Research interests:

Marine biogeochemistry (nutrient, oxygen and carbon cycling) and microbial loop.

Ocean warming and acidification effects on coral calcification and photosynthesis


2004 to 2008

Ph.D under the supervision of Professor Paul J Harrison, AMCE Program, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology


Research student, Lab of Tropical Marine Ecology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology


BS, Biological engineering, Nanchang University



Visiting scholar, The University of Georgia, Marine Science Department, research group of Wei-Jun Cai

2011/11 to present

Associate scientist, Key Laboratory of Marine Bio-resources Sustainable Utilization, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology

2008/10 to 2011/11

Assistant research scientist, State Key Lab of Oceanography in the Tropics, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2008/4 to 2009/9

Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Paul J Harrison, AMCE Program, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology


Ø  Zhou W, Liao J, Guo Y, Yuan X, Huang H (2017). "High dark carbon fixation in the tropical South China Sea." Continental Shelf Research.

Ø  Yuan, XC, et al. (2016). "Bacterial influence on chromophoric dissolved organic matter in coastal waters of the northern South China Sea." Aquatic Microbial Ecology 76(3): 207-217.

Ø  Yuan, XC., et al. (2016). "Long-term variations in oxygen in sub-tropical coastal waters: Influence of sewage effluent." Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management

Ø  Huang, H., Yuan, XC.*, Cai, W.J., Zhang, C.L., Li, X.B., Liu, S. Positive and negative responses of coral calcification to elevated pCO2: case studies of Acropora nasuta and Pocillopora damicornis and the implications of their responses. Marine Ecology-Progress Series, doi: 10.3354/meps10720. 2014.

Ø  Yuan XC, Glibert P M, Xu J, Liu H, Chen M, Liu H, Yin K, Harrison P J. 2012. Inorganic and organic nitrogen uptake by phytoplankton and bacteria in Hong Kong waters. Estuaries and Coasts, 35: 325-334.

Ø  Yuan XC, Yin K, Harrison P J, Zhang J. 2011. Phytoplankton are more tolerant to UV than bacteria and viruses in the northern South China Sea. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 65: 117-128.

Ø  Yuan XC, He L, Yin K, Pan G, Harrison P J. 2011. Bacterial distribution and nutrient limitation in relation to different water masses in the coastal and northwestern South China Sea in late summer. Continental Shelf Research, 31: 1214-1223.

Ø  Yuan XC, Yin K, Cai W, Ho A Y T, Xu J, Harrison P J. 2011. Influence of seasonal monsoons on net primary production and CO2  in subtropical Hong Kong coastal waters, Biogeosciences, 8: 289-300.

Ø  Yuan XC, Yin K, Harrison P J, He L, Xu J. 2010. Variations in apparent oxygen utilization and effects of P addition on bacterial respiration in subtropical Hong Kong waters. Estuaries and coasts, doi: 10.1007/s12237-010-9329-7.

Ø  Yuan XC, Yin K, Harrison P J, Cai W, He L, Xu J. 2010. Bacterial production and respiration in sub-tropical Hong Kong waters: influence of the Pearl River discharge and sewage impacts. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 58: 167-179.

Ø  Yuan XC, Yin K, Zhou W, Cao W, Xu X, Zhao D. 2007. Effects of ultraviolet radiation B (UV-B) on photosynthesis of natural phytoplankton assemblages in a marine bay in Southern China. Chinese Science Bulletin, 52(4): 545-552.



黄宝威  硕士研究生  085238-生物工程  

廖健祖  硕士研究生  085238-生物工程  

郭亚娟  硕士研究生  077601-环境科学  

梁宇娴  硕士研究生  085238-生物工程  

张喆  硕士研究生  085229-环境工程  

何茜  硕士研究生  070703-海洋生物学  


宋严  硕士研究生  085700-资源与环境  

朱晴  硕士研究生  085700-资源与环境  

唐硕  硕士研究生  085701-环境工程