Prof. Kenneth Leung Mei Yee

Prof. Kenneth Leung Mei Yee has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles which are principally related to marine ecology, pollution, ecotoxicology, environmental risk assessment and ecological restoration using eco-engineering.

In August 2020, he joined City University of Hong Kong where he serves as a Chair Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and the Director of State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP).He is a founding Editor-in-Chief of the SCI journal Regional Studies in Marine Science, and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Hazardous Materials Letters, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Canadian Journal of Zoology and Ocean Science Journal.



Certificate in Management and Leadership in Education, Institute of Management and Leadership in Education (MLE), Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University (2017)

Ph.D. in Marine Ecotoxicology, University of Glasgow (2000)

M.Phil. in Environmental Science, City University of Hong Kong (1996)

B.Sc. (1st Class Hon.) in Applied Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth (1993)



Presidential Citation for Exemplary Service by Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, SETAC World Council (2019).

Certificate for Top Downloaded Article in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry [2017-2018] by Wiley (2019).

Appointed as a Justice of the Peace by the Hong Kong SAR Government (2018).

Selected as One of the Top 100 Asian Scientists by the Asian Scientist Magazine [The Asian Scientist 100 – 2018 Edition] (2018).

The SETAC Fellows Award by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2017).

The 19th Biwako Prize for Ecology by the Ecological Society of Japan (2017).

Alumni Advocate Award - Bronze by Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong (2017).

Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award 2015-2016 by HKU (2016).

Certificate for Highly Cited Research in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part C [2013-2016] by Elsevier (2016).

Top 1% Cited Scientist in Ecology/Environmental Science by Clarivate Analytics' Essential Science Indicators, and Top 1% Scholar at HKU (2015; 2017-2020).

Selected publications

Sun, F.-H., Mu, Y.-S., Leung, K.M.Y., Su, H.-L., Wu, F.-C.*, Chang, H. (2021). China is establishing its water quality standards for enhancing protection of aquatic life in freshwater ecosystems. Environmental Science and Policy 124: 413-422. [IF: 5.581]

Li, J., Ruan, Y.F.*, Mak, Y.L., Zhang, X.H., Lam, J.C.W., Leung, K.M.Y., Lam, PK.S.* (2021). Occurrence and trophodynamics of marine lipophilic phycotoxins in a subtropical marine food web. Environmental Science & Technology 55: 6917–6925. [IF: 9.028]

Lee, J.H.W.*, Guo, J.H., Chan, T.S.N., Choi, D.K.W., Wang, W.P., Leung, K.M.Y. (2020). Real time forecasting and automatic species classification of harmful algal blooms (HAB) for fisheries management. Hydrolink 4: 109-113. [Open Access] [Non-SCI publication]

Farzana, S., Ruan, Y., Wang, Q., Wu, R., Kai, Z., Meng, Y., Leung, K.M.Y.*, Lam, P.K.S.* (2020). Developing interim water quality criteria for emerging chemicals of concern for protecting marine life in the Greater Bay Area of South China. Marine Pollution Bulletin 161: 111792. [IF: 5.553]

Huang, Qi, Sham, R.C.T., Deng, Y., Mao, Y.-P., Wang, C.-X., Zhang, T.*, Leung, K.M.Y.* (2020). Diversity of gut microbiomes in marine fishes is shaped by host-related factors. Molecular Ecology 29: 5019-5034. [Open Access] [IF: 6.185]


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