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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 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 observations, experimentation and modeling, 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. & Copepod secondary production in the sea: Errors due to uneven molting and growth patterns and incidence of carcasses. Progress in Oceanography 165, 257-267.
  2. & Vertical structure of plankton communities in areas of European eel larvae distribution in the Sargasso Sea. Journal of Plankton Research 40(4), 362-375.
  3. & The phantom midge menace: Migratory Chaoborus larvae maintain poor ecosystem state in eutrophic inland waters. Water Research 139, 30-37.
  4. & Seasonal Factors Influencing Copepod Abundance in the Maryland Coastal Bays. Estuaries and Coasts 41(2), 495-506.
  5. & Effects of water column processes on the use of sediment traps to measure zooplankton non-predatory mortality: a mathematical and empirical assessment. Journal of Plankton Research 40(1), 91-106.
  6. & Methane Production in Oxic Lake Waters Potentially Increases Aquatic Methane Flux to Air. Environmental Science & Technology Letters 3(6), 227-233.
  7. & 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.
  8. & Porewater methane transport within the gas vesicles of diurnally migrating Chaoborus spp.: An energetic advantage. Scientific Reports 7, 44478

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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.


  • N/A (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Kevin Flynn
  • Inducible defences in two green algae as reponse to the predation by cladocerans (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Mike Fowler
  • Developing sustainable seaweed cultivation in South Wales (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin
  • The Application of Artificial Floating Islands in Saline Environments. - no review required. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Ruth Callaway
  • Evaluating the Scientific and Technical capacities towards sustainable production of sea vegetables in Milford Haven (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin
  • Remote methods for the assessment of coastal biodiversity interacting with marine renewable developments. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Hanna Nuuttila
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Unsworth
  • Circular economic approaches to biological wastes in developing nations (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Ian Mabbett
  • '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