Kenneth Leung

Professor Kenneth Leung 梁美儀

Kenneth Mei Yee Leung obtained a BSc degree in Applied Environmental Sciences with first class honours at University of Portsmouth in England in 1993, and accomplished his MPhil study in Environmental Science at City University of Hong Kong in 1996.  As a recipient of the Swire’s James Henry Scott PhD Scholarship, he undertook a doctoral study at University of Glasgow in Scotland and obtained his PhD in Marine Ecotoxicology in 2000.  He was subsequently awarded The Croucher Foundation Fellowship, enabling him to conduct his 18-month postdoctoral study in ecological risk assessment of antifouling biocides at Royal Holloway, University of London in England (2000-2001).

Kenneth Leung firstly joined The University of Hong Kong (HKU) as Research Assistant Professor in January 2002 and was promoted to Assistant Professor, Associate Professor (Tenured) and Professor in 2003, 2009 and 2013, respectively.  He was a recipient of the "Marine Pollution Bulletin Highly Cited Author Award [2005-2009]" by Elsevier, the "Award for Outstanding Service Contribution 2010" by Faculty of Science, HKU, "2012 Outstanding Alumni Award" by Vocational Training Council of Hong Kong, and "Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award 2016" by HKU.

Over the past, Prof. Leung was invited by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to develop a manual for assessing ecological risks of aquaculture practices, and frequently invited by the United Nations (UNEP/PEMSEA) to give lectures on ecological risk assessment in their regional training workshops.  Between June 2010 and September 2012, he served as the elected President for the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Asia/Pacific Geographic Unit.  Owing to his professional achievements and community services, Prof. Leung was selected as one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Persons 2010" by Junior Chamber International Hong Kong.  In August 2017, the Ecological Society of Japan will award him their prestigious “2016 Biwako Prize for Ecology” which recognises and honours his outstanding academic achievements and societal contributions in Asia.

In Nov 2017, Leung was conferred as a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) which currently has about 6500 professional members from over 100 countries.  

Current work

Kenneth Leung is Professor of Aquatic Ecology and Toxicology in the School of Biological Sciences, at HKU where he also serves as a Research Scientist at the Swire Institute of Marine Science.  Over the past, he served as the Warden of Morrison Hall (Feb 2011 - Jan 2017) and the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) at the Faculty of Science (Feb 2014 - Jan 2016).  

His research interests include marine ecology, ecotoxicology, ecological risk assessment, and marine biodiversity and conservation.  Since 1999, he has published more than 170 peer-reviewed articles on these subjects.   For example, he established a novel approach, namely the field-based species sensitivity distribution (f-SSD), to derive ecologically relevant and site-specific sediment quality guidelines of chemical pollutants for providing better protection to marine benthic ecosystems in Norway and Hong Kong.  His method has been adopted as a means for deriving supplementary sediment quality guidelines in New Zealand, supporting the European water Framework Directive Quality Standards for metals, and also being employed by the US Environmental Protection Agency to examine effects of metals on benthic communities.

Currently, Prof. Leung is an Editor-in-Chief of Regional Studies in Marine Science and a subject editor for Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, and Environmental Science and Pollution Research, while he serves as an editorial board member for Marine Pollution Bulletin, Integrative Zoology, Canadian Journal of Zoology , PeerJ, Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences, and Ocean Science Journal.

Currently, Prof. Leung serves as an appointed member in the following committees or boards for the Hong Kong SAR Government: 

  • Member, Advisory Council on the Environment (2017-)
  • Chairman, Fisheries Enhancement Fund Management Committee (2016-)
  • Member, Steering Committee for the Marine Ecology and Fisheries Enhancement Funds (2016-)
  • Member, Town Planning Appeal Board Panel (2015-)
  • Chairman, Marine Parks Committee (2015-).
  • Member, Country and Marine Parks Board (2015-)
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Ocean Park Corporation (2015-)
  • Trustee, Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong (2015-)
  • Member, Advisory Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene (2013-)
  • Chairman, Marine Mammal Conservation Working Group (2013-)
  • Member, Red Tide/Harmful Algal Blooms Expert Advisory Group (2011-)