FONG Jonathan, Prof.

  • 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun

    Hong Kong

  • 699 Scopus Citations
  • 15 Scopus h-Index

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Personal profile


I am an assistant professor in the Science Unit at Lingnan University. I am interested in understanding the patterns and processes that shape biodiversity. My research touches on topics in evolutionary biology, systematics, and conservation genetics. Originally trained in herpetology (study of amphibians and reptiles), I am also interested in mycology (study of fungi), thanks to my time at Seoul National University working with Dr. Young Woon Lim. My current research focuses on the phylogeography and population genetics of amphibians, reptiles, and fungi in Asia. I also have a keen interest in science education, especially in teaching evolutionary biology and natural history. Along with my B.A. from UC Berkeley, I received a minor in Education. I have been fortunate to have taught and mentored a variety of age groups (elementary, middle, & high school, university) and in different countries (USA, Korea, mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong).

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Research Output

  • 699 Scopus Citations
  • 15 Scopus h-Index
  • 70 Journal Article (refereed)
  • 1 Book (Editor)
  • 1 Policy or Profession paper
  • Genetic diversity and inferred dispersal history of the Schlegel’s Japanese Gecko (Gekko japonicus) in Northeast Asia based on population genetic analyses and paleo-species distribution modelling

    KIM, J-S., PARK, J., FONG, J. J., ZHANG, Y-P., LI, S-R., OTA, H., MIN, S-H., MIN, M-S. & PARK, D., 2 Apr 2020, In : Mitochondrial DNA Part A: DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis. 31, 3, p. 120-130 11 p.

    Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

  • Integrating and updating wildlife conservation in China

    GONG, S., WU, J., GAO, Y., FONG, J., PARHAM, J. F. & SHI, H., 17 Aug 2020, In : Current Biology. 30, 16, p. R915-R919 5 p.

    Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

  • Prizes

    LU Knowledge Transfer Excellence Award 2019

    McGINLEY, Mark Alan (Recipient) & FONG, Jonathan (Recipient), Apr 2019

    Prize: Prize / Award

  • Activities

    • 2 Editorial (Journal)
    • 1 Other Invited Talks or Presentations

    How Service-Learning Promotes Intergenerational Harmony and Sustainable Partnership - A Case Study in a Science Course

    Jonathan FONG (Speaker) & Alan WONG (Speaker)

    28 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talks or PresentationsOther Invited Talks or Presentations

    Frontiers for Young Minds (Journal)

    Jonathan FONG (Review Editor)

    2017 → …

    Activity: Editorial / Peer-review Work Editorial (Journal)

    Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (Journal)

    Jonathan FONG (Review Editor)

    2013 → …

    Activity: Editorial / Peer-review Work Editorial (Journal)