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Research that links conservation, scientific advancement, animal welfare and education

© Eszter Matrai

Team

The team

Our team, EszterMatraiLab, consists of a small group of scientists working outside of the academic environment. We strongly believe in the value of bridging science, conservation, animal welfare and education through ex-situ research as modern zoos and aquariums play a key role in training the next generation of scientists, conservationists and educators.

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DR. Eszter Matrai
Senior Research Fellow

Over the past 12 years, I have been fortunate to work in the research team of Ocean Park Hong Kong designing and developing ex-situ research studies. With the help of our interns and volunteers, we are currently working with multiple marine and terrestrial species, focusing on activity monitoring, behavioural pattern analysis and the use of cognitive enrichments.

For more details on our work please take a look at our publications.

ResearchGate site

Besides leading the research team at Ocean Park Hong Kong, I am also a founder of an eco-dive team Tursiopsdivers, dedicated to ocean cleanup and conservation.

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Shaw Ting KWOK
Research Associate

Rick graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor's degree in marine science and joined our research team in 2016. Besides training and coordinating our interns and volunteers, Rick's area of speciality involves data analysis and behavioural coding.

ResearchGate site

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Zi ying tan
Researcher Assistant

Iris is a graduate student at The University of  Hong Kong, who joined our research team in 2020 first as a part-time then as a full-time intern. Iris is currently focusing on the Giant panda study.

ResearchGate site

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Fung Ming LeunG
Student Researcher

Ming is a graduate student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She also joined our research team in 2019 participating in all on-going research studies and remained on board since then. Her help has been invaluable in assisting with the training of new interns and volunteers, preparing and coordinating research sessions. Ming's area of speciality includes the Arapaima and the Manta ray behavioural studies.

ResearchGate site

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MING HIN TSE
Student Researcher

Ada is a graduate student at the Hong Kong Baptist University. She joined our research team in 2021 participating in all on-going research studies. Ada remained on board after the three-month internship and has been assisting with the training of new interns and volunteers. Her main focus is on the Arctic Fox behavioural study.

ResearchGate site

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Rick Lui Shu Ho
Student Researcher

Rick is a graduate student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He joined our research team in 2021, and his main area of focus is dolphin behavioural analysis and coding.

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Alumni

2023

Avellina Leong             
Chi Ching Cheng    
Ching Yee Wong, Cherie
Ching Yin Ho, Daisy
Chun Him Tam    
Eleanor Salisbury    
Fai Kwan Lim, Sunny
Hing Lam Leung
Hoi Ching Poon, Phoebe    
Hoi Tung Kok, Ashley    
Hon Lam Ng, Kiran    
Hsieh Tsz Fung    
Jeongann Song    
Joie Kong Ling Ci    
Ka Tsun Ng, Nick
King Ki Fung, Ricky    
Lok Yin Tang, Sylvia    
Man Him So, Jordan    
Pak Yan Kwan, Alisha    
Tsui Hoi Kwan    
Wai Ling Shek    
Wing Ki Wong    
Wing Yi Mak, Minnie
Wing Yin Lee, Vivian    
Wing Yiu Tang, Regina
Yan Sze Chan    
Yi Sum Lai, Luna
Yin Chun Wong, Audrey
Yin Wai Wong    
Yu Jie Ong    
Yue-Pei Lee, Hilton    
Yuen Tim Tang, Rosalyn

 

2022

Adwika Rag
Chelsea H. DU
Chi Biu Chan, Billy
Chi Wing Leung
Chun Yau Chan, Oscar
Emilia Vamosi
Furtado Fernandes Andrik Peter
Hin Yung Kong, Ian
Hing Lam Leung
Ho Cheong Hui, Adrain
Horace Lam
Hui Yan Tjon, Annabel
Juwon Kang
Kai Yan Lee, Kathy
Nga Man Li, Anthea
Oi Ying Lui, Tiffany
Pak Hei Lee, Rex
Pan Hau
Richard Chi Hong Tse
San Tung Wong, Emily
Shu Ho Lui, Rick
Szamira Kurdi
Sze Chai Helen Wong
Tae Eun Kim
Tsung Man Kwong
Tsz Man Leung, Kristy
Wei Kwan Lee, Elva
Wing Chi Chiu
Wing Ting Shiu, Verna
Yee Ching Wong, Amy
Yin Hei Chan, Angus

 

2021

Cheuk Tik Pang, Derrick

Chi Fung Yeung, Vinicius

Ching Yan Leung, Minnie

Chit Him Shiu, Kevin

Danielle Klappstein

Fong Ching Ma, Floria

Fong Chun Tang, Ricky

Hiu Lam Lui, Hilary

Ho Man Leung, Miki

Hoi Ching Leung, Jovana

King Ho Ng, Chris

King Kin Lam, Keith

Lee Pui Yi, Anneena

Lok Hei Siu, Marissa

Man Chuen Sze, Kernel

Ming Hin Tse, Ada

Ngan Fu Ting, Hugo

Pui Ching Leung, Phoebe

Pui Hing Fan, Shania 

Sin Mei Wong, Michelle

Sophie Bater

Sze Ki Wong, Michelle

Sze Tung Ngai, Daisy

Tsz Ching Cheng, Christy 

Tsz Ching Yau, Jasmine

Tsz Kiu Ho, Zoie

Tsz Shun Wong, Barbie

Tsz YingTsang, Ivy 

Vanessa

Virag Varga

Wai Ching Wong, Peony

Wai Ki Li, Vicki

Yee Nam Yu, Erin

Yu Kwan Chu, Tiffany

Yu Sze Yeung, Eve

Yuen Ching Wong, Hailey

Yuen Tung Li, Yolanda

Yuk Ki Tse 

2020

Cheuk Sing Cheng, Aris
Chun Hei Lei, Tony
Chun Him Lui, Zeta
Dwi Wai Shan, Jaimie
Ella Cherring
Fu Ting Ngan, Hugo
Hau Ching Luk, Hannah
Hei Yeung Chik, Natasha
Hei Yu Lai, Ariel
Hiu Hing Chan
Ho Bun Yu, Orca
Ho Yuan Lee, Alan
Hoi Ching Lam
Hoi Tung Chow, Highton
Hoi Ying Chung, Candice
Ka Man Lau, Sandy
Ka Ying Wong, Christy
Keila Valery Juganda 
Kit Ying Tam, Yanie
Kwan Wa Wong, Monarca
Ling Kak Lee, Ruth
Lok Hang Wu, Donald
Lok Yee Fung, Natalie

Man Leong Law, Cyrus

Man Sum Tong, Michelle 
Mei Yan Low, Megan
Pak Wa Ho, Monoceros
Paolo Miguel Magallanes Mallorca
Pik Tung Mak, Angel
Ruoyi Wang, Zoe

Shirley Wong
Sin Mei Wong, Michelle
Siu Lung Chan, Jacky
Sum Ming Chim, Afon
Sze Ki Wong, Michelle
Sze Wing Lok, Grace
Wai Ching Wong, Peony
Wai Ki Li, Vicki  
Wing Chi Leung, Stella

Wing In Wong, Natalie
Wing Shing Yam, Vincent
Wing Tan Yuen, Tenni
Wing Ting Leung, Alice
Wing Tung Lau, Ashley
Wing Wong, Nicole

Wing Yan Yip, Gena
Winky Mok
Yan Chit Kam
Yee Nam Yu, Erin
Yee Wa Lo, Eva
Ying Ting Ng, Nicole
Yu Wai Tong, Cyrena
Yuang Yang
Yue Zhang, Luna
Yuen Ching Wong, Hailey
Yuen Tung Li, Yolanda
Yuen Yi Au, Jamie  
Yuet Sum Chan, Stephanie

2019

Callista Huang
Chi Chung Chin, Matchy
Chi Nok Wan, Billy
Chun Him Lui, Zeta
Chun Wai Mui, Jason
Devi Natalie Nadjaja
Dong Yue, Della
Evan Lo
Hei Yu Lai, Ariel
Ho Bun Yu, Orca
Indhu Lekka Kakarla
Ka Ho Tang, Jason
Ka Lee Kwok, Kelly
Kong Jaing Lee, Charles
Ling Kak Lee, Ruth
Ming Yi Tse
Paolo Miguel Mallorca
Pik Tung Mak, Angel
Siu Lung Chan, Jacky
Sophie Szeto
Sze Wing Lok, Grace
Timothy Yuen
Tsoi Shan Sit, Nicole
Wai Kwan Chiu, Louis
Wai Sum Cheung, Mandy
Wai Yan Lo, Kapher
Winona Lo

2018

Elim Kwok
Gina So
Hiu Ching Fung, Natasha
Hui Yi Shen, Sarah
Isobel Carr
Kar Yin Au, Michelle
Lok Yin Chan, Rain
Ngo Hin Chung, Nick
Rebecca Fung
Sum Yin Sim, Sammi
Tsz Ying Lau, Woody
Weikat Quek
Yick Hung, Aaron
Yin Man Ho, Vivienne
Yuan Jie Ng, Marshall
Yui Ning Lee, Ally

 

 

2017

Amalia Kroch

AnnaLeah Larson

Christie Leung

Chun Yin Lau, Alex

Derek Kwan

Emese Zsille

Evian Chau

Jenny Leung

Jessica Li

Jessie Wong

Kung Wong, Ally

On Ying Wong, Yuki

Rachel Lau

Raina Fan

Wendy Lee

Wing Yi Ng, Apple

Wing Yin Au, Karyn

2016

Andy Ip
Benjamin Ho
Esther Sivaprakasam
Hoi Ching Lee, Tiffany
Shiu Tsun Wong, Nicholas
Terri Yiu
Tom Cheung
Wing Sze Chan, Charlie
Yee Ki Woo

2015

Carolyn Shaw
Cheng Yee Tan, Cheryl
Cheuk Yiu Fung, Eric
Danielle Marie Yuen
Doris Woo
Hok Wun Liu, Angie
Mandy Cheung
Pui Ying Mang, Pinky
Rachel Erwin
Shi Yi Wee, Crystle
Sridharan Sheeraja
Wan Jie Gan, Michelle
Wen Nam Tan

2014

Bullen Andrea Michelle
Chu Quan Ng, Sofina
Goldia Chan
Ka Lai Yuen, Kylie
Kai Jie Chua
Kar Long Leung
Karina Lam
Kathy Black
Luca Hertfelder
Nikolett Varga
Shi Min Poh, Tricia
Sze Li Yap, Sharlene
Yijie Ong, Philbert
Yu Wai Tong, Cyrena

2013

Huey Ying Ong, Marion
Huiqi Peh, Hazel
Julianne Yip
Junning Chang
Leanne Hubbard
Po Ying Chui, RJ
Pui Yan Yuen, Steffie
Samuel James Welch
Sarah Lavin
Sharna Schmith

2012

Alice Tse
Boon Hong Ng
Casey Leung
Casper J. Potter
Daniel P. Grainger
Deborah Felicia Tan Li Ling
Dina Nisthar
Ivan Duong
Wing Ka Cheung, Janice
Ye Yang Tan

 

2011

Ho Sing Leung, Derek
Jessie Stoneman
Kristin Groenvold
Ling Eh Koh 
Pei Rong Cheo 
Siu Lung Tam, Davy 
Sonia Lam
Xu Xuan Chiu, Rachel

2010

Andy Burden
Kelsey Jean Gapstur
Natalie Tegtman

Collaborators

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Dr. Akos Pogany

Senior lecturer – Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

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Website

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Dr. Paolo Martelli, DVM, CertZooMed

Director of Veterinary Services

Ocean Park, Hong Kong

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Dr. Sarah Churgin, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, CVA

Veterinarian – Veterinary Department, Ocean Park, Hong Kong

ResearchGate site

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Dr. Peter Pongracz

Associate professor - Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

ResearchGate site

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Dr. chong wei

Forrest Postdoctoral Fellow - Centre for Marine Science and Technology, Curtin University, Bentley, Australia

ResearchGate site

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Dr. Xiao alan lin

Postdoctoral Fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA

ResearchGate site

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Luk Wing San, Winson

Director of Luk Advisor Limited 

Hong Kong

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Attila Aradi

Doctoral candidate, University of Miskolc, Hungary

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