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Danny Chun Pong Lau

My research focuses on food webs, biodiversity and functioning of aquatic ecosystems.



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Affiliated as other position at Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
KB. H4, Linnaeus väg 6, Umeå, A4.36.21 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

My research focuses on food webs, biodiversity and functioning of aquatic ecosystems. I am particularly interested in their responses to anthropogenic stressors (e.g. eutrophication, acidification, brownification, atmospheric nitrogen deposition, etc.) and climate change. My studies cover a broad range of ecosystems including coastal waters, rivers, ponds and lakes, and I frequently apply ecological tracers such as fatty-acid biomarkers and stable isotopes to investigate ecosystem processes and food-web dynamics in the changing environment. My on-going projects include:

  • Impacts of nitrogen deposition on resource quality and pelagic trophic transfer in subarctic lakes.
  • Responses in nutritional quality and trophic ecology of fish to lake brownification.
  • Resource use and quality of arctic freshwater consumers in a warmer climate.
  • Zooplankton as an integrated indicator of ecosystem health.
  • Intra-specific variation in lipid composition of zooplankton across spatiotemporal scales.
  • Species traits of lotic macroinvertebrates – latitudinal patterns and their use for circumpolar freshwater biodiversity assessment.
  • Autochthony and niche partitioning of benthic fauna at shallow-water hydrothermal vents.

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Bachelor/Master students who are interested in freshwater ecology are welcome to contact me for potential thesis projects.

Aquatic Sciences, Springer 2020, Vol. 82, (2)
Bergström, Ann-Kristin; Jonsson, Anders; Isles, Peter D. F.; et al.
Freshwater Biology
Lau, Danny C. P.; Christoffersen, Kirsten S.; Erkinaro, Jaakko; et al.
Water, MDPI 2020, Vol. 12, (10)
Ramberg, Ellinor; Burdon, Francis J.; Sargac, Jasmina; et al.
Ecological Indicators, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 117
Tao, Lily S. R.; Lau, Danny C. P.; Perkins, Matthew J.; et al.
Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, London: Royal Society of Chemistry 2019 : 881-892
Bidleman, Terry F.; Andersson, Agneta; Brugel, Sonia; et al.
Akureyri, Iceland: Consvervation of Arctic Flora and Fauna 2019
Lento, J.; Goedkoop, W.; Culp, J.; et al.
Ecosphere, Wiley-Blackwell 2018, Vol. 9, (6)
Grieve, Adrian; Lau, Danny C. P.
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons 2018, Vol. 37, (12) : 3011-3017
Kupryianchyk, Darya; Giesler, Reiner; Bidleman, Terry F.; et al.
Freshwater Biology, WILEY 2017, Vol. 62, (5) : 833-853
Brett, Michael T.; Bunn, Stuart E.; Chandra, Sudeep; et al.
Freshwater Biology, WILEY 2017, Vol. 62, (4) : 792-806
Lau, Danny C. P.; Vrede, Tobias; Goedkoop, Willem