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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.

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).

KESS II PhD position available for the project Evaluating the scientific and technical capacities towards sustainable production of sea vegetables in Milford Haven. Please follow this link for details and instructions:

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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  • BIO260 Marine Biology Field Course

    This residential field course comprises practical work employing shore-based techniques to sample littoral and benthic marine habitats. Students will learn techniques for the identification of marine organisms and gain experience in the analysis and presentation of ecological data.

  • BIO338 Polar Biology

    This module considers the ecology of the polar regions. 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
  • Coastal marine ecology - intertidal and subtidal environments (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Callaway
  • 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
  • '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