Alex Yeung


Our understanding of ecology is rapidly evolving in the face of rapid environmental change, and working towards informing conservation and resource management policies with newly synthesized knowledge is my biggest motivation of pursuing a Ph.D. in John Richardson’s lab. I graduated in May 2019, and am currently an aquatic biologist at the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development (South Coast), BC.

My Ph.D. research addresses the responses of the indicators of aquatic ecosystem services to natural and human disturbances in forested headwater streams, particularly organic matter and nutrient processing. As I was within the NSERC Canadian Network for Aquatic Ecosystem services (CNAES), I collaborated with scholars and students on projects undertaken at broad geographic scales, which sought to benefit future management of forest and water resources in Canada. In addition, I have begun to more actively communicate research findings with the general public. Examples include field assistance provided to a study of ecosystem service recovery in coastal rainforests (see descriptions), and sharing my work in the form of a science communication video and guided tour to UBC Forestry alumni.

I have been invited as an ad hoc reviewer for Aquatic Ecology, Austral Ecology, Ecology, Journal of Environmental Management, Freshwater ScienceHydrobiologiaJournal of Molluscan Studies, Limnology, Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, PLOS OneScience of the Total Environment, and Zoological Studies (see my Publon profile). I previously served as a social media manager on the Student Resources Committee of the Society for Freshwater Science, and ran a blog of bibliographic links to early view articles in freshwater sciences.

In 2015, I was offered the NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (CGS D) and the Killam Doctoral Scholarship (in title), which are among the top graduate awards available in Canada and at UBC respectively.


14. Yeung, A.C.Y., Stenroth, K., Richardson, J.S. (2019). Modelling biophysical controls on stream organic matter standing stocks under a range of forest harvesting impacts. Limnologica, 78, 125714 (Link).

13. Yeung, A.C.Y., Kreutzweiser, D.P., Richardson, J.S. (2019). Stronger effects of litter origin on the processing of conifer than broadleaf leaves: a test of home‐field advantage of stream litter breakdown. Freshwater Biology, 64, 1755-1768 (Link).

12. Yeung, A.C.Y. Paltsev, A., Daigle, A., Duinker, P.N., Creed, I.F. (2019). Atmospheric change as a driver of change in the Canadian boreal zone. Environmental Reviews, 27, 346-376 (Link).

11. Yeung, A.C.Y. (2018). Promoting environmental conservation one stamp at a time. Biodiversity and Conservation, 27, 3843-3844 (Link).

10. Sutherland, I.J., Villamagna, A.M., Ouellet Dallaire, C., Bennett, E.M., Chin, A.T.M., Yeung, A.C.Y., Tomscha, S.A., Lamothe, K.A., Cormier, R. (2018). Undervalued and under pressure: a plea for greater attention toward regulating ecosystem services. Ecological Indicators, 94, 23-32 (Link).

9. Yeung, A.C.Y., Musetta-Lambert, J.L., Kreutzweiser, D.P., Sibley, P.K., Richardson, J.S. (2018). Relations of interannual differences in stream litter breakdown with discharge: bioassessment implications. Ecosphere, 9, e02423 (Link).

8. Yeung, A.C.Y., Richardson, J.S. (2018). Expanding resilience comparisons to address management needs: a response to Ingrisch and Bahn. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 33, 647-649 (Link).

7. Yeung, A.C.Y. (2018). Arctic nations must adopt renewables to adapt to thaw. Nature, 557, 166 (Link).

6. Yeung, A.C.Y., Lecerf A., Richardson, J.S. (2017). Assessing the long-term ecological effects of riparian management practices on headwater streams in a coastal temperate rainforest. Forest Ecology and Management, 384, 100-109 (Link).

5. Yeung, A.C.Y., Richardson, J.S. (2016). Some conceptual and operational considerations when measuring ‘resilience’: a response to Hodgson et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31, 2-3 (Link).

4. Yeung, A.C.Y., Dudgeon, D. (2015). Do adult snails in headwater streams make upstream migrations to compensate for spate-induced washout? A test using three populations of a tropical caenogastropod. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 81, 417-420 (Link).

3. Yeung, A.C.Y., Dudgeon, D. (2014). Limited life-history variations in a tropical stream caenogastropod, Sulcospira hainanensis, in habitats with contrasting resource availability. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 80, 190-197 (Link).

2. Yeung, A.C.Y., Dudgeon, D. (2014). Production and population dynamics of the prosobranch snail Sulcospira hainanensis (Pachychilidae), a major secondary consumer in Hong Kong streams. Hydrobiologia, 724, 21-39 (Link).

1. Yeung, A.C.Y., Dudgeon, D. (2013). A manipulative study of macroinvertebrate grazers in Hong Kong streams: do snails compete with insects?. Freshwater Biology, 58, 2299-2309 (Link).


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