PROF. QIU, Jianwen (邱建文)


M.Sc. (First Institute of Oceanography, SOA)
B.Sc. (Hons.) (Shandong College of Oceanology)

Researcher Assistant / Postgraduate Student (Coral Biology)

  • We are seeking a postgraduate student / RA to study the biology of corals and coral eating nudibranchs.
  • He/She will be responsible for conducting experiments, analyzing data, keeping good laboratory records and preparing research findings for publication.
  • Applicants should have a good publication record in marine biology with experience in molecular techniques. Good command of English and Chinese is essential.
  • For the RA, salary will be commensurate with qualification and experience and initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract of one year. Reappointment thereafter is subject to mutual agreement and availability of funding.
  • For the postgraduate (PhD/MPhil) student, standard studentship will be provided to cover living expenses and tuition. Tuition fee for local postgraduate students are covered by UGC.

  • Deep-sea Biodiversity and Population Connectivity
  • Shallow-water Biodiversity and Ecology
  • Application of Genomic and Proteomic Tools in Non-model Organisms


  1. Evolution and adaptation of life in cold seep systems. National Key R & D Program of China. 1/8/2018 to 31/12/2021.
  2. The South China Sea and beyond: A genome-wide phylogeographical study of macrobenthos in the chemosynthesis-based ecosystems of the subtropical to temperate Northwestern Pacific Ocean. GRF Hong Kong (12302917). 09/2017-08/2020.
  3. Biodiversity and protection assessment in the u-shaped ocean ridge hydrothermal vent systems. China Ocean Mineral Resources R & D Association. 1/7/2018-31/12/2020.
  4. Bleaching in subtropical corals of the northern South China Sea: differential susceptibility to environmental stressors and molecular mechanisms. GRF Hong Kong (12102018). 1/9/2018-31/8/2020.
  5. Thermal and salinity thresholds of bleaching in Hong Kong corals. ECF Hong Kong (ECF 2017-03). 1/6/2018 to 31/5/2020.
  6. Coral bleaching: Molecular mechanisms and early warning biomarkers. Source: Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Commission. Duration: 27/05/2017-31/05/2019. PI: J.W. Qiu, Co-Is: Baohua Xiao (Guangdong Ocean University, China)
  7. Divergence of perivitelline fluid proteins in association with the change in egg deposition environment in apple snails: A transcriptomic and proteomic approach. Source: GRF Hong Kong (HKBU 12301415). Duration: 01/2016-12/2018. PI: J.W. Qiu, Co-Is: Ka Hou Chu (CUHK), Horacio Heras (Argentina)
  8. Ecology and biodiversity of benthic marine ecosystems before and after the trawling ban in Hong Kong coastal waters (HKU5/CRF/12G). Duration: 01/2014-12/2017. PC: Kenneth Leung, HKU; Co-PIs: William Cheung (UBC), Chu Ka Hou (CUHK), Xiang Dong Li (PolyU), Yvonne Sadovy (HKU), Paul Lam (CityU), David Dudgeon (HKU), Gray Williams (HKU), Wai Keung Li (HKU), J.W. Qiu (HKBU).
  9. Field experiments on coral bioerosion. Source: ECF Hong Kong (ECF 2015-84). Duration: 6/2016-5/2018. PI: J.W. Qiu
  10. Marine genomics: crustacean evolution and aquaculture (C5002-14G). Duration 01/2015-12/2018. PC: Ka Hou Chu (CUHK), Co-PIs: J.W. Qiu (HKBU), and 5 other researchers from CUHK, HKU and HKBU.
  11. Mechanistic study on the organotin-mediated imposex in the rock shell Thais clavigera using RNA-sequencing analysis (HKU 771212M). Duration: 1/1/2013-31/12/2015. PI: Kenneth Leung, HKU; CoI: J.W. Qiu
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  1. 2017-2018. “Provision of consultancy services to conduct a study in coral bleaching and bioerosion in Hong Kong”. Source: Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong SAR Government.
  2. 2010-2016. “Identification of marine animals collected from Mai Po Ramsar Site” for Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

REFEREED JOURNAL PAPERS (* = corresponding author; advisee underlined)

  1. Zhi Wang, Yanjie Zhang, Yang James Xie, Jian-Wen Qiu* (2019) Two species of fireworms (Annelida: Amphinomidae: Chloeia) from Hong Kong. Zoological Studies 58:22.
  2. Jin Sun, Huawei Mu, Jack CH Ip, Runsheng Li, Ting Xu, Alice Accorsi, Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Eric Ross, Yi Lan, Yanan Sun, Alfredo Castro-Vazquez, Israel A Vega, Horacio Heras, Santiago Ituarte, Bert Van Bocxlaer, Kenneth A Hayes, Robert H Cowie, Zhongying Zhao, Yu Zhang*, Pei-Yuan Qian*, Jian-Wen Qiu* (2019) Signatures of Divergence, Invasiveness, and Terrestrialization Revealed by Four Apple Snail Genomes. Molecular Biology and Evolution 36(7):1507-1520.
  3. Li Lin, Mingzhi Xu, Huawei Mu, Wenwen Wang, Jin Sun, Jing He, Jian-Wen Qiu, Tiangang Luan* (2019) Quantitative Proteomic Analysis to Understand the Mechanisms of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticle Toxicity to Daphnia pulex (Crustacea: Daphniidae): Comparing with Bulk Zinc Oxide and Zinc Salt. Environmental Science & Technology 53(9):5436-5444.
  4. Ting Xu, Dong Feng, Jun Tao, Jian-Wen Qiu* (2019) A new species of deep-sea mussel (Bivalvia: Mytilidae: Gigantidas) from the South China Sea: Morphology, phylogenetic position, and gill-associated microbes. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 146:79-90.
  5. Santiago Ituarte, Tabata Romina Brola, Marcos Sebastián Dreon, Jin Sun, Jian-Wen Qiu, Horacio Heras* (2019) Non-digestible proteins and protease inhibitors: implications for defense of the colored eggs of the freshwater apple snail Pomacea canaliculata. Canadian Journal of Zoology 97(6):558-566.
  6. Jack CH Ip, Huawei Mu, Yanjie Zhang, Jin Sun, Horacio Heras, Ka Hou Chu, Jian-Wen Qiu* (2019) Understanding the transition from water to land: insights from multi-omic analyses of the perivitelline fluid of apple snail eggs. Journal of Proteomics 194:79-88.
  7. Ting Xu, Jin Sun, Hiromi K Watanabe, Chong Chen, Masako Nakamura, Rubao Ji, Dong Feng, Jia Lv, Shi Wang, Zhenmin Bao, Pei‐Yuan Qian, Jian‐Wen Qiu* (2018) Population genetic structure of the deep‐sea mussel Bathymodiolus platifrons (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) in the Northwest Pacific. Evolutionary Applications 11(10):1915-1930.
  8. Yi Lan, Jin Sun, Ting Xu, Chong Chen, Renmao Tian, Jian-Wen Qiu, Pei-Yuan Qian* (2018) De novo transcriptome assembly and positive selection analysis of an individual deep-sea fish. BMC Genomics 19(1):394.
  9. Jack CH Ip, Huawei Mu, Qian Chen, Jin Sun, Santiago Ituarte, Horacio Heras, Bert Van Bocxlaer, Monthon Ganmanee, Xin Huang, Jian-Wen Qiu* (2018) AmpuBase: a transcriptome database for eight species of apple snails (Gastropoda: Ampullariidae). BMC Genomics 19(1):179.
  10. Zhi Wang, Yanjie Zhang, Jian-Wen Qiu* (2018) A New Species in the Marphysa sanguinea Complex (Annelida, Eunicidae) from Hong Kong. Zoological Studies 57:48.
  11. Dong Feng, Jian-Wen Qiu, Yu Hu, Jörn Peckmann, Hongxiang Guan, Hongpeng Tong, Chong Chen, Jiangxin Chen, Shanggui Gong, Niu Li, Duofu Chen (2018) Cold seep systems in the South China Sea: An overview. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 168:3-16.
  12. Zhenkui Qin, Yanjie Zhang, Huawei Mu, Zhifeng Zhang*, Jian‐Wen Qiu* (2018) The Sperm Proteome of the Echiuran Urechis unicinctus (Annelida, Echiura). Proteomics 18(16): 1800107
  13. Yanjie Zhang, Jin Sun, Greg W Rouse, Helena Wiklund, Fredrik Pleijel, Hiromi K Watanabe, Chong Chen, Pei-Yuan Qian, Jian-Wen Qiu* (2018) Phylogeny, evolution and mitochondrial gene order rearrangement in scale worms (Aphroditiformia, Annelida). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 125:220-231.
  14. Yuefei Ruan, Xiaohua Zhang, Jian-Wen Qiu, Kenneth MY Leung, James CW Lam*, Paul KS Lam* (2018) Stereoisomer-Specific Trophodynamics of the Chiral Brominated Flame Retardants HBCD and TBECH in a Marine Food Web, with Implications for Human Exposure. Environmental Science & Technology 52(15): 8183-8193.
  15. Santiago Ituarte, Tabata Romina Brola, Patricia Elena Fernández, Huawei Mu, Jian-Wen Qiu, Horacio Heras, Marcos Sebastián Dreon* (2018) A lectin of a non-invasive apple snail as an egg defense against predation alters the rat gut morphophysiology. Plos One 6: e0198361
  16. Yuzhi Wu, Jian-Wen Qiu, Pei-Yuan Qian, Yong Wang* (2018) The vertical distribution of prokaryotes in the surface sediment of Jiaolong cold seep at the northern South China Sea. Extremophiles 22: 499-510.
  17. Yanjie Zhang, Chong Chen, Jian-Wen Qiu* (2018) Sexually Dimorphic Scale Worms (Annelida: Polynoidae) From Hydrothermal Vents in the Okinawa Trough: Two New Species and Two New Sex Morphs. Frontiers in Marine Science 5: 112.
  18. Dong Feng*, Jörn Peckmann, Niu Li, Steffen Kiel, Jian-Wen Qiu, Qianyong Liang, Robert S Carney, Yongbo Peng, Jun Tao, Duofu Chen (2018) The stable isotope fingerprint of chemosymbiosis in the shell organic matrix of seep-dwelling bivalves. Chemical Geology 479: 241-250.
  19. Huawei Mu, Jin Sun, Siu Gin Cheung, Ling Fang, Haiyun Zhou, Tiangang Luan, Huoming Zhang, Chris KC Wong, Jian-Wen Qiu* (2018) Comparative proteomics and codon substitution analysis reveal mechanisms of differential resistance to hypoxia in congeneric snails. Journal of Proteomics 172: 36-38.
  20. Zhi Wang, Jian-Wen Qiu, Sergio I Salazar-Vallejo* (2018) Redescription of Leocrates chinensis Kinberg, 1866 (Annelida, Hesionidae). Zoological Studies 57(5):1-11.
  21. Lin Cai, Ren-Mao Tian, Guowei Zhou, Haoya Tong, Yue Him Wong, Weipeng Zhang, Apple Pui Yi Chui, James Y Xie, Jian-Wen Qiu, Put O Ang, Sheng Liu, Hui Huang, Pei-Yuan Qian* (2018) Exploring coral microbiome assemblages in the South China Sea. Scientific Reports 8(1):2428.
  22. Yanan Sun, Qianyong Liang, Jin Sun, Yi Yang, Jun Tao, Jinqiang Liang, Dong Feng, Jian-Wen Qiu, Pei-Yuan Qian* (2018) The mitochondrial genome of the deep-sea tubeworm Paraescarpia echinospica (Siboglinidae, Annelida) and its phylogenetic implications. Mitochondrial DNA Part B 391): 131-132.
  23. Chen C*, Okutani T, Liang Q, Qiu JW (2018) A noteworthy new species of the family Vesicomyidae from the South China Sea (Bivalvia: Glossoidea). Venus 76: 29-37.
  24. Mu H, Sun J, Heras H, Chu KH, Qiu JW* (2017) Dataset for the proteomic and transcriptomic analyses of perivitelline fluid proteins in Pomacea snail eggs. Data in Brief 15: 203-207.
  25. Zeng X, Yiu WC, Cheung KH, Yip HY, Nong W, He P, Yuan D, Rollinson D, Qiu JW, Fung MC, Wu Z, Hui ZHL (2017) Distribution and current infection status of Biomphalaria straminea in Hong Kong. Parasites & Vectors 10 (1): 351.
  26. Zhang Y, Sun J, Mu H, Lun JC, Qiu JW* (2017) Molecular pathology of skeletal growth anomalies in the brain coral Platygyra carnosa: A meta-transcriptomic analysis. Marine Pollution Bulletin 124(2):660-667.
  27. Xie JY, Lau DC, Kei K, Yu VP, Chow WK*, Qiu JW* (2017) The 2014 summer coral bleaching event in subtropical Hong Kong. Marine Pollution Bulletin 124(2):653-659.
  28. Wang Z, Leung KMY, Li X, Zhang T, Qiu JW* (2017) Macrobenthic communities in Hong Kong waters: Comparison between 2001 and 2012 and potential link to pollution control. Marine Pollution Bulletin 124(2):694-700.
  29. Pasquevich MY, Dreon MS, Qiu JW, Mu H, Heras H (2017) Convergent evolution of plant and animal embryo defences by hyperstable non-digestible storage proteins. Scientific Reports 7, 1, 15848.
  30. Cai L, Zhou G, Tian RM, Tong H, Zhang W, Sun J, Ding W, Wong YH, Xie JYQiu JW, Liu S, Huang H*, Qian PY* (2017) Metagenomic analysis reveals a green sulfur bacterium as a potential coral symbiont. Scientific Reports7, 9320.
  31. Zhang J, Qiu JW*(2017) A new species of Pectinaria (Annelida, Pectinariidae), with a key to pectinariids from the South China Sea. Zookeys 683:139-150.
  32. Lan Y, Sun J, Tian R, Bartlett DH, Li R, Wong YH, Zhang W, Qiu JWXu T, He LS, Tabata HG, Qian PY* (2017) Molecular adaptation in the world’s deepest-living animal: Insights from transcriptome sequencing of the hadal amphipod Hirondellea gigasMolecular Ecology26:3732-3743.
  33. Wang Z, Leung KMY, Li X, Zhang T, Qiu JW*(2017) Macrobenthic communities in Hong Kong waters: Comparison between 2001 and 2012 and potential link to pollution control. Marine Pollution Bulletin doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.04.026.
  34. Zhang Y, Sun J, Chen C, Watanabe HK, Feng D, Zhang Y, Chiu JMY, Qian PY*, Qiu JW*(2017) Adaptation and evolution of deep-sea scale worms (Annelida: Polynoidae): insights from transcriptome comparison with a shallow-water species. Scientific Reports 7: 46205.
  35. Xie JY, Lau DC, Kei K, Yu VP, Chow WK*, Qiu JW*(2017) The 2014 summer coral bleaching event in subtropical Hong Kong. Marine Pollution Bulletin 124(2):653-659.
  36. Sun J, Zhang Y, Xu TZhang YMu H, Zhang Y, Lan Y, Fields CJ, Hui JHL, Zhang W, Li R, Nong W, Cheung FKM, Qiu JW*, Qian PY* (2017) Adaptation to deep-sea chemosynthetic environments as revealed by mussel genomes. Nature Ecology and Evolution1(5):121.
  37. Zhang Y, Sun J, Mu H, Lun JC, Qiu JW*(2017) Molecular pathology of skeletal growth anomalies in the brain coral Platygyra carnosa: A meta-transcriptomic analysis. Marine Pollution Bulletin doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.03.047.
  38. Zeng L, Lam JC, Horii Y, Li X, Chen W, Qiu JW, Leung KM, Yamazaki E, Yamashita N, Lam PK (2017) Spatial and temporal trends of short- and medium-chain chlorinated paraffins in sediments off the urbanized coastal zones in China and Japan: A comparison study. Environmental Pollution224: 357-367.
  39. Mu H, Sun J, Heras H, Chu KH, Qiu JW*(2017) An integrated proteomic and transcriptomic analysis of perivitelline fluid proteins in a freshwater gastropod laying aerial eggs. Journal of Proteomics 155:22-30.
  40. Zhang J, Zhang Y, Osborn K, Qiu JW*(2017) Description of a new species of Eulepethus (Annelida, Eulepethidae) from the northern South China Sea, and comments on the phylogeny of the family. Zootaxa 4226(4):581-591.
  41. Xu TSun J, Lv J, Watanabe HK, Li T, Zou W, Rouse GW, Wang S, Qian PY*, Bao Z*, Qiu JW*(2016) Genome-wide discovery of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and single nucleotide variants (SNVs) in deep-sea mussels: Potential use in population genomics and cross-species application. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 137:318-326.
  42. Guo F, Li B, Yang Y, Deng Y, Qiu JW, Li X, Leung K, Zhang T* (2016) Impacts of human activities on distributions of sulfate reducing prokaryotes and antibiotic resistance genes in marine coastal sediments of Hong Kong. FEMS Microbiology EcologyDOI: fiw128
  43. Urriago JDWong JCY, Dumont CP, Qiu JW*(2016) Reproduction of the short-spined sea urchin Heliocidaris crassispina (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) in Hong Kong with a subtropical climate. Regional Studies in Marine Science 8:445-453.
  44. Wong JCY, Thompson P, Xie JY, Qiu JW, Baker MD* (2016) Symbiodinium clade C generality among common scleractinian corals in subtropical Hong Kong. Regional Studies in Marine Science8:439-444.
  45. Zhang LY, Chung SS*, Qiu JW. Ecological carrying capacity assessment of diving site: A case study of Mabul Island, Malaysia. Journal of Environmental Management183: 253-259.
  46. Xie JYWong CY, Dumont CP, Goodkin N, Qiu JW*(2016) Borehole density on the surface of living Porites corals as an indicator of sedimentation in Hong Kong. Marine Pollution Bulletin 108(1-2):87-93.
  47. Ip JCH, Leung PTY, Ho KKY, Qiu JW, Leung KMY* (2016) De novo transcriptome assembly of the marine gastropod Reishia clavigerafor supporting toxic mechanism studies. Aquatic Toxicology 178: 39-48.
  48. Zhang YSun J, Li X, Qiu, JW*(2016) The mitochondrial genome of the deep-sea glass sponge Lophophysema eversa (Porifera, Hexacinellida, Hyalonematidae). Mitochondrial DNA Part A 27(2): 1273-1274
  49. Tian RM, Jin Sun, Cai L, Zhang WP, Zhou GW, Qiu JW, Qian PY* (2016) The deep-sea glass sponge Lophophysema eversaharbors potential symbionts responsible for the nutrient conversions of carbon, nitrogen and sulfur. Environmental Microbiology 18(8):2481-2494.
  50. Gong L, Li X*, Qiu JW(2015) Two new species of Hexactinellida (Porifera) from the South China Sea. Zootaxa 4034(1):182-192
  51. Tse WKF, Sun J, Zhang H, Lai PK, Gu J, Law AYS, Yeung BHY, Chow SC, Qiu JW, Wong CKC* (2015) Data for transcriptomic and iTRAQ proteomic analysis of Anguilla japonica gills in response to osmotic stress. Data in Brief3:120-125
  52. Zhang LY, Qiu JW, Chung SS* (2015) Assessing perceived crowding of diving sites in Hong Kong. Ocean & Coastal Management116: 177 – 184
  53. Feng D*, Cheng M, Kiel S, Qiu JW, Yang Q, Zhou H, Peng Y, Chen D (2015) Using Bathymodiolus tissue stable carbon, nitrogen and sulfur isotopes to infer biogeochemical process at a cold seep in the South China Sea. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers104: 52-59
  54. Mu HSun J, Fang L, Luan T, Williams GA, Cheung SG, Wong CKC, Qiu JW*(2015) Genetic basis of differential heat resistance between two species of congeneric freshwater snails: Insights from quantitative proteomics and base substitution rate analysis. Journal of Proteome Research 14(10):4296-308
  55. Hayes KA, Burks RL, Castro-Vazquez A, Darby PC, Heras H, Martín PR, Qiu JW, Thiengo SC, Vega IA, Wada T, Yusa Y, Burela S, Cadierno MP, Cueto JA, Dellagnola FA, Dreon MS, Frassa MV, Giraud-Billoud M, Godoy MS, Ituarte S, Koch E, Matsukura K, Pasquevich MY, Rodriguez C, Saveanu L, Seuffert ME, Strong EE, Sun J, Tamburi NE, Tiecher MJ, Turner RL, Valentine-Darby PL, Cowie RH (2015) Insights from an integrated view of the biology of apple snails (Caenogastropoda: Ampullariidae). Malacologia58:245–302.
  56. Zhang Y, Rouse GW, Qiu JW*(2015) A new species of Mesochaetopterus (Annelida, Chaetopteridae) from Hong Kong, with comments on the phylogeny of the family. Zootaxa 3974(4): 495-506
  57. Zhang J, Zhang YQiu JW*(2015) A new species of Amphictene (Annelida, Pectinariidae) from the northern South China Sea. Zookeys 545:27-36.
  58. Bi Y, Zhang B, Zhang Z*, Qiu JW*(2015) Seasonal gametogenesis of host sea anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor) inhabiting Hong Kong waters. Journal of Ocean University of China, 14: 143-148.
  59. Lee KMXie JYSun YKei KQiu JW*(2015) Four dense assemblages of the bulb-tentacle sea anemone Entacmaea quadricolor and associated clownfish in Hong Kong. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 95: 63-68
  60. Xu TSun J, Chen C, Qian PY, Qiu JW*(2015) The mitochondrial genome of the deep-sea snail Provanna (Gastropoda: Provannidae). Mitochondrial DNA 0: 1-2
  61. Wang M, Li Z, Ganmanee M, Xie JYUrriago JDQiu JW*(2014) Polymorphic microsatellite markers in the long-spined sea urchin Diadema setosumConservation Genetics Resources 6 (4): 983-985
  62. Gong L, Li X*, Qiu JW (2014) A new species of Lophophysema(Porifera, Hexactinellida, Hyalonematidae) from the South China Sea. Zootaxa: 3884 (6): 553-560
  63. Wu F, Lin L, Qiu JW, Chen H, Weng S, Luan T* (2014) Complex effects of two presumably antagonistic endocrine disrupting compounds on the goldfish Carassius aumtus: A comprehensive study with multiple toxicological endpoints. Aquatic Toxicology155: 43-51
  64. Sun YQiu JW*(2014) A new species of Chaetopterus (Annelida, Chaetopteridae) from Hong Kong. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 71:303-309
  65. Leung PTY, Ip JCH, Mak SST, Qiu JW, Lam PKS, Wong CKC, Chan LL, Leung KMY* (2014) De novo transcriptome analysis of Perna viridishighlights tissue-specific patterns for environmental studies. BMC Genomics 15(1):804
  66. Liu HH, Hu YJ, Luo P, Bao LJ, Qiu JW, Leung KMY, Zeng EY* (2014) Occurrence of halogenated flame retardants in sediment off an urbanized coastal zone: Association with urbanization and industrialization. Environmental Science & Technology48 (15): 8465-8473
  67. Tse WKF, Sun J, Zhang H, Lai KP, Gu J, Qiu JW, Wong CKC* (2014) iTRAQ-based quantitative proteomic analysis reveals acute hypo-osmotic responsive proteins in the gills of the Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica). Journal of Proteomics105: 133-143
  68. Cheung SG*, Chan CYS, Po BHK, Li AL, Leung JYS, Qiu JW, Ang PO, Thiyagarajan V, Shin PK, Chiu JM (2014) Effects of hypoxia on biofilms and subsequently larval settlement of benthic invertebrates. Marine Pollution Bulletin85: 418-424.
  69. Attwood SW*, Huo GN, Qiu JW(2014) Update on the distribution and phylogenetics of Biomphalaria (Gastropoda: Planorbidae) populations in Guangdong Province, China. Acta Tropica 141(Pt B), 258-70
  70. Ip KKL, Liang Y, Lin L, Wu H, Xue J, Qiu JW*(2014) Biological control of invasive apple snails by two species of carp: Effects on non-target species matter. Biological Control 71: 16-22
  71. Ng CK*, Dutton PH, Chan SK, Cheung K, Qiu JWSun Y(2014) Characterization and conservation concerns of Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) nesting in Hong Kong, China. Pacific Science 68 (2): 231-243
  72. Shin PKS, Leung JYS, Qiu JW, Ang PO, Chiu JMY, Thiyagarajan V, Cheung SG* (2014) Acute hypoxic exposure affects gamete quality and subsequent fertilization success and embryonic development in a serpulid polychaete. Marine Pollution Bulletin85(2):439-45
  73. Zhang Y, Zhang L, J SunQiu J, Hu X, Hu J, Bao Z (2014) Proteomic analysis identifies proteins related to carotenoid accumulation in Yesso scallop (Patinopecten yessoensis). Food Chemistry147: 111-116
  74. Ho KKY, Leung PTY, Ip JCH, Qiu JW, Leung KMY (2014) De novo transcriptomic profile in the gonadal tissues of the intertidal whelk Reishia clavigeraMarine Pollution Bulletin85(2): 499-504
  75. Au AC, Zhang L, Chung S*, Qiu JW*(2014) Diving associated coral breakage in Hong Kong: Differential susceptibility to damage. Marine Pollution Bulletin 85(2): 789-96
  76. Qiu JW*, Lau DCC, Cheang CC, Chow WK (2014) Community-level destruction of hard corals by the sea urchin Diadema setosumMarine Pollution Bulletin85: 783-788
  77. Dumont CP, Lau DCC, Astudillo JC, Fong KF, Chak STC, Qiu JW*(2013) Coral bioerosion by the sea urchin Diadema setosum in Hong Kong: Susceptibility of different coral species. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 441:71–79.
  78. Sun J, Chen Q, Lun JCY, Xu J*, Qiu JW*(2013a) PcarnBase: development of a transcriptomic database for the brain coral Platygyra carnosusMarine Biotechnology 15(2):244-51
  79. Wang MSun J, Li J, Qiu JW*(2013) Complete mitochondrial genome of the brain coral Platygyra carnosusMitochondrial DNA. 24(3):194-195
  80. Leung YS, Shin PKS, Qiu JW, Ang PO, Chiu JMY, Thiyagarajan V, Cheung SG (2013) Physiological and behavioural responses of different life stages of a serpulid polychaete to hypoxia. Marine Ecology Progress Series477:135-145
  81. Dreon MS, Frassa MV, Ceolín M, Ituarte S, Qiu JWSun J, Fernández PE, Heras H (2013) Novel animal defenses against predation: A snail egg meurotoxin combining lectin and pore-forming chains that resembles plant defense and bacteria attack toxins. PLoS ONE8(5): e63782. Published in May 2013./li>
  82. Sun JMu H, Zhang H, Chandramouli KH, Qian PY, Wong CKC, Qiu JW (2013b). Understanding the regulation of estivation in a freshwater snail through iTRAQ-based comparative proteomics. Journal of Proteome Research 12:5271-5280.
  83. Han Z, Sun J, Zhang Y, He F, Xu Y, Matsumura K, He LS, Qiu JW, Qi SH, Qian PY* (2013) iTRAQ-based proteomic profiling of the barnacle Balanus amphitritein response to the antifouling compound meleagrin. Journal of Proteome Research 12:2090-2100
  84. Chandramouli KH, Sun J, Mok FSY, Liu L, Qiu JW, Ravasi T, Qian PY* (2013) Transcriptome and quantitative proteome analysis reveals molecular processes associated with larval metamorphosis in the polychaete Pseudopolydora vexillosa. Journal of Proteome Research12:1344-1358
  85. Tse WKF, Sun J, Zhang H, Law AUS, Yeung BHY, Chow SC, Qiu JW, Wong CKC (2013) Transcriptomic and iTRAQ proteomic approaches reveal novel short-term hyperosmotic stress responsive proteins in the gill of Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica). Journal of Proteomics89:81-94
  86. Chung SS*, Au CS, Qiu JW(2013) Understanding the underwater behaviour of SCUBA divers in Hong Kong. Environmental Management 51:824-837
  87. Liu LY, Wang JZ, Wong CS, Qiu JW, Zeng EY* (2013) Application of multiple geochemical markers to investigate organic pollution in a dynamic coastal zone. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry32:312-319
  88. Sun Y, Kupriyanova EK, Qiu JW*(2012) CO1 barcoding of Hydroides: a road from impossible to difficult. Invertebrate Systematics 539-547
  89. Sun J, Zhang H, Wang H, Heras H, Dreon MS, Ituarte S, Ravasi T, Qian PY, Qiu JW*(2012a) First proteome of the egg perivitelline fluid of a freshwater aastropod with aerial oviposition. Journal of Proteome Research 11(8):4240-4248
  90. Sun JWang M, Wang H, Zhang H, Zhang X, Thiyagarajan V, Qian PY, Qiu JW*(2012b) De novo assembly of the transcriptome of an invasive snail and its multiple ecological applications. Molecular Ecology Resources 12(6):1133-44
  91. Sun Y, ten Hove H, Qiu JW*(2012) Serpulidae (Annelida: Polychaeta) from Hong Kong. Zootaxa 3424:1-42
  92. Sun YQiu JW*(2012) A new species of Lagis (Polychaeta: Pectinariidae) from Hong Kong. Zootaxa 3246:61-68
  93. Liu LY, Wang JZ, Qiu JW, Liang Y, Zeng EY* (2012) Persistent organic pollutants in coastal sediment off south China in relationship the importance of anthropogenic inputs. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry31(6):1194-1210
  94. Chiu JM*, Li S, Li A, Po B, Zhang R, Shin PK, Qiu JW(2012) Bacteria associated with skeletal tissue growth anomalies in the coral Platygyra carnosusFEMS Microbiol Ecol 79(2):380-91.
  95. Sun MM, Sun JQiu JW, Jing HM, Liu H* (2012) Characterization of the proteomic profiles of the brown tide alga Aureoumbra lagunensisunder P- and N-limitation, and its P-limitation specific protein with alkaline phosphatase activity. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78(6):2025-2033
  96. Qiu JW*Chan MTKwong KLSun J(2011) Consumption, survival and growth in the invasive freshwater snail Pomacea canaliculata: does food freshness matter? Journal of Molluscan Studies 77 (2): 189-195
  97. Lau DCC, Dumont CP, Lui GCS, Qiu JW*(2011) Effectiveness of a small marine reserve in southern China in protecting the harvested sea urchin Anthocidaris crassispina: a mark-and-recapture study. Biological Conservation 144:2674-2683
  98. Qiu JW*Chan KM, Leung KMY* (2011) Seasonal variations of imposex indices and butyltin concentrations in the rockshell Thais clavigeracollected from Hong Kong waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin 63: 482-488
  99. Bao VWW, Leung KMY*, Qiu JW, Lam MHW (2011) Acute toxicities of five commonly used antifouling booster biocides to selected subtropical and cosmopolitan marine species. Marine Pollution Bulletin62: 1147-1151
  100. Lui YS, Qiu JW, Zhang YL, Wong MH, Liang Y*(2011) Algal-derived organic matter as precursors of disinfection by-products and mutagens upon chlorination. Water Research45:1454-1462
  101. Sun J, Zhang Y, Thiyagarajan V, Qian PY, Qiu JW*(2010) Protein expression during the embryonic development of a gastropod. Proteomics 10:2701-2711
  102. Kwong KL, Dudgeon D, Wong PKQiu JW*(2010) Secondary production and diet of an invasive snail in freshwater wetlands: implications for resource utilization and competition. Biological Invasions 12:1153-1164
  103. Wong PK, Liang Y, Liu NYQiu JW*(2010) Palatability of macrophytes to the invasive freshwater snail Pomacea canaliculata: differential effects of multiple plant traits. Freshwater Biology 55:2023-2031
  104. Fang LWong PK, Lin L, Lan CY, Qiu JW*(2010) Impact of invasive apple snails in Hong Kong on wetland macrophytes, nutrients, phytoplankton and filamentous algae. Freshwater Biology 55: 1191-1204.
  105. Hong HC, Qiu JW, Liang Y (2010) Environmental factors influencing the distribution of total and fecal coliform bacteria in six water storage reservoirs in the Pearl River Delta Region, China. Journal of Environmental Science22(5): 663-668
  106. Jiang XM, Xiong J, Qiu JW, Wu JM, Wang JW, Xie ZC (2010) Structure of macroinvertebrate communities in relation to environmental variables in a subtropical Asian river system. International Review of Hydrobiology95: 42-57
  107. Wong PKKwong KLQiu JW*(2009) Complex interactions among fish, snails and macrophytes: implications for biological control of an invasive snail. Biological Invasions11: 2223-2232
  108. Kwong KL, Chen RKY, Qiu JW*(2009) The potential of the invasive snail Pomacea canaliculata as a predator of various life-stages of five species of freshwater snails. Malacologia 51: 343-356
  109. Qiu JW*Kwong(2009) Effects of macrophytes on feeding and life-history traits of the invasive apple snail Pomacea canaliculataFreshwater Biology 54: 1720-1730
  110. Chen G, Xiang WZ, Lau CC, Peng J, Qiu JW, Chen F, Jiang Y (2009) A comparative analysis of lipid and carotenoid composition of the gonads of Anthocidaris crassispinaDiadema setosumand Salmacis sphaeroidesFood Chemistry 120:973-977
  111. Lau DCC, Lau SCK, Qian PY, Qiu JW*(2009) Morphological plasticity and resource allocation in response to food limitation and hyposalinity in a sea urchin. Journal of Shellfish Research 28: 383-388
  112. Hung OS, Lee OO, Thiyagarajan V, He HP, Xu Y, Chung HC, Qiu JW, Qian PY (2009) Characterization of cues from natural multi-species biofilms that induce larval attachment of the polychaete Hydroides elegansAquatic Biology4:253-262
  113. Qiu JW*, Hung OS, Qian PY (2008) An improved barnacle settlement inhibition assay. Biofouling24: 259-268
  114. Kwong KLWong PK, Lau SSS, Qiu JW*(2008) Determination of the distribution of apple snails in Hong Kong two decades after their initial invasion. Malacologia 50: 293-302
  115. Chan KM, Leung KML, Cheung KC, Wong MH, Qiu JW*(2008) Seasonal changes in imposex and tissue burden of butyltin compounds in Thais clavigera populations along the coastal area of Mirs Bay, China. Marine Pollution Bulletin 57: 5645-651
  116. Chan KM, Cheung SG, Cai ZW, Qiu JW*(2008) Sensitivity of different biological responses to exposure and depuration of butyltins in Thais clavigera: reciprocal transplant of the neogastropod in cages. Ecotoxicology 17:860-868.
  117. Qiu JW*(2008) Wetland macrophyte diversity, trophic status and phytoplankton. Ecological Science 27:310-314
  118. Qiu JW*, Tang X, Zheng CB, Li Y, Huang YL (2007) Copper complexation by fulvic acid affects copper toxicity to the larvae of polychaete Hydroides elegansMarine Environmental Research64: 563-573
  119. Li JT, Liao B, Lan CY, Qiu JW, Shu WS* (2007) Zinc, nickel and cadmium in carambolas marketed in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, China: Implication for human health. Science of the Total Environment388: 405-412
  120. Lau MCChan KM, Leung KMY, Luan TG, Yang MS, Qiu JW*(2007) Acute and chronic toxicities of tributyltin to various life stages of the marine polychaete Hydroides elegansChemosphere 69: 135-144
  121. Li JT, Liao B, Lan CY, Qiu JW, Shu WS* (2007), Zinc, nickel and cadmium in carambolas marketed in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, China: Implication for human health. Science of the Total Environment 338:405-412
  122. Wong NC, Wong MH, Shiu KK, Qiu JW*(2006) Dependency of copper toxicity to polychaete larvae on algal concentration. Aquatic Toxicology 77:117–125
  123. Li JT, Qiu JW, Wang XW, Zhong Y, Lan CY*, Shu WS* (2006) Cadmium contamination in orchard soils and fruit trees and its potential health risk in Guangzhou, China. Environmental Pollution143:159-65
  124. Zhang CB, Huang LN, Luan TG, Qiu JW, Lan CY* (2006) Structural and functional diversity of culturable bacterial community during the early stages of revegetation near a Pb/Zn smelter in Guangdong, P. R. China. Ecological Engineering30(1): 16-26.
  125. Leung KMY*, Kwok RPY, Ng WC, Horiguchi T, Qiu JW, Yang R, Song M, Jiang G, Zheng GJ, Lam PKS (2006) Ecological risk assessments of endocrine disrupting organotin compounds using marine neogastropods in Hong Kong. Chemosphere65: 922-938
  126. Qiu JW*Xie ZC, Wang WX (2005) Effects of calcium on the uptake and elimination of cadmium and zinc in Asiatic clams. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology48:278-287
  127. Qiu JW*, Thiyagarajan V, Cheung S, Qian PY (2005) Toxic effects of copper to the larvae of the barnacle Balanus amphitrite. Marine Pollution Bulletin51:688-693
  128. Xie ZCWong NC, Qian PY, Qiu JW* (2005) Responses of polychaete Hydroides eleganslife stages to copper stress. Marine Ecology Progress Series 285:89-96
  129. Yang QW, Shu WS, Qiu JW, Wang HB, Lan CY* (2004) Lead in paddy soils and rice plants and its potential health risk around Lechang Lead/Zinc Mine, Guangdong, China. Environment International30: 883-889
  130. Qiu JW, Thiyagarajan V, Leung A, Qian PY* (2003) Development of a marine subtidal epibenthic community: implications for deployment of artificial reefs in Hong Kong. Biofouling19:37-46
  131. Qian PY*, Qiu JW, Kennish R, Reid CA (2003) Recolonization of benthic infauna subsequent to capping of contaminated dredged material in East Sha Chau, Hong Kong. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science56:819-931
  132. Zhao B, Qiu JW, Qian PY* (2003) Effects of food availability on larval development in the slipper limpet Crepidula onyxJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology294: 219-233
  133. Thiyagarajan V, Harder T, Qiu JW, Qian PY* (2003) Energy content at metamorphosis and growth rate of the early juvenile barnacle Balanus amphitriteMarine Biology143: 543-554
  134. Qiu JW, Tremblay R, Bourget E* (2002) Ontogenetic change in salinity tolerance in the mussels Mytilus edulisand  trossulus: implications for distribution. Marine Ecology Progress Series 228:143-152
  135. Qiu JW, Wang W, Qian PY* (2001) Significance of bacteria in the metal accumulation of the slipper limpet Crepidula onyxAquatic Microbial Ecology25:151-161
  136. Qiu JW*, Qian PY (2000) Revision of the genus Leonnates, Kinberg 1865 (Polychaeta, Nereididae), with descriptions and comments on other species described in LeonnatesProceedings of the Biological Society of Washington113: 1111-11
  137. Wang W*, Qiu JW, Qian PY (1999) Significance of trophic transfer in the high concentration of zinc in the barnacle Balanus amphitriteEnvironmental Science and Technology168:127-134
  138. Wang W*, Qiu JW, Qian PY (1999) Trophic transfer of cadmium, chromium and selenium in the barnacle Balanus amphitriteMarine Ecology Progress Series187: 191-201.
  139. Qiu JW*, Qian PY (1999) Effects of salinity and temperature on the life-history of Balanus amphitrite amphitrite: effects of past experience. Marine Ecology Progress Series188:123-132
  140. Qiu JW*(1999) Composition, structure and distribution of polychaete assemblages in Deep Bay, Hong Kong. In: Lee SY (ed.), Proceedings of the International Workshop on the Mangrove Ecosystem of Deep Bay and the Mai Po Marshes, Hong Kong. Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong, pp. 13-22
  141. Qiu JW*, Qian PY (1998) Effects of temperature and salinity on survival, growth and maturation in the polychaete Hydroides elegans(Haswell). Marine Ecology Progress Series 168: 127-134
  142. Ong-Che RG, Qiu JW, Wu BL (1998) Distribution of polychaetes in the southern waters of Hong Kong. Asian Marine Biology15:135-158
  143. Qiu JW*, Qian PY (1997) Effects of food availability, larval source, and culture method on larval development of Balanus amphitrite amphitrite: implications for experimental design. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology217:47-61
  144. Qiu JW*, Gosselin L, Qian PY (1997) Effects of short-term food availability on larval development in the barnacle Balanus amphitrite amphitriteMarine Ecology Progress Series161:83-91
  145. Chu JW, Levin L* (1989) Photoperiod and temperature regulation of growth and reproduction in Streblospio benedicti(Polychaeta: Spionidae). Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 15, 131-142


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  1. IP, Chi Ho Jack (Senior Research Assistant)
  2. HU, Juntong (M.Phil. Student)
  3. WANG Zhi (Ph.D. Student)
  4. XIE, James Yang (Research Fellow)
  5. XU, Ting (Senior Research Assistant)
  6. ZHANG, Yanjie (Senior Research Assistant)


  • Jack C.H. Ip, PhD. Thesis: Molecular evolution of egg perivitelline fluid proteins in apple snails (Ampullariidae, Caenogastropoda).
  • Zhi Wang (2015-2019), PhD. Thesis: Responses of microbenthic communities to pollution control and fisheries management measures in Hong Kong.
  • Yolanda Y.H. Yeung (2017-2019), MPhil. Thesis: Baseline, demography and bioerosion of Hong Kong coral communities.
  • Ting Xu (2013-2018), PhD. Thesis: Population Connectivity, Local Adaptation, and Biomineralization of Deep-sea Mussels (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) in the Northwestern Pacific
  • Yanjie Zhang (2013-2017), PhD. Thesis: Systematics and evolution of scale worms (Aphroditiformia, Polychaeta), with a focus on deep-sea species.
  • Huawei Mu (2012-2016), PhD. Thesis: Mechanisms of species invasion in apple snails: Proteome of the egg perivitelline fluid, and proteomic responses of the adults to abiotic stressors.
  • James Y. Xie (2012-2017), PhD. Thesis: Growth and bioerosion of massive corals in Hong Kong.
  • Kelvin Ka Lok Ip (2011-2013), MPhil. Thesis: Biological control of invasive apple snails in freshwater wetlands.
  • Jin Sun (2009-2013), PhD. Thesis: Characterization of the egg and embryonic proteome of Pomacea canaliculata, and responses of the proteome to environmental stressors.
  • Dickey Chi-Chung Lau (2007-2011), PhD. Thesis: Variability of the populations of the sea urchin Anthocidaris crassispinain Hong Kong.
  • Yanan Sun (2009 – 2011), MPhil. Thesis: Biodiversity and phylogeny of coral-associated polychaetes.
  • Pak Ki Wong (2007 – 2009), MPhil. Thesis: Impact of the apple snail, Pomacea canaliculata, on wetland diversity and function.
  • King Lun Kwong (2006-2008), MPhil. Thesis: Status of the apple snail, Pomacea canaliculata, in Hong Kong twenty years after its invasion, with emphasis on its distribution, secondary production and trophic relationship.
  • Ka Ming Chan (2005-2007), MPhil. Thesis: The use of the rock shell, Thais clavigera, as a biomonitor of tributyltin contamination in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
  • Nga Cheung Wong (2003-2005), MPhil. Thesis: Effects of algae (Isochrysis galbana) and humic acids on copper toxicity to polychaete (Hydroides elegans) larvae.


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