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Hongbin LIU

PhD University of Hawaii at Manoa

Email: liuhb@ust.hk

Phone: (852) 2358 7341 (office), (852) 2358 7347 (lab)

Research Laboratory Website : plankton-lab.ust.hk

Research Interests

Currently, my lab is conducting research to understand the factors that control microbial (with the emphasis of picoplankton and bacterioplankton) biomass, diversity, growth, mortality and physiological status in a variety of aquatic ecosystems. We focus on the Hong Kong coastal waters and the South China Sea, but also other parts of the world oceans through collaborations with scientists from China and around the world. We are also conducting researches addressing the environmental issues, such as harmful algal bloom and hypoxia in Hong Kong coastal waters.


Representative Publications

  1. Jing, H., Liu, H., Suzuki, K. (2009) Phylogenetic diversity of marine Synechococcus in the Sea of Okhotsk. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. (in press)
  2. Chen, B., Liu, H., Landry, M.R., Dai, M., Huang, B., Sun, J. (2009) Close coupling between phytoplankton growth and microzooplankton grazing in the western South China Sea. Limnol. Oceanogr. 54(4):1084-1097.
  3. Chen, B., Liu, H., Landry, M.R., Chen, M, Sun, J., Shek L., Chen, X., Harrison, P. J. (2009) Estuarine nutrient loading affects phytoplankton growth and microzooplankton grazing at two contrasting sites in Hong Kong coastal waters. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 379:77-90.
  4. Liu, W., Li, J., Gao, S., Shao, C., Gong, J., Lin, X., Liu, H., Song, W. (2009) Morphological studies and molecular data on a new marine ciliate, Apokeronopsis sinica n. sp. (Ciliophora: Urostylida), from the South China Sea. Zootaxa 2005:57-66.
  5. Jing, H., Zhang, R., Pointing, S.B., Liu, H., Qian, P. (2009) Genetic diversity and temporal variation of marine Synechococcus community in subtropical coastal waters of Hong Kong. Can. J. Microbiol. 55(3):311-318.
  6. Dagg, M. J., Strom, S., Liu, H. (2009) High feeding rates on large particles by Neocalanus flemingeri and N. plumchrus, and consequences for phytoplankton community structure in the subarctic Pacific Ocean. Deep-Sea Res. I 56:716-726.
  7. Liu, H., Suzuki, K., Nishioka, J., Sohrin, R., Nakatsuka, T. (2009) Phytoplankton growth and microzooplankton grazing in the Sea of Okhotsk during late summer of 2006. Deep-Sea Res. I 56: 561-570.
  8. Chen, B., Liu, H., Wang, Z. (2009) Trophic interactions within the microbial food web in the South China Sea revealed by size-fraction method. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 368: 59-66. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2008.10.012
  9. Dagg, M., Sato, R., Liu, H., Bianchi, T., Green, R., Powell, R. (2008) Microbial food web contributions to bottom water hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Cont. Shelf Res. 28:1127-1137.
  10. Harrison, P.J., Yin, K., Gan, J., Liu, H., Lee, J.H.W. (2008) Physical-biological coupling in the Pearl River Estuary. Cont. Shelf Res. 28: 1405-1415.
  11. Long, H., Liu, H., Liu, W., Miao, M., Hu, X., Lin, X., Song, W. (2008) Two new ciliates from Hong Kong coastal water: Orthodonella sinica n. sp. and Apokeronopsis wrighti n. sp. (Protozoa: Ciliophora). J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 55:321-330.
  12. Shen, Z., Lin, X., Long, H., Miao, M., Liu, H., Al-Rasheid, K. A. S., Song, W. (2008) Morphology and small subunit rDNA gene sequence of Pseudoamphisiella quadrinucleata n. sp. (Ciliophora, Urostylida) from the South China Sea. J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 55:510-514.
  13. Liu, H., Dagg, M. J., Napp, J., Sato, R. (2008) Grazing impact of Neocalanus spp. compared to other mesozooplankton in the coastal and shelf water of the Gulf of Alaska. ICES J. Mar. Sci. 65:351-360.
  14. Jing, H., Liu, H., Pointing, S.B. (2007) Identification and characterization of thermophilic Synechococcus spp. isolates from Asian geothermal springs. Can. J. Microbiol. 53(4):480-487.
  15. Liu, H., Chang, J., Tseng, C.-M., Wen, L.-S., Liu, K.-K. (2007) Seasonal variability of picoplankton in the northern South China Sea at the SEATS station. Deep-Sea Res. II 54:1602-1616.
  16. Liu, K.K., Chen, Y.-J., Tseng, C.-M., Lin, I-I, Liu, H.-B, Snidvongs, A. (2007) The significance of phytoplankton photo-adaptation and benthic-pelagic coupling to primary production in the South China Sea: Observations and numerical investigations. Deep-Sea Res. II 54: 1546-1574
  17. Dagg, M., Liu, H., Thomas, A. (2006) Effects of mesoscale phytoplankton variability on the copepods Neocalanus flemingeri and N. plumchrus in the coastal Gulf of Alaska. Deep-Sea Res. I 53:321-332.
  18. Dagg, M.J., Bianchi, T.S., Breed, G.A., Cai.,W-J., Duan, S., Liu, H., McKee, B.A., Powell, R.T.,  Stewart, C.M. (2005) Biogeochemical characteristics of the lower Mississippi River, USA, during June 2003. Estuaries 28:664-674
  19. Liu, H., Dagg. M.J., Strom, S. (2005) Grazing by the calanoid copepod Neocalanus cristatus on the microbial foodweb in the coastal Gulf of Alaska. J. Plankton Res. 27:647-662.
  20. Suzuki, K., Hinuma, A., Saito, H., Kiyosawa, H., Liu, H., Saino, T., Tsuda, A. (2005) Response of phytoplankton and heterotrophic bacteria in the northwest subarctic Pacific to in situ iron fertilization as estimated by HPLC pigment analysis and flow cytometry. Prog. Oceanogr. 64:167-187.
  21. Liu, H., Dagg, M.J., Wu, C.-J., Chiang, K.-P. (2005) Mesozooplankton consumption of microplankton in the Mississippi River plume, with special emphasis on planktonic ciliates. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 286:133-144.
  22. Liu, H., Dagg, M.J., Campbell, L., Urban-Rich, J. (2004) Picophytoplankton and bacterioplankton in the Mississippi River plume and adjacent waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Estuaries 27(1):147-156.
  23. Lawrence, D.J., Dagg, M.J., Liu, H., Cummings, S.R., Ortner, P.B., Kelble, C. (2004) Wind events and benthic-pelagic coupling in a shallow subtropical bay in Florida, USA. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 266:1-13.
  24. Liu, H., Suzuki, K., Saito, H. (2004) Community structure and dynamics of phytoplankton in the western subarctic Pacific Ocean – a synthesis. J. Oceanogr. 60:119-137.
  25. Liu, H., Buskey, E.J. (2003)  Effect of media N:P ratio on exopolymer secretion (EPS) of the brown tide-forming alga, Aureoumbra lagunensis. Plankton Biol. Ecol. 50:55-60.
  26. Liu, H., Dagg, M.J. (2003) Interactions between nutrients, phytoplankton growth, and micro- and mesozooplankton grazing in the plume of the Mississippi River. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 258:31-42.
  27. Liu, H., Suzuki, K., Saino, T., (2002) Phytoplankton growth and microzooplankton grazing in the subarctic North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea during summer 1999. Deep-Sea Res. I 49:363-375.
  28. Liu, H., Suzuki, K., Minami, C., Saino, T., Watanabe, M. (2002) Picoplankton community structure in the subarctic Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea during summer 1999. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 237:1-14.
  29. Suzuki, K. Minami, C., Liu, H., Saino, T., (2002) Temporal and spatial patterns of chemotaxonomic algal pigments in the subarctic Pacific and the Bering Sea during summer 1999. Deep-Sea Res. II 49:5685-5704.
  30. Liu, H., Imai, K., Suzuki, K., Nojiri, Y., Tsurushima, N., Saino, T., (2002) Seasonal variability of picophytoplankton and bacteria in the western subarctic Pacific Ocean at Station KNOT.  Deep-Sea Res. II 49:5409-5420.
  31. Suzuki, K., Liu, H., Saino, T., Obata, H., Takano, M., Okamura, K., Sohrin, Y., Fujishima, Y. (2002) East-west gradients in the photosynthetic potential of phytoplankton and iron concentration in the subarctic Pacific Ocean during early summer. Limnol. Oceanogr. 47:1581-1594.
  32. Liu, H., Laws, E.A., Villareal, T.A., Buskey, E.J. (2001) Nutrient-limited growth of Aureoumbra lagunensis, with implication for its capability to outgrow other phytoplankton species in phosphate-limited environments. J. Phycol. 37 (4):500-508
  33. Buskey, E.J., Liu, H., Collumb, C., Bersano J. (2001) The decline and recovery of a persistent Texas brown tide algal bloom in the Laguna Madre (Texas, USA). Estuaries 24: 337-346.
  34. Liu, H., Buskey, E.J. (2000)  Hypersalinity enhance exopolymer secretion (EPS) production of Texas brown tide alga, Aureoumbra lagunensis. J. Phycol. 35: 71-77.
  35. Garrison, D.L., Gowing, M.M., Hughes, M.P., Campbell, L., Caron, D.A., Dennett, M.R., Shalapyonok, A., Olson, R.J., Landry, M.R., Brown, S.L., Liu, H.-B., Azam, F., Steward, G.F., Ducklow, H.W., Smith, D.C. (2000) Microbial food web structure in the Arabian Sea: A US JGOFS study. Deep-Sea Res. II 47: 1387-1422.
  36. Liu, H., Buskey, E.J. (2000) The exopolymer secretion (EPS) layer surrounding Aureoumbra lagunensis cells affects growth, grazing and behavior of protozoa. Limnol. Oceanogr. 45: 1187-1191.
  37. Liu, H., Bidigare, R.R., Laws, E., Landry, M.R., Campbell, L. (1999) Cell cycle and physiological characteristics of Synechococcus (WH7803) in chemostat culture. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 189: 17-25.
  38. Liu, H., Landry, M.R., Vaulot, D., Campbell, L. (1999) Prochlorococcus growth rates in the central equatorial Pacific: an application of the fmax approach. J. Geophysic. Res, 104: 3391-3400.
  39. Campbell, L., Landry, M.R., Nolla, H.A., Constantinou, J., Brown, S.L., Liu, H., Caron, D.A. (1998) Response of microbial community structure to environmental forcing in the Arabian Sea. Deep-Sea Res. II 45: 2301-2326.
  40. Landry, M.R., Brown, S.L., Campbell, L., Constantinou, J., Liu, H. (1998) Spatial patterns in phytoplankton growth and microzooplankton grazing in the Arabian Sea during monsoon forcing. Deep-Sea Res. II 45: 2353-2366.
  41. Liu, H., Campbell, L., Landry, M.R., Nolla, H.A., Brown, S.L., Constantinou, J. (1998) Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus growth rates and contributions to production in the Arabian Sea during the 1995 Southwest and Northeast Monsoons. Deep-Sea Res. II 45: 2327-2352.
  42. Campbell, L., Liu, H., Nolla, H.A., Vaulot, D. (1997). Annual variability of picoplankton in the subtropical North Pacific Ocean at Station ALOHA.  Deep-Sea Res. 44: 167-192
  43. Liu, H., Campbell, L., Nolla, H.A. (1997). Prochlorococcus growth rate and contribution to primary production in the equatorial and subtropical North Pacific Ocean. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 12: 39-47.
  44. Liu, H., Campbell, L., Landry, M.L. (1995). Growth and mortality rates of Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus measured with a selective inhibitor technique.  Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 116: 277-287.


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