Our research focuses primarily on two aspects: (1) conducting species diversity surveys through the use of DNA barcoding and eDNA metabarcoding, and (2) examining various macro-evolutionary processes and their impact on diversification trends. To address these ecological questions, I use a range of molecular tools, bioinformatics, and statistical analyses, including Perl, Python, and R, as well as high-throughput next-generation sequencing techniques such as MinION nanopore, Illumina, and 454 pyrosequencing. Please visit the TIGP Fellowship (http://tigp-biodiv.biodiv.tw/) if you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in our lab. Some of the research questions we explore include:

(1) How do the evolution of new traits (e.g., eco-physiological properties or morphological features) facilitate species diversification?

(2) How do various external factors shape the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function?

(3) Which types of seaweeds are known to compete with corals?

(4) How do human activities impact aquatic biodiversity?

To investigate these questions, we utilize microalgae and seaweed as materials.