Jonathan Leung

Jonathan Leung

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


I am a marine biologist with broad research interests from molecular to community level. In recent years, my research has been focusing on how climate change affects the fitness and survival of marine organisms as well as their adaptations. Apart from marine biology, I am also interested in environmental science and focus on studying the impacts of pollutants (e.g. heavy metals, organic pollutants and microplastics) on the environment and human health. I am passionate about scientific writing and have developed some useful skills to increase the quality of papers. 

Climate change biology

  • How hypoxia, warming and ocean acidification affect the fitness and survival of marine organisms via physiological pathways.
  • How ocean acidification affects calcifying organisms and their compensatory responses from the perspectives of physiology, geochemistry and materials science.

Leung, J.Y.S., Chen, Y., Nagelkerken, I., Zhang, S., Xie, Z., Connell, S.D., 2020. Calcifiers can adjust shell building at the nanoscale to resist ocean acidification. Small 16, 2003186

Leung, J.Y.S., Russell, B.D., Connell, S.D., 2020. Linking energy budget to physiological adaptation: how a calcifying gastropod adjusts or succumbs to ocean acidification and warming. Sci. Total Environ. 715, 136939

Leung, J.Y.S., Russell, B.D., Connell, S.D., 2019. Adaptive responses of marine gastropods to heatwaves. One Earth 1, 374–381

Leung, J.Y.S., Doubleday, Z.A., Nagelkerken, I., Chen, Y., Xie, Z., Connell, S.D., 2019. How calorie-rich food could help marine calcifiers in a CO2-rich future. Proc. R. Soc. B 286, 20190757

Leung, J.Y.S., Russell, B.D., Connell, S.D., 2017. Mineralogical plasticity acts as a compensatory mechanism to the impacts of ocean acidification. Environ. Sci. Technol. 51, 2652–2659

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Environmental Science

  • The behaviour and ecological risk of anthropogenic pollutants (e.g. heavy metals, pesticides, flame retardants and endocrine disrupting chemicals) in the environment.
  • The potential strategies to remediate the contaminated environment. 
  • The biological, ecological and social impacts of microplastics.

Wu, F., Wang, Y., Leung, J.Y.S., Huang, W., Zeng, J., Tang, Y., Chen, J., Shi, A., Yu, X., Xu, X., Zhang, H., Cao, L., 2020. Accumulation of microplastics in typical commercial aquatic species: a case study at a productive aquaculture site in China. Sci. Total Environ. 708, 135432.

Wu, Q., Leung, J.Y.S., Du, Y., Kong, D., Shi, Y., Wang, Y., Xiao, T., 2019. Trace metals in e-waste lead to serious health risk through consumption of rice growing near an abandoned e-waste recycling site: Comparisons with PBDEs and AHFRs. Environ. Pollut. 247, 46–54.

Wu, Q., Leung, J.Y.S., Geng, X., Chen, S., Huang, X., Li, H., Huang, Z., Zhu, L., Chen, J., Lu, Y., 2015. Heavy metal contamination of soil and water in the vicinity of an abandoned e-waste recycling site: Implications for dissemination of heavy metals. Sci. Total Environ. 506–507, 217–225

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editorial work

Your contributions to these special issues are much appreciated!

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Chen, S., Lin, C., Tan, J., Wang, Y., Wang, X., Wang, X., . . . Leung, J. Y. S. (2021). Reproductive potential of mosquitofish is reduced by the masculinizing effect of a synthetic progesterone, gestodene: Evidence from morphology, courtship behaviour, ovary histology, sex hormones and gene expressions. Science of the Total Environment, 769, 11 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
    2021 Leung, J. Y. S., Russell, B. D., Coleman, M. A., Kelaher, B. P., & Connell, S. D. (2021). Long-term thermal acclimation drives adaptive physiological adjustments of a marine gastropod to reduce sensitivity to climate change. Science of the Total Environment, 771, 1-10.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3
    2021 Zhang, Y., Leung, J. Y. S., Zhang, Y., Cai, Y., Zhang, Z., & Li, K. (2021). Agricultural activities compromise ecosystem health and functioning of rivers: Insights from multivariate and multimetric analyses of macroinvertebrate assemblages. Environmental Pollution, 275, 116655-1-116655-12.
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    2021 Wang, X., Tan, Z., Chen, S., Gui, L., Li, X., Ke, D., . . . Leung, J. Y. S. (2021). Norethindrone causes cellular and hepatic injury in zebrafish by compromising the metabolic processes associated with antioxidant defence: Insights from metabolomics. Chemosphere, 275, 1-11.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS1
    2021 Wang, T., Hu, M., Xu, G., Shi, H., Leung, J. Y. S., & Wang, Y. (2021). Microplastic accumulation via trophic transfer: Can a predatory crab counter the adverse effects of microplastics by body defence?. Science of the Total Environment, 754, 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS13 Europe PMC1
    2020 Leung, J., & McAfee, D. (2020). Stress across life stages: Impacts, responses and consequences for marine organisms. Science of the Total Environment, 700, 9 pages.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4
    2020 Wu, F., Wang, Y., Leung, J. Y. S., Huang, W., Zeng, J., Tang, Y., . . . Cao, L. (2020). Accumulation of microplastics in typical commercial aquatic species: a case study at a productive aquaculture site in China. Science of the Total Environment, 708, 1-11.
    DOI Scopus59 WoS52 Europe PMC4
    2020 Leung, J. Y., Russell, B. D., & Connell, S. D. (2020). Linking energy budget to physiological adaptation: how a calcifying gastropod adjusts or succumbs to ocean acidification and warming. Science of the Total Environment, 715, 136939-1-136939-8.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS11
    2020 Shi, Y., Zhang, Y., Du, Y., Kong, D., Wu, Q., Hong, Y., . . . Leung, J. Y. S. (2020). Occurrence, composition and biological risk of organophosphate esters (OPEs) in water of the Pearl River Estuary, South China.. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int, 27(13), 14852-14862.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS10
    2020 Hou, L., Chen, S., Shi, W., Chen, H., Liang, Y., Wang, X., . . . Xie, L. (2020). Norethindrone alters mating behaviors, ovary histology, hormone production and transcriptional expression of steroidogenic genes in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 195, 110496-1-110496-10.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2
    2020 Du, Y., Wu, Q., Kong, D., Shi, Y., Huang, X., Luo, D., . . . Leung, J. Y. S. (2020). Accumulation and translocation of heavy metals in water hyacinth: Maximising the use of green resources to remediate sites impacted by e-waste recycling activities. Ecological Indicators, 115, 8 pages.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS7
    2020 Leung, J. Y. S., Chen, Y., Nagelkerken, I., Zhang, S., Xie, Z., & Connell, S. D. (2020). Calcifiers can adjust shell building at the nanoscale to resist ocean acidification. Small, 16(37), 2003186-1-2003186-8.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS5 Europe PMC2
    2019 Leung, J. Y. S., Russell, B. D., & Connell, S. D. (2019). Adaptive Responses of Marine Gastropods to Heatwaves. One Earth, 1(3), 374-381.
    DOI Scopus15
    2019 Wu, Q., Leung, J., Du, Y., Kong, D., Shi, Y., Wang, Y., & Xiao, T. (2019). Trace metals in e-waste lead to serious health risk through consumption of rice growing near an abandoned e-waste recycling site: Comparisons with PBDEs and AHFRs. Environmental Pollution, 247, 46-54.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS18 Europe PMC3
    2019 Wu, Q., Du, Y., Huang, Z., Gu, J., Leung, J., Mai, B., . . . Fu, J. (2019). Vertical profile of soil/sediment pollution and microbial community change by e-waste recycling operation. Science of the Total Environment, 669, 1001-1010.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS15 Europe PMC4
    2019 Leung, J. Y. S., Doubleday, Z. A., Nagelkerken, I., Chen, Y., Xie, Z., & Connell, S. D. (2019). How calorie-rich food could help marine calcifiers in a CO₂-rich future. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1906), 20190757-1-20190757-5.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS12 Europe PMC2
    2019 Rodriguez Dominguez, A., Connell, S., Leung, J., & Nagelkerken, I. (2019). Adaptive responses of fishes to climate change: feedback between physiology and behaviour. Science of the Total Environment, 692, 1242-1249.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS5 Europe PMC1
    2019 Ferreira, C., Nagelkerken, I., Goldenberg, U., Walden, G., Leung, J., & Connell, S. (2019). Functional loss in herbivores drives runaway expansion of weedy algae in a near-future ocean. Science of the Total Environment, 695, 133829-1-133829-8.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS7 Europe PMC1
    2018 Leung, J., Nagelkerken, I., Russell, B., Ferreira, C., & Connell, S. (2018). Boosted nutritional quality of food by CO2 enrichment fails to offset energy demand of herbivores under ocean warming, causing energy depletion and mortality. Science of the Total Environment, 639, 360-366.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS12 Europe PMC2
    2018 Leung, J., & Cheung, N. (2018). Effects of hypoxia and non-lethal shell damage on shell mechanical and geochemical properties of a calcifying polychaete. Biogeosciences, 15(10), 3267-3276.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS7
    2017 Leung, J., & Cheung, N. (2017). Feeding behaviour of a serpulid polychaete: turning a nuisance species into a natural resource to counter algal blooms?. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 115(1-2), 376-382.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS7
    2017 Leung, J., & Cheung, N. (2017). Can mangrove plantation enhance the functional diversity of macrobenthic community in polluted mangroves?. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 116(1-2), 454-461.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS12
    2017 Leung, J., Russell, B., & Connell, S. (2017). Mineralogical plasticity acts as a compensatory mechanism to the impacts of ocean acidification. Environmental Science and Technology, 51(5), 2652-2659.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS32 Europe PMC9
    2017 Wu, Q., Liu, X., Liang, C., Leung, J., Li, H., Chen, S., . . . Chen, Z. (2017). Historical trends and ecological risks of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and alternative halogenated flame retardants (AHFRs) in a mangrove in South China. Science of the Total Environment, 599-600, 181-187.
    DOI Scopus24 WoS21 Europe PMC1
    2017 Connell, S., Fernandes, M., Burnell, O., Doubleday, Z., Griffin, K., Irving, A., . . . Falkenberg, L. (2017). Testing for thresholds of ecosystem collapse in seagrass meadows. Conservation Biology, 31(5), 1196-1201.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS27 Europe PMC3
    2017 Leung, J., Connell, S., Nagelkerken, I., & Russell, B. (2017). Impacts of near-future ocean acidification and warming on the shell mechanical and geochemical properties of gastropods from intertidal to subtidal zones. Environmental Science and Technology, 51(21), 12097-12103.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS18 Europe PMC3
    2017 Leung, J., Connell, S., & Russell, B. (2017). Heatwaves diminish the survival of a subtidal gastropod through reduction in energy budget and depletion of energy reserves. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 17688-1-17688-8.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS22 Europe PMC3
    2016 Wu, Q., Leung, J., Tam, N., Peng, Y., Guo, P., Zhou, S., . . . Miao, S. (2016). Contamination and distribution of heavy metals, polybrominated diphenyl ethers and alternative halogenated flame retardants in a pristine mangrove. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 103(1-2), 344-348.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS20 Europe PMC1
    2016 Wu, Q., Zhou, H., Tam, N., Tian, Y., Tan, Y., Zhou, S., . . . Leung, J. (2016). Contamination, toxicity and speciation of heavy metals in an industrialized urban river: implications for the dispersal of heavy metals. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 104(1-2), 153-161.
    DOI Scopus76 WoS70 Europe PMC9
    2016 Leung, J., Cai, Q., & Tam, N. (2016). Comparing subsurface flow constructed wetlands with mangrove plants and freshwater wetland plants for removing nutrients and toxic pollutants. Ecological Engineering, 95, 129-137.
    DOI Scopus27 WoS25
    2016 Chiu, J., Degger, N., Leung, J., Po, B., Zheng, G., Richardson, B., . . . Wu, R. (2016). A novel approach for estimating the removal efficiencies of endocrine disrupting chemicals and heavy metals in wastewater treatment processes. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 112(1-2), 53-57.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS17 Europe PMC1
    2015 Leung, J. (2015). Habitat heterogeneity determining the macrobenthic infaunal community in a mangrove swamp in South China: implication for plantation and plant invasion. Journal of Coastal Research, 31(3), 624-633.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5
    2015 Wu, Q., Leung, J., Geng, X., Chen, S., Huang, X., Li, H., . . . Lu, Y. (2015). Heavy metal contamination of soil and water in the vicinity of an abandoned e-waste recycling site: implications for dissemination of heavy metals. Science of the Total Environment, 506-507, 217-225.
    DOI Scopus209 WoS190 Europe PMC35
    2015 Li, H., Hu, X., Wu, Q., Wu, Z., Huang, X., Zhang, F., . . . Xiong, F. (2015). Heavy metal concentration, emission flux and potential ecological risk assessment for agriculture in Guangzhou. Chinese Journal of Environmental Engineering, 9(3), 1409-1416.
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    2015 Wu, Q., Leung, J., Yuan, X., Huang, X., Li, H., Huang, Z., & Li, Y. (2015). Biological risk, source and pollution history of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in the sediment in Nansha mangrove, South China. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 96(1-2), 57-64.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS23 Europe PMC6
    2015 Leung, J., Russell, B., Connell, S., Ng, J., & Lo, M. (2015). Acid dulls the senses: impaired locomotion and foraging performance in a marine mollusc. Animal Behaviour, 106, 223-229.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS13
    2015 Wu, Q., Leung, J., Pérez, A., Huang, X., & Wang, W. (2015). Contamination and vertical distribution of As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb, Tl, and Zn in paddy soil irrigated with untreated leachate from tailings retention ponds. Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry, 97(6), 710-722.
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    2015 Wu, Q., Leung, J., Huang, X., Yao, B., Yuan, X., Ma, J., & Guo, S. (2015). Evaluation of the ability of black nightshade Solanum nigrum L. for phytoremediation of thallium-contaminated soil. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 22(15), 11478-11487.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS11 Europe PMC2
    2015 Leung, J. (2015). Habitat heterogeneity affects ecological functions of macrobenthic communities in a mangrove: implication for the impact of restoration and afforestation. Global Ecology and Conservation, 4, 423-433.
    DOI Scopus35 WoS25
    2014 Cheung, S., Chan, C., Po, B., Li, A., Leung, J., Qiu, J., . . . Chiu, J. (2014). Effects of hypoxia on biofilms and subsequently larval settlement of benthic invertebrates. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 85(2), 418-424.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS7 Europe PMC2
    2014 Shin, P., Leung, J., Qiu, J., Ang, P., Chiu, J., Thiyagarajan, V., & Cheung, S. (2014). Acute hypoxic exposure affects gamete quality and subsequent fertilization success and embryonic development in a serpulid polychaete. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 85(2), 439-445.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    2014 Wu, Q., Leung, J., Tam, N., Chen, S., Mai, B., Zhou, X., . . . Geng, X. (2014). Biological risk and pollution history of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Nansha mangrove, South China. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 85(1), 92-98.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS27 Europe PMC5
    2014 Wu, Q., Tam, N., Leung, J., Zhou, X., Fu, J., Yao, B., . . . Xia, L. (2014). Ecological risk and pollution history of heavy metals in Nansha mangrove, South China. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 104(1), 143-151.
    DOI Scopus64 WoS59 Europe PMC15
    2013 Leung, Y. S., Shin, P. K. S., Qiu, J. W., Ang, P. O., Chiu, J. M. Y., Thiyagarajan, V., & Cheung, S. G. (2013). Physiological and behavioural responses of different life stages of a serpulid polychaete to hypoxia. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 477, 135-145.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS15
    2013 Shin, P. K. S., Leung, J. Y. S., Qiu, J. W., Ang, P. O., Chiu, J. M. Y., Thiyagarajan, V., & Cheung, S. G. (2013). Hypoxia induces abnormal larval development and affects biofilm-larval interaction in the serpulid polychaete Hydroides elegans. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 76(1-2), 291-297.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS8 Europe PMC2
    2013 Leung, J. Y. S., Cheung, S. G., Qiu, J. W., Ang, P. O., Chiu, J. M. Y., Thiyagarajan, V., & Shin, P. K. S. (2013). Effect of parental hypoxic exposure on embryonic development of the offspring of two serpulid polychaetes: Implication for transgenerational epigenetic effect. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 74(1), 149-155.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS7 Europe PMC1
    2013 Leung, J. Y. S., & Tam, N. F. Y. (2013). Influence of plantation of an exotic mangrove species, Sonneratia caseolaris (L.) Engl., on macrobenthic infaunal community in Futian Mangrove National Nature Reserve, China. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 448, 1-9.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS13
  • Books

    Year Citation
    Water Resources: Problem and Solution (n.d.). . OMICS International.
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  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Editor Oceans MDPI Switzerland
    2020 - ongoing Editor Frontiers in Marine Science Frontiers Switzerland

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