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I am an aquatic scientist with research interests in plankton ecology and biogeochemistry in both marine and freshwater environments. Plankton, which includes 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 observations, experimentation and modelling, and I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary research.

As Swansea University PI of SEACAMS2 (part-funded by ERDF), I lead a team of scientists to assist the development of opportunities in Low carbon, Energy and Environment in the convergence regions of Wales. For details please see

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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. Yáñez, S., Hidalgo, P., Tang, K. Relative importance of predatory versus non-predatory mortality for dominant copepod species in the northern Chilean (23°S) Humboldt Current System Marine Ecology Progress Series 630 13 23
  2. Tang, K., Backhaus, L., Riemann, L., Koski, M., Grossart, H., Munk, P., Nielsen, T. Copepod carcasses in the subtropical convergence zone of the Sargasso Sea: implications for microbial community composition, system respiration and carbon flux Journal of Plankton Research 41 4 549 560
  3. Albini, D., Fowler, M., Llewellyn, C., Tang, K. Reversible colony formation and the associated costs in Scenedesmus obliquus Journal of Plankton Research 41 4 419 429
  4. Tang, K., Ivory, J., Shimode, S., Nishibe, Y., Takahashi, K., Tang, K. Dead heat: copepod carcass occurrence along the Japanese coasts and implications for a warming ocean ICES Journal of Marine Science
  5. Yáñez, S., Hidalgo, P., Ruz, P., Tang, K. Copepod secondary production in the sea: Errors due to uneven molting and growth patterns and incidence of carcasses Progress in Oceanography 165 257 267
  6. Munk, P., Nielsen, T., Jaspers, C., Ayala, D., Tang, K., Lombard, F., Riemann, L. Vertical structure of plankton communities in areas of European eel larvae distribution in the Sargasso Sea Journal of Plankton Research 40 4 362 375
  7. Tang, K., Flury, S., Vachon, D., Ordóñez, C., McGinnis, D. The phantom midge menace: Migratory Chaoborus larvae maintain poor ecosystem state in eutrophic inland waters Water Research 139 30 37
  8. Oghenekaro, E., Chigbu, P., Oseji, O., Tang, K. Seasonal Factors Influencing Copepod Abundance in the Maryland Coastal Bays Estuaries and Coasts 41 2 495 506

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  • 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.


  • The Basic biology and biotechnology applications of the photosynthetic flatworm Symsagittifera roscoffensis (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Coates
  • The Effects an Interactions of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Low Trophic-Level Freshwater Taxa: Microalgae & Cladocerans (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Alvin Orbaek White
  • Camera methods for the assessment of coastal biodiversity in dynamic environments associated with marine renewable developments. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Hanna Nuuttila
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Unsworth
  • An Assessment of Artificial Floating Islands as a Method of Habitat Creation within Marine Environments. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Callaway
  • Circular economic approaches to biological wastes in developing nations (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Ian Mabbett
  • Evaluating the Scientific and Technical capacities towards sustainable production of sea vegetables in Milford Haven (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin
  • Microbial methane production in oxic water (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Prof Kevin Flynn
  • Establishing the knowledge baseline for sustainable Porphyra cultivation in South Wales (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin
  • 'Inducible defences in two green algae as reponse to the predation by cladocerans' (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Mike Fowler
  • 'Macroalgae as a potential mitigation agent for ocean acidification' (awarded 2017)

    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