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.
Liu, H., Nolla, H.A. and Campbell, L. (1997). Prochlorococcus growth rate and contribution to primary production in the equatorial and subtropical North Pacific Ocean. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 12: 39-47.
Liu, H., Suzuki, K. and Saino, T., (2002) Phytoplankton growth and microzooplankton grazing in the subarctic North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea during summer 1999. Deep-Sea Research I. 49(2):363-375.
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.
Chen, B., Liu, H*., (2010) Relationships between phytoplankton growth and cell size in surface oceans: Interactive effects of temperature, nutrients, and grazing. Limnol. Oceanogr. 55:965-972
Xia, X., Partensky, F., Garczarek, L., Suzuki, K., Guo, C., Cheung, S. Y., Liu, H.* (2017) Phylogeography and pigment type diversity of Synechococcus cyanobacteria in surface waters of the northwestern Pacific Ocean. Environ. Microbiol. 19:142-158. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.13541