Head of the Lab
Leszek Karczmarski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor: School of Biological Sciences
The Swire Institute of Marine Science
The University of Hong Kong
Director: Cetacea Research Institute
Selected Key Projects and Grants above US$50,000
2019 - 2021: Night-time distribution and abundance of Chinese white dolphins (Sousa chinensis) in Hong Kong waters: Conservation implications. (with SCY Chan and Y-W Ho). Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong (OPCFHK).
2019 - 2020: Conservation ecology of Chinese white dolphins across the Pearl River Estuary. Phase 3: Connectivity, metapopulation structure and source-sink dynamics. Marine Ecology Enhancement Fund.
2018 - 2019: Conservation ecology of Chinese white dolphins across the Pearl River Estuary. Phase 2 (cont.): Population parameters, demographic structure and habitat requirements. Marine Ecology Enhancement Fund.
2017 - 2019: Diurnal pattern of habitat use vs. anthropogenic noise in core areas of Chinese white dolphins (Sousa chinensis) and finless porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides) in Hong Kong waters (with T-H Lin of Academia Sinica, Taiwan & T. Akamatsu of Fisheries Research Agency, Japan). Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong (OPCFHK).
2016 - 2019: Tracing the demographic history of two sympatric cetaceans in the face of environmental change in the Pearl River Delta coastal ecosystem (with Wenzhi Lin). . Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (RGC-GRF: HKU 17163316M).
2017 - 2018: Conservation ecology of Chinese white dolphins across the Pearl River Estuary. Phase 2: Population parameters, socio-demographic structure and habitat requirements. Marine Ecology Enhancement Fund.
2015 - 2018: Habitat integrity and conservation ecology of a coastal delphinid: The Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin in anthropogenically degraded environments (with Shiang-Lin Huang). Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (RGC-GRF: HKU 17100015M).
2016 - 2017: Small cetacean conservation initiative: Population assessment and conservation status of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins across habitats and regions in Asia-Pacific and beyond: Phase 1. Ocean Park Corporation Research Fund.
2013 - 2017: Integrated ecological approach to the conservation of Chinese White Dolphins across the Pearl River Estuary. Corporate funding.
2015 - 2016: Delineating habitat and areas for the conservation of Chinese white dolphins in Hong Kong. WWF-Hong Kong.
2014 - 2016: Population-level surveys of Chinese white dolphins across the Pearl River Estuary: Population processes, demography and spatio-behavioural dynamic. Multiple Corporate Funding.
2013 - 2016: Population connectivity and barriers to gene flow in a mobile aquatic mammal: The Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin in coastal systems of Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan. Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (RGC-GRF: HKU 768913M).
2014 - 2015: Conservation by design: Establishing a framework for delphinid conservation in a tropical protected seascape, Tañon Strait, the Philippines. Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong (OPCFHK).
2013 - 2015: Animal behaviour, ecology and conservation: Biodiversity research through hands-on experiential learning. Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Fund.
2012 - 2015: Metapopulation dynamics of coastal and semi-pelagic dolphins: Evolutionary patterns vs. anthropogenic pressures in the archipelago system of Solomon Islands. Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (RGC-GRF: HKU 768511M).
2010 - 2014: South-East Asian training workshops in Marine Mammal Research Techniques. Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong (three consecutive follow-up grants).
2010 - 2013: Population structure and socio-behavioural dynamics of Chinese white dolphins (Sousa chinensis) in the Pearl River Estuary: A model system of a coastal delphinid. Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (RGC-GRF: HKU 768110M).
2004 - 2012: Long-term ecological monitoring program: Spinner dolphin community at Kure Atoll, far-western Hawaii (with C. Vanderlip). Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, State of Hawaii, USA; facility and research vessel support.
2009 - 2012: Population genetics of South African coastal delphinids (with K. Tolley & K. Gopal; South African National Biodiversity Institute). Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
2008 - 2010: Population ecology of Heaviside’s dolphins. The World Conservation Union, IUCN.
2008 - 2010: DISCOVERY: Database management system for mark-recapture photo-identification studies of free-ranging animals (with G. Gailey). National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa.
2007 - 2010: Population ecology of South African inshore delphinids: Establishing long-term database and comparative approach. National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa.
2007: Visiting Scholar. Delphinid and primate social ecology: A comparative framework (with J. Yamagiwa). Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
2001 - 2007: Population ecology of spinner dolphins in remote atolls of the far-western Hawaii. Homeland/Marisla Foundation.
2003 - 2006: Hawaiian spinner dolphins: Ecological studies in far-western Hawaii. Pacific Marine Life Foundation.
2001 - 2005: Ecology and conservation of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in southern Mozambique (with A.T. Guissamulo). Society for Marine Mammalogy, German Dolphin Conservation Society and Save our Seas Foundation.
2004 - 2005: Dynamics of spinner dolphin societies: How much fission-fusion is there? National Geographic Society.
2004: Genetic structure of Hawaiian spinner dolphins: Research expedition across the Hawaiian island chain. Private donation (Mr. R. Robbins, The Robbins Group, Seattle, Washington, USA); support of research vessel and operational expenses.
2003 - 2004: Conservation by design: The science and practice of protecting inshore delphinids in equatorial East Africa. Sea World & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund.
2002: Spinner dolphins in the northwestern Hawaiian region: reconnaissance population assessment at French Frigate Shoals. Algalita Marine Research Foundation, support of research vessel and operational expenses.
2001 - 2003: Dynamics of spinner dolphin societies: a multi-habitat approach. National Geographic Society.
© Cynthia Vanderlip
© Leszek Karczmarski
© Leszek Karczmarski
Mammalian Population Ecology: Processes that determine population structure, geographic fidelity, spatiotemporal dynamics and habitat relationships.
Cetacean Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology: Behavioural processes that shape intra- and inter-group dynamics and social structure; how they relate to environmental factors and influence broader population structure.
Comparative Socio-Ecology: Odontocete social strategies and socio-behavioural complexity; how they evolved and how they compare to other known mammalian systems. Comparative socio-ecology of group living mammals.
Delphinid Conservation Ecology: Ecological and socio-demographic processes that determine population viability; application of empirical studies of population ecology in the development of management strategies.
Spatio-Behavioural Approaches to Conservation: How anthropogenic pressures influence socio-spatial dynamics and behavioural processes of individuals/populations; mitigation strategies to minimize the negative effects of ecological disturbance.