Education Ph.D. Biodiversity Conservation, July 2012 School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
B.Sc. Environmental Life Science, June 2007. Department of Ecology and Biodiversity, The University of Hong Kong
Working Experience Research Assistant Professor (July 2018-present), School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong.
Lecturer (August 2014–June 2018), Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University. Teach courses related to environmental science and ecology for Master and Undergraduate programs
Conservation Officer (November 2011–July 2014), Kadoorie Conservation China, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden. Manage biodiversity conservation projects and conduct ecological research in China. Research Assistant (June 2006–August 2006), Department of Ecology and Biodiversity, The University of Hong Kong. Assist ecological research.
Teaching Experience Lecturer (2014–2018), Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University Courses taught:
MSc in Environmental and Public Health Management Sustainable Management System (2014–2018) Principles of Environmental Management (2014–present) Carbon and Energy Management (2014–2018)
BSc in Applied Biology Ecology (2014–2018) Introduction to Environmental Sciences (2014–2018) Introduction to Biology (2017–2018)
General Education for undergraduate students You and Your Environment (2014–2018) You and Your Health (2017–2018)
Funded Grant Proposal Seed Fund for Basic Research, The University of Hong Kong, “Chemical communication in freshwater turtles”, HKD148,980. Yik-Hei Sung, Simon Sin, 2019-2020.
Ocean Park Conservation Fund, “Conservation genomics of the critically endangered golden coin turtle (Cuora trif asciata) and application to ex-situ breeding and wildlife DNA forensics", HKD599,722. Jonathan Fong, Yik-Hei Sung, 2018-2020.
Environment and Conservation Fund, Hong Kong Government, “Filling the knowledge gap - Current status of endangered freshwater turtles”, HKD497,720. Yik-Hei Sung, Jonathan Fong, Caroline Dingle, Ricky Spencer; 2018–2020.
Ocean Park Conservation Fund, “Safeguarding endangered turtle populations in Hong Kong”, HKD576,960. Yik-Hei Sung, Jonathan Fong; 2017–2019.
Environment and Conservation Fund, Hong Kong Government, “Impacts of Alien Herpetofauna on the Local Ecosystem in Hong Kong”, HKD367,480. Yik-Hei Sung; 2016–2017. Ocean Park Conservation Fund, “Conservation of Endangered Freshwater Turtles in Hong Kong”, HKD311,370. Yik-Hei Sung, Nancy Karraker; 2015–2017.
Publications Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (Asterisks denote corresponding authors) Sung, Y.H.* , Fong, J.J. 2018. Assessing consumer trends and illegal activity by monitoring the online wildlife trade. Biological Conservation 227:219-225. Lyu, Z.T., Wu, J., Wang, J., Sung, Y.H., Liu, Z., Zeng, Z., Wang, X., Li, Y.Y. & Wang, Y.Y.* 2018. A new species of Amolops (Anura: Ranidae) from southwestern Guangdong, China. Zootaxa 4418:562–576..
Sung, Y.H.*, Lee, W.H., Ng, H.N., Zhang, Y. & Yang, J.H. 2018. A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Hong Kong. Zootaxa 4392:361–373.
Sung, Y.H., Tse, I.W.L. & Yu, Y.T.* 2018. Population trends of the Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor: analysis of data from international synchronized censuses. Bird Conservation International 28:157–167.
Fong, J.J., Sung, Y.H. 2017. Shells in trouble—turtle ecology, conservation, and the Asian Turtle Crisis. Frontiers for Young Minds 5: 68.
Lai, K.M.*, Sung, Y.H. & Ma, K.K. 2017. Viable airborne microbial counts from air-cooling units with and without complaints of urine and body odors. Aerobiologia 33:229–241.
Hudson, L.N., Newbold, T., Contu, S., [et al. including Sung, Y.H.] 2017. The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) project. Ecology and Evolution 7:145–188.
Sung, Y.H.*, Hau, B.C.H., Karraker, N.E. 2016. Diet of the endangered big-headed turtle Platysternon megacephalum. PeerJ 4:e2784.
Sung, Y.H., Hu, P., Wang, J., Liu, H.J. & Wang, Y.Y.* 2016. A new species of Amolops (Anura: Ranidae) from southern China. Zootaxa. 4170:525–538.
Lee, W.H., Lau, M.W.N., Lau, A., Rao, D.Q., Sung, Y.H.* 2016. Introduction of Eleutherodactylus planirostris (Amphibia, Anura, Eleutherodactylidae) to Hong Kong. Acta Herpetologica. 11:85–89.
Wan, J.P.H., Chan, B.P.L., Liao, C., Mi, H., Lau, M., Li, F., Wang, H. & Sung, Y.H.* 2015. Conservation status of freshwater turtles in Hainan Island, China: interviews and field surveys at Yinggeling Nature Reserve. 14:100–103.
Sung, Y.H.*, Hau, B.C.H., & Karraker, N.E. 2015. Spatial ecology of endangered big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum): implications of its vulnerability to illegal trapping. Journal of Wildlife Management. 79:537–543.
Sung, Y.H.*, Hau, B.C.H & Karraker, N.E. 2015. Growth rate and an evaluation of age estimation for the endangered Big-headed Turtle (Platysternon megacephalum) in China. Journal of Herpetology. 49:99–103.
Sung, Y.H., Yang, J.H. & Wang, Y.Y.* 2014. A new species of Leptolalax (Anura: Megophryidae) from southern China. Asian Herpetological Research. 5:80–90.
Hudson, L.N.*, Newbody, T.*, Contu, S., [et al. including Sung, Y.H.] 2014. The PREDICTS database: A global database of how local terrestrial biodiversity responds to human impacts. Ecology and Evolution 4:4701–4735. Liao, C.L., Chan, B.P.L., Sung, Y.H.* & Wang H.S. 2014. Altitudinal range and reproduction of the Hainan endemic treefrog, Rhacophorus yinggelingensis Chou, Lau & Chan, 2007. Herpetozoa. 27:91–94.
Nakano, T.* & Sung,Y.H. 2014. A New Host Record for Tritetrabdella taiwana (Hirudinida: Arhynchobdellida: Haemadipsidae) from the Asian Painted Frog Kaloula pulchra (Anura: Microhylidae) in Hong Kong, China, with a Taxonomic Note on T. taiwana. Comparative Parasitology. 81:125–129.
Lu, G., Lin, J., Li, F., Li, H., Ng, C.Y., Chan, B.P.L. & Sung, Y.H.* 2014. Calidris melanotos Observed at Dongzhaigang, Hainan. Chinese Journal of Zoology. 49:232.
Sung Y.H.*, Karraker, N.E. & Hau, B.C.H. 2013. Demographic evidence of illegal harvesting of an endangered Asian turtle. Conservation Biology. 27:1421–1428.
Yang, J.H.*, Sung, Y.H. & Chan B.P.L. 2013. A new species of the genus Opisthotropis Günther, 1872 (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae) from Guangdong Province, China. Zootaxa. 3646:289–296.
Chen, T.B., Sung, Y.H., Chan, B.P.L., Meng, Y.J. & Wan, P.H.* 2013. Influence of surface water availability on mammal distributions in Nonggang National Nature Reserve, Guangxi, China. Zoological Research. 34:145–151. (In Chinese)
Wang, Y.Y.*, Zhang, T.D., Zhao, J., Sung, Y.H., Yang, J.H., Pang, H. & Zhang, Z. 2012. Description of a new species of the genus Xenophrys Günther, 1864 (Amphibia: Anura: Megophryidae) from Mount Jinggang, China, based on molecular and morphological data. Zootaxa. 3546:53–67.
Bursey, C.R., Sung, Y.H. & Goldberg, S.R.* 2012. New species of Falcaustra (Nematoda: Kathlaniidae) in Platysternon megacephalum (Testudines: Platysternidae) from China. Journal of Parasitology. 98:569–571.
Sung, Y.H.*, Karraker, N.E. & Hau, B.C.H. 2012. Terrestrial herpetofaunal assemblages in secondary forests and exotic Lophostemon confertus plantations in South China. Forest Ecology and Management. 270:71–77.
Sung, Y.H.*, Karraker, N.E. & Hau, B.C.H. 2011. Evaluation of the effectiveness of three survey methods for sampling terrestrial herpetofauna in South China. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 6:479–489.
Awards Award of Excellence by Teaching Assistant 2010-2011, Faculty of Science, The University of Hong Kong.
Honorable Mention for Best Student Paper in Conservation, 2011 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 2011
Best Student Presentation Award (Biology Paper), Turtle Survival Alliance and IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtles Specialist Group, 8th Annual Symposium, Orlando, Florida, August 2010.
Professional Service Member, IUCN Species Survival Commission Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles Specialist Group
Associate Editor, Aquatic Invasions, BioInvasions Records and Herpetological Conservation and Biology
Member, Advisory Council on the Environment, Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong SAR Government
Member, Endangered Species Advisory Committee, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong Government
Licensed bird ringer, issued by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong Government
Member, Black-faced Spoonbill research group, Hong Kong Bird Watching Society
Technical Advisor, Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation
Scientific Advisory Committee, Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong
Member of Management Committee, Institute of Bioresource and Agriculture, Hong Kong Baptist University
Ad-hoc reviewer of manuscripts for: Aquatic Invasions, Behavioral Processes, Chelonian Conservation and Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Herpetologica, Herpetological Conservation and Biology, Journal of Herpetology, North-Western Journal of Zoology, The Egyptian Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, Zookeys, Zoological Research