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The recently established mangrove lab of SWIMS is interested in various aspects of mangrove ecology and crab biology. Our research aims to study the patterns of diversity of crabs and molluscs in East African and South East Asian mangroves and their role in ecosystem functioning. We also focus on the evolutionary pathways of conquest of land by crabs, through the study of the behavioural ecology, eco-physiology, taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships of intertidal and semiterrestrial crabs.


Mangroves are among the most threatened habitats in the world and we are deeply involved in their conservation, as members of the IUCN SSC Mangrove Specialist Group.

We are based at the Swire Institute of Marine of Marine Sciences and at the School of Biological Sciences of The University of Hong Kong


We found a new species of climbing micro-mangrove crab in Hong Kong mangroves! Read the original press release here . Some information, and link to the original paper, are here

A Senior Research Assistant (SRA) and a Research Assistant (RA) position in mangrove ecology are now available in our group. Application should be received before March 21st 2017. See here