Wing Chan

PhD Candidate
Wing Chan
Room 115
+613 8344 2519


My research interests are in coral reefs and climate change. I completed my Bachelor of Science (Hons) at the Australian National University. My Honours project examined the calcification responses of the coral Acropora formosa and Pocillopora damicornis to diurnal variation in seawater carbonate chemistry. After graduation, I completed an internship with Academia Sinica, Taiwan on the gene expression responses of coral Acropora hyacinthus to thermal stress.

My PhD project, supervised by Prof. Ary Hoffmann and Prof Madeleine van Oppen, explores the value of selective breeding as a way to enhance the stress tolerance of reef-building corals to future elevated temperature and pCO2 ocean conditions. Selective breeding has been widely applied in commercially valuable species in food production. The approach, however, is rarely applied in conservation terms and the aim of this PhD is to investigate this possibility.

Current Project

Improving stress tolerance of corals through selective breeding: A new approach in coral reef conservation.

Conference Presentations

Chan, W.Y., Stephen, E., 2014. The Effects of Diurnal Seawater Carbonate Chemistry Variation on Coral Calcification. Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii

Chan, W.Y., Fifield, K., Tims, S., Srncik, M., Fallon, S., 2013. Bomb Plutonium Signatures from a Modern Porites Coral from Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands. the 87th Australian Coral Reef Society Conference, Sydney, Australia

Awards / Achievements

2015 Melbourne International Research Scholarships and Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship
2013 ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science Honours Scholarship
2011 Eleanor and Fremont Chandler Presidential Scholarship, Sea Education Association, US


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