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I am an aquatic scientist with keen interests in plankton ecology and biogeochemistry in both marine and freshwater environments. Plankton, which include viruses, bacteria, phytoplankton, protozoan and metazoan zooplankton, not only constitute the bulk of the aquatic biomass and the foundation of the aquatic food web, but also drive most of the biogeochemical processes in the water column. My work involves field sampling, experimentation and modeling, and I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary research.

I am Swansea Univesrity PI of SEACAMS2, part-funded by ERDF to assist the development of opportunities in Low carbon, Energy and Environment in the convergence regions of Wales. For details please see

For additional information please go to Google Plus or My Web Page. A full list of publications is also available on Research Gate and Google Scholar (search: Kam W. Tang).

Areas of Expertise

  • Plankton ecology
  • Microbial ecology
  • Pelagic processes
  • Biogeochemistry


  1. & Methane Production in Oxic Lake Waters Potentially Increases Aquatic Methane Flux to Air. Environmental Science & Technology Letters 3(6), 227-233.
  2. & Balancing fishery and conservation: a case study of the barrel jellyfishRhizostoma octopusin South Wales. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil 74, 234-241.
  3. & Porewater methane transport within the gas vesicles of diurnally migrating Chaoborus spp.: An energetic advantage. Scientific Reports 7, 44478
  4. & The Chaoborus pump: Migrating phantom midge larvae sustain hypolimnetic oxygen deficiency and nutrient internal loading in lakes. Water Research 122, 36-41.
  5. & Theoretical size controls of the giant Phaeocystis globosa colonies. Ocean Science Journal 50(2), 283-289.
  6. & Copepod carcasses as microbial hot spots for pelagic denitrification. Limnology and Oceanography 60, 2026-2036.
  7. & Estimating in situ zooplankton non-predation mortality in an oligo-mesotrophic lake from sediment trap data: caveats and reality check. PLoS ONE 10(7), e0131431
  8. & Heterogeneous distribution of plankton within the mixed layer and its implications for bloom formation in tropical seas. Scientific Reports 5, 11240

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  • BIO106 Marine and terrestrial ecology and animal behaviour

    This 20 credit module is divided into two sections and broadly introduces students to the study of animal behaviour and ecological processes in the terrestrial and marine environment. The first 15 lectures focuses on terrestrial and marine ecology, which is the study of the interactions of organisms with their environment. The topic is divided into four key themes: the individual, species interactions, communities and ecosystems and additional introduction to marine ecology The final 10 lectures focus on the evolutionary pressures that drive animal behaviour and give rise to the behavioural adaptations witnessed across the animal kingdom today, from learning and cultural transmission, to anti-predatory mechanisms and migration. The section is concluded with a lecture on human behaviour, determining how we are influenced by the same set of natural regulations that govern our wild counterparts.

  • BIO329 Climate Change Biology

    The module examines the intricate connections between air, land and water in regulating the global climate system, and how that in turn affects planetary scale biology and ecology. Major past and present climate events and projected climate change, and their global ecological and environmental consequences will also be covered.

  • BIO338 Polar Biology

    This module considers the ecology of the polar region. Topics are organised into six themes: 1) History of polar exploration; 2) Characteristics of the environments; 3) Major wildlife; 4) Adaptation strategies; 5) Ecosystem dynamics; 6) Changes and threats. Lectures will be complemented by paper discussions.


  • Daphnia magna-induced defenses in two green algae -Scenedesmus quadricauda and Chlorella vulgaris: morphological and chemical changes. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Mike Fowler
  • Microbial methane production in oxic waters (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Kevin Flynn
  • Developing sustainable seaweed cultivation in Pembrokeshire (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin
  • Coastal marine ecology - intertidal and subtidal environments (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Callaway
  • 'Macroalgae as a potential mitigation agent for ocean acidification' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Ed Pope

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2014 Present Personal chair Swansea University
2014 2016 Adjunct faculty Virginia Institute of Marine Science
2008 2013 Associate Professor Virginia Institute of Marine Science
2002 2008 Assistant Professor Virginia Institute of Marine Science
2000 2002 Postdoctoral Fellow Danish Institute for Fisheries Research