barnacle Balanus amphitrite from planktonic preys. Marine Ecology Progress Series 187: 191-201.

Wang WX , Qiu JW, Qian PY (1999) Significance of trophic transfer in predicting the high concentration of zinc in barnacles. Environmental Science and Technology 33: 2905-2909.

Wang WX , Rainbow PS (2000) Dietary uptake of Cd, Cr, and Zn in the barnacle Balanus trigonus: influence of diet composition. Marine Ecology Progress Series 204: 159-168.

Wang WX , Ke CH, Yu KN, Lam PKS (2000) Modeling the bioaccumulation of radiocesium in a marine food chain. Marine Ecology Progress Series 208: 41-50.

Xu Y, Wang WX (2001) Individual responses of metal assimilation and regeneration by copepod Calanus sinicus to changes in food quantity. Marine Ecology Progress Series 218: 227-238.

Qiu JW, Qian PY, Wang WX (2001) Contribution of dietary bacteria to metal accumulation in a marine limpet. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 25: 151-161.

Zhao X, Wang WX , Yu KN, Lam PKS (2001) Biomagnification of radiocesium in a top marine fish predator. Marine Ecology Progress Series 222: 227-237.

Wang WX , Ke C (2002) Dominance of dietary intake of cadmium and zinc by two marine predatory gastropods. Aquatic Toxicology 56: 153-165

Xu Y, Wang WX (2002) The assimilation of detritus-bound metals by marine copepod Acartia spinicauda. Limnology and Oceanography 47:

Yu R-Q, Wang WX (2002) Trace metal assimilation, regeneration and release budget in Daphnia magna. Limnology and Oceanography 47:


3. Metal bioavailability from contaminated sediments: physiological and geochemical controls on metal bioavailability from contaminated sediment.

Wang WX , Stupakoff I, Gagnon C, Fisher NS (1998) Bioavailability of inorganic and methylmercury to a marine deposit-feeding polychaete. Environmental Science and Technology 32: 2564-2571.

Wang WX , Stupakoff I, Fisher NS (1999) Bioavailability of dissolved and sediment-bound metals to a marine deposit-feeding polychaete. Marine Ecology Progress Series 178: 281-293.

Chong I, Wang WX (2000) Assimilation of sediment-bound Cd, Cr, and Zn in the green mussel Perna viridis and the Manila clam Ruditapes philippinarum. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 255: 75-92.

Fan WH, Wang WX (2001) Sediment geochemical control on Cd, Cr, and Zn assimilation by the clam Ruditapes philippinarum. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 20: 2309-2317.

Yan QL, Wang WX (2002) Metal exposure and bioavailability to a marine deposit-feeding sipuncula Sipunculus nudus. Environmental Science and Technology 36: 40-47.

Fan W, Wang WX , Chen J, Li X, Yen Y (2002) Cu, Ni, and Pb speciation in surface sediments from a contaminated bay of Northern China. Marine Pollution Bulletin


4. Macronutrient and metal biogeochemistry in marine plankton: roles of macronutrient on metal biological cycling in the marine environments.

Wang WX , Dei RCH (2001) Influences of phosphate and silicate on Cr(VI) and Se(IV) accumulation in marine phytoplankton. Aquatic Toxicology 52: 39-47.

Wang WX , Dei RCH (2001). Metal uptake in a coastal diatom influenced by major nutrients (N, P, Si). Water Research 35: 315-321.

Wang WX , Dei RCH (2001) Effects of major nutrient additions on metal uptake in phytoplankton. Environmental Pollution 111: 233-240.

Wang WX , Dei RCH, Xu Y (2001) Cadmium uptake and trophic transfer in coastal plankton under contrasting nitrogen regimes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 211: 293-298.

Wang WX , Dei RCH (2001). Biological uptake and assimilation of iron by marine plankton: influences of macronutrients. Marine Chemistry 74: 213-226

Wang WX , Dei RCH, Xu Y (2001) The responses of Zn assimilation by coastal plankton to macronutrients. Limnology and Oceanography 46: 1524-1534.


5. Significance of natural colloids in metal biogeochemistry in the ocean: roles of natural colloids in controlling metal bioavailability to aquatic organisms.

Wang WX , Guo L (2000) Bioavailability of colloidal-bound Cd, Cr, and Zn to marine plankton. Marine Ecology Progress Series 202: 41-49.

Wang WX , Guo L (2000). Influences of natural colloids on metal bioavailability to two marine bivalves. Environmental Science and Technology 34: 4571-4576.

Wang WX , Guo L (2001) Production of colloidal organic carbon and trace metals by phytoplankton decomposition. Limnology and Oceanography 46: 178-186..

Chen M, Wang WX (2001) Bioavailability of natural colloidal Fe to marine plankton: influence of colloidal size and aging. Limnology and Oceanography 46: 1956-1967.


6. Interaction of marine herbivores and harmful algal bloom: influence of harmful algal bloom on the physiological ecology of marine suspension feeders, and conversely, the controls of marine suspension feeders on harmful algal bloom.

Li SC, Wang WX (2001) Radiotracer studies on the feeding of two marine bivalves on toxic and non-toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamarense. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 263: 65-75.

Li SC, Wang WX , Hsieh DPH (2001) Feeding and absorption of toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamarense by two marine bivalves in Southern China. Marine Biology 139: 617-624.

Liu S, Wang WX (2002) Feeding and reproductive responses of two marine copepods (Calanus sinicus and Paracalanus crissirostris) to toxic and nontoxic dinoflagellates and diatoms. Marine Biology

Li SC, Wang WX , Hsieh DPH (2002) Effects of toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamarense on the growth and energetic budgets of two marine bivalves. Marine Environmental Research 53: 145-160.


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