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Professor LAI Yuk Fo, Derrick (黎育科教授)


Associate Professor

BSSc, MPhil (CUHK)
PhD (McGill)

(852) 3943-6528

Teaching Fields

Global Change and Ecosystem Ecology
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Physical Geography

Research Interests

Carbon Cycling in Terrestrial and Wetland Ecosystems
Urban Ecology and Biogeochemistry
Ecosystem Restoration and Management
Soils and the Environment
Sustainable Agriculture


  • Director, Physical Geography Experimental Station, GRM
  • Director, Center for Environmental Policy and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Chair, Research Committee, GRM
  • Overseas Trip Coordinator, GRM
  • Chair, Campus Environment Committee, Chung Chi College
  • Associate Editor, Mires and Peat
  • Member, Editorial Board, Biogeoscience Section, Frontiers in Earth Science
  • Vice-Chair (Administration), Hong Kong Geographical Association
  • Member, World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong (WWF-HK) Mai Po Management Committee
  • Member, Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Geography Subject Committee
  • Vice Secretary-General, The Greater China Environment, Resources and Ecological Conservation Society

Selected Publications

Wang, W., Lai, D.Y.F., Abid, A.A., Neogi, S., Xu, X., & Wang, C. (2018). Effects of steel slag and biochar incorporation on active soil organic carbon pools in a subtropical paddy field. Agronomy, 8(8), 135, doi: 10.3390/agronomy8080135.

Comeau, L.-P., Lai, D.Y.F., Cui, J.J., & Hartill, J. (2018). Soil heterotrophic respiration assessment using minimally disturbed soil microcosm cores. MethodsX, doi:10.1016/j.mex.2018.07.014.

Comeau, L.-P., Lai, D.Y.F., Cui, J.J., & Farmer, J. (2018). Separation of soil respiration: a site-specific comparison of partition methods. SOIL, 4, 141-152, doi: 10.5194/soil-4-141-2018.

Yang, P., Lai, D.Y.F., Huang, J.F., Zhang, L.H., & Tong, C. (2018). Temporal variations and temperature sensitivity of ecosystem respiration in three brackish marsh communities in the Min River Estuary, southeast China. Geoderma, 327, 138-150, doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.05.005.

Yang, P., Zhang, Y., Lai, D.Y.F., Tan, L., Jin, B., & Tong, C. (2018). Fluxes of carbon dioxide and methane across the water–atmosphere interface of aquaculture shrimp ponds in two subtropical estuaries: The effect of temperature, substrate, salinity and nitrate. Science of the Total Environment, 635, 1025-1035, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.102.

Yang, P., Lai, D.Y.F., Huang, J.F., & Tong, C. (2018). Effect of drainage on CO2, CH4, and N2O fluxes from aquaculture ponds during winter in a subtropical estuary of China. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 65, 72-82, doi: 10.1016/j.jes.2017.03.024.

Chen, Q., Li, Z., Dong, S., Wang, N., Lai, D.Y.F., & Ning, K. (2018). Spatial variations in the chemical composition of eolian sediments in hyperarid regions: A case study from the Badain Jaran Desert, northwestern China. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 88(2), 290-300, doi: 10.2110/jsr.2018.11

Ho, H.C., Knudby, A., Chi, G., Aminipouri, M., & Lai, D.Y.F. (2018). Spatiotemporal analysis of regional socio-economic vulnerability change associated with heat risks in Canada. Applied Geography, 95, 61-70, doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2018.04.015.

Wang, W., Sardans, J., Wang, C., Pan, T., Zeng, C., Lai, D.Y.F., Bartrons, M., & Peñuelas, J. (2017). Straw application strategy to optimize nutrient release in a southeastern China rice cropland. Agronomy, 7(4), 84, doi: 10.3390/agronomy7040084.

Jin, B.S., Lai, D.Y.F., Gao, D.Z., Tong, C., & Zeng, C.S. (2017). Changes in soil organic carbon dynamics in a native C4 plant-dominated tidal marsh following Spartina alterniflora invasion. Pedosphere, 27(5), 856-867, doi: 10.1016/S1002-0160(17)60396-5.

Yang, P., Bastviken, D., Lai, D.Y.F., Jin, B.S., Mou, X.J., Tong, C., & Yao, Y.C. (2017). Effects of coastal marsh conversion to shrimp aquaculture ponds on CH4 and N2O emissions. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 199, 125-131, doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2017.09.023.

Yang, P., Lai, D.Y.F., Jin, B., Bastviken, D., Tan, L., & Tong, C. (2017). Dynamics of dissolved nutrients in the aquaculture shrimp ponds of the Min River estuary, China: Concentrations, fluxes and environmental loads. Science of the Total Environment, 603-604, 256-267, doi: 10.1016/ j.scitotenv.2017.06.074

Wang, W., Neogi, S., Lai, D.Y.F., Zeng, C., Wang, C., & Zeng, D. (2017). Effects of industrial and agricultural waste amendment on soil greenhouse gas production in a paddy field in southeastern China. Atmospheric Environment, 164, 239-249, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.05.052.

Wang, C., Lai, D.Y.F., Sardans, J., Wang, W., Zeng, C., & Peñuelas, J. (2017). Factors related with CH4 and N2O emissions from a paddy field: Clues for management implications. PLoS ONE, 12(1), e0169254,doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169254.

Wang, W., Lai, D.Y.F., Wang, C., Tong, C., & Zeng, C. (2016). Effects of inorganic amendments, rice cultivars and cultivation methods on greenhouse gas emissions and rice productivity in a subtropical paddy field. Ecological Engineering, 95, 770-778, doi: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2016.07.014.

Wang, W., Lai, D.Y.F., Sardans, J., Wang, C., Datta, A., Pan, T., Zeng, C., Bartrons, M., & Peñuelas, J. (2015). Rice straw incorporation affects global warming potential differently in early vs. late cropping seasons in Southeastern China. Field Crops Research, 181, 42-51, doi: 10.1016/ j.fcr.2015.07.007.

Petrescu, A.M.R., Lohila, A., Tuovinen, J.-P., Baldocchi, D.D., Desai, A.R., Roulet, N.T., Vesala, T., Dolman, A.J., Oechel, W.C., Marcolla, B., Friborg, T., Rinne, J., Matthes, J.H., Merbold, L., Meijide, A., Kiely, G., Sottocornola, M., Sachs, T., Zona, D., Varlagin, A., Lai, D.Y.F., Veenendaal, E., Parmentier, F.-J.W., Skiba, U., Lund, M., Hensen, A., van Huissteden, J., Flanagan, L.B., Shurpali, N.J., Grünwald, T., Humphreys, E.R., Jackowicz-Korczynski, M., Aurela, M.A., Laurila, T., Grüning, C., Corradi, C.A.R., Schrier-Uijl, A.P., Christensen, T.R., Tamstorf, M.P., Mastepanov, M., Martikainen, P.J., Verma, S.B., Bernhofer, C., & Cescatti, A. (2015). The uncertain climate footprint of wetlands under human pressure. PNAS, 112(15), 4594-4599, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1416267112.

Wang, C., Lai, D.Y.F., Tong, C., Wang, W., Huang, J., & Zeng, C. (2015). Variations in temperature sensitivity (Q10) of CH4 emission from a subtropical estuarine marsh in Southeast China. PLOS ONE, 10(5), e0125227, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0125227.

Wang, W., Lai, D.Y.F., Wang, C., Pan, T., & Zeng, C. (2015). Effects of rice straw incorporation on active soil organic carbon pool in a subtropical paddy field. Soil & Tillage Research, 152, 8-16, doi: 10.1016/j.still.2015.03.011.

Wang, C., Li, S., Lai, D.Y.F., Wang, W., & Ma, Y. (2015).The effect of floating vegetation on CH4 and N2O emissions from subtropical paddy fields in China. Paddy and Water Environment, 13(4), 425-431, doi: 10.1007/s10333-014-0459-6.

Wang, W., Sardans, J., Lai, D.Y.F., Wang, C., Zeng, C., Tong, C., Liang, Y., & Peñuelas, J. (2015). Effects of steel slag application on greenhouse gas emissions and crop yield over multiple growing seasons in a subtropical paddy field in China. Field Crops Research, 171, 146-156,doi: 10.1016/j.fcr.2014.10.014.

Lai, D.Y.F. (2014). Phosphorus fractions and fluxes in the soils of a free surface flow constructed wetland in Hong Kong. Ecological Engineering. 73, 73-79, doi: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.09.004.

Wang, W., Lai, D.Y.F., Li, S., Kim, P.J., Zeng, C., Li, P., & Liang, Y. (2014). Steel slag amendment reduces methane emission and increases rice productivity in subtropical paddy fields in China. Wetlands Ecology and Management, doi: 10.1007/s11273-014-9364-4.

Lai, D.Y.F., Moore, T.R., & Roulet, N.T. (2014). Spatial and temporal variations of methane flux measured by autochambers in a temperate ombrotrophic peatland. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 119(5), 864-880, doi: 10.1002/2013JG002410.

Lai, D.Y.F., Roulet, N.T., & Moore, T.R. (2014). The spatial and temporal relationships between CO2 and CH4 exchange in a temperate ombrotrophic bog. Atmospheric Environment, 89, 249-259, doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.02.034.

Lai, D.Y.F., Roulet, N.T., Humphreys, E.R., Moore, T.R., & Dalva, M. (2012). The effect of atmospheric turbulence and chamber deployment period on autochamber CO2 and CH4 flux measurements in an ombrotrophic peatland. Biogeosciences, 9(8), 3305-3322, doi: 10.5194/bg-9-3305-2012.

Lai, D.Y.F. (2009). Methane dynamics in northern peatlands: A review. Pedosphere, 19(4), 409-421, doi: 10.1016/S1002-0160(09)00003-4

Lai, D.Y.F. (2009). Modelling the effects of climate change on methane emission from a northern ombrotrophic bog in Canada. Environmental Geology, 58(6), 1197-1206, doi: 10.1007/s00254-008-1613-5.

Lai, D.Y.F., & Lam, K.C. (2009). Phosphorus sorption by sediments in a subtropical constructed wetland receiving stormwater runoff. Ecological Engineering, 35(5), 735-743, doi: 10.1016/ j.ecoleng.2008.11.009.

Lai, D.Y.F., & Lam, K.C. (2008). Phosphorus retention and release by sediments in the eutrophic Mai Po Marshes, Hong Kong. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 57(6-12), 349-356, doi: 10.1016/ j.marpolbul.2008.01.038.


Research Projects

Effects of Experimental Litterfall and Throughfall Manipulations on Soil Greenhouse Gas Exchange in a Subtropical Secondary Forest, Principal Investigator, General Research Fund, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 01/2016-12/2018, HK$ 706,972

Soil Respiration in a Subtropical Secondary Forest in Hong Kong: Temporal Variations and the Effects of Climate Change, Principal Investigator, General Research Fund, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 01/2015-12/2017, HK$ 680,683

Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange of Greenhouse Gases in a Subtropical Mangrove Wetland in Hong Kong, Principal Investigator, Early Career Scheme, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 01/2014-12/2017, HK$ 1,749,000

A Comparison of Carbon Storage in Coastal Wetland Soils Between Hong Kong and Germany, Principal Investigator, Germany/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme 2013/14, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong and Germany Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 01/2014-12/2015, HK$ 89,600