Associate Professor School of Environmental Science and Engineering

Luke is a conservation biologist from California now living in China. His research is centered in Asia, where he has been working since 2005 and which hosts the highest levels of endemism and the largest human populations. He studies fragmentation, green energy development, and wildlife trade, identifying the scenarios under which biodiversity suffers - or, in some cases, thrives - from such enterprises. He received his PhD from the National University of Singapore. He is a Young Thousand Talents Program scholar, and joined SUSTech’s School of Environmental Science and Engineering in 2017. He teaches Ecology on our Planet and Conservation in the Anthropocene to the next generation of Chinese scientists, business leaders, and policymakers, who will play a disproportionately large role in the future of our planet.

Personal Profile

Education
2010-2014 PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore
2007-2010 MSc, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego
2001-2005 BA, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
 
Employment History
2017-present Associate Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology
2014-2017 Research Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
 
Academic Awards
2018 Peacock Plan for Overseas High-level Talents, Shenzhen Municipal Government
2017 Young 1000 Talents Program, China National Government
2015 Wang Gung Wu Medal & Prize
2015 World Future Foundation PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research
2013 President’s Graduate Fellowship, National University of Singapore
2012 Best Graduate Researcher Award, National University of Singapore Department of Biological Sciences
2012 Top Graduate Researcher Award, National University of Singapore Faculty of Science

Research

1. Fragmentation

2. Wildlife trade

3. Threatened Species

4. Green energy


Teaching

1.Introduction to Ecology

2.Global biodiversity conservation


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1. Peacock Plan for Overseas High-level Talents, Shenzhen Municipal Government (2018)

2. Young 1000 Talents Program, China National Government (2017)

3. Wang Gung Wu Medal & Prize (2015)

4. World Future Foundation PhD Prize in Environmental and Sustainability Research (2015)

5. President’s Graduate Fellowship, National University of Singapore (2013)

6. Best Graduate Researcher Award, National University of Singapore Department of Biological Sciences (2012)

7. Top Graduate Researcher Award, National University of Singapore Faculty of Science (2012)

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  • Professor Zheng Yi wins CSNR Outstanding Science and Technology Award

    On September 21st, the China Society for Natural Resources (CSNR) held its 2019 Academic Annual Meeting at Ningxia University. Professor Zheng Yi from the School of Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) won this year’s “Outstanding Science and Technology Award.” The CSNR Outstanding Science and Technology Award was […]

    2019-09-30
  • Professor Chunmiao Zheng elected AGU Fellow

    Professor Chunmiao Zheng from the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), according to its official announcement on August 15. Among the 2019 class of AGU Fellows are 62 distinguished earth and space scientists from around the […]

    2019-08-16

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Spurred by China’s strategic needs for better environmental protection, Southern University of Science and Technology established the School of Environmental Science and Engineering (“School of Environment”) in May 2015. Professor Chunmiao Zheng, an internationally renowned expert in the field of groundwater research,  is the founding Dean of the School. The School’s faculty conduct cutting-edge research on water resources and water quality, soil science and remediation, air pollution control, industrial ecology, global environmental change and related areas. The School also aims to develop advanced technologies to meet urgent societal needs, such as novel wastewater treatment and desalination technologies, energy-saving and emission reduction technologies, and environmental remote sensing technologies.

I. Development Objectives

A leading school for training and cultivating future talents and the next generation of leaders in the field of environmental science and engineering;

A world-class environmental research center of excellence;

A national platform for development and industrialization of advanced environmental technologies.

II. Faculty

The School is recruiting an outstanding faculty globally. Currently, the School has 26 full-time faculty members and six visiting faculty members. Among the full-time faculty members, 10 are professors, 6 associate professors, and 9 assistant professors. The faculty have received numerous honors and distinctions. Among them, one is fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), two recipients of the Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), one recipient of the State Council Special Allowance, one recipient of the National High-level Personnel of Special Support Program, two recipients of the Outstanding Young Investigator (junior level) Award from NSFC. All faculty members have prior experiences studying and/or working abroad.

III. Education

Educational Goals: To cultivate environmental research and management talents with innovative spirit, global perspective and multidisciplinary academic training.

Undergraduate Programs: The School has two undergraduate degree programs officially approved by the Ministry of Education: Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) and Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering (HWR). The undergraduate education at the School is characterized by its emphasis on solid academic preparation and innovation of engineering and science. The two degree programs have their unique features as well. ESE emphasizes the nexus of resources, environment and socio-economic development, as well as the development of new environmental industries, products and services. HWR emphasizes integrated surface water-groundwater research and management, as well as water science from molecular to global scales. The first class of about 40 students have joined the ESE program since September 2016. About 60 students are expected to join the two degree programs in September 2017.

IV. Research

The School’s research priorities include hydrology and water resources, environmental biogeochemistry, water pollution and treatment, soil and groundwater remediation, solid waste disposal and utilization, atmospheric chemistry and pollution control, ecological system assessment, environmental remote sensing, and global environmental change. We welcome talented faculty and students in these fields from all over the world to join the School, work with us to build a world-class multi-disciplinary environmental research center of excellence, and contribute to the solution of global environmental problems.

Engineering Technology Innovation Center (Beijing)

With its reliance on Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering of SUSTech and close studies of the current conditions of China’s environmental protection and the industry’s features, SUSTech Engineering Technology Innovation Center (Beijing) is dedicated to bridging the gap between scientific results and their industrial applications and to benefiting social development, creating work opportunities both for teachers and students as well as generating profits for enterprises. By bringing the scientific results into social, industrial and open applications effectively through working jointly with the academic circle and the industrial circle, we will make the innovation center an international innovative platform for environment protection. 

The work scope of the center: to develop key environment protection technologies and promote their engineering development and systematic integration as well as their demonstrative application and industrialization; to participate in the formulation of environment protection policies, standards and technological guidelines in China and provide technical support and services for national environment management, supervision and decision making; to offer professional training for students, professionals and key technicians of companies and to build a platform for international cooperation in environment protection-related researches, study and applications.

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Contact Address

1088 Xueyuan Blvd., Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518055, China

Office Phone

0755-88018051

Email

biodiversity@sustech.edu.cn

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