Office : Room 603, Department of Geography
Phone : 886-2-33665839
Website : Environmental Ecology Lab
My teaching and research interests span several broad and diverse areas including environmental toxicology, medical and health geography and environmental ecology. Much of my research, funded under a series of National Science Council projects, has been on the effects of endocrine disruptors. I am currently also involved in work on the ecological effects of urbanization. I also have an interest in medical geography. The diverse nature of my research is reflected in my training, as I have degrees in Geography (BS), Zoology (MS) and Environmental Toxicology (Ph. D).
Research interests: environmental toxicology and biological monitoring, ecological effects of urbanization, river ecosystem health
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana, USA (1996)
M..S Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA (1991)
B.S. National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan(1987)
More specific details of my research areas are as follows:
1. Persistent organic pollutants and emerging contaminants I am interested in a wide range of issues associated with the toxic effects of persistent organic pollutants, including hepatic inductions and endocrine effects of polychlorinated biphenols; hepatic inductions and reproductive effects of polybrominated diphenyl ether; the toxic effects of nonylphenol on aquatic animals, and the toxic effects of perfluorooctanoic acid on aquatic animals. To this end I have developed the Environmental Toxicology Laboratory at the Department of Geography, which has become a cutting-edge facility in Taiwan.
2. Bioindicators and environmental monitoring I have a strong interest in the use of bioindicators for environmental monitoring in Taiwan. More specific interests include: the application of developmental instability of crabs to coastal pollution; antioxidant enzyme induction of plants to air pollution; vitellogenin induction of male fish and endocrine disruptors.
3. Issues in environmental ecology I am also interested in how human activities or disturbance affect animal survival and distribution in Taiwan, such as urbanization effects on animal survival and distribution; impacts of land use changes on biodiversity.
4. Human health and the environment I am very interested in understanding the relationship between human health and global environmental change, especially the health effects of persistent organic pollutants. I also have strong interests in various other aspects of medical geography, including climate change and human health; emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases; and geographic diffusion of disease.
Urban Ecology and Environment
Ecological Issues in a Changing World
Critical Physical Geography
Introduction to Ecological Monitoring
Environmental Change and Disease
2012 Excellent Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan
2010 Excellent Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan
2009 Distinguished Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan
2007 Distinguished Teaching Award (University), NTU, Taiwan
2006 Excellent Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan
2004 Outstanding Teaching Award (University), NTU, Taiwan