FONG Jonathan, Prof.

  • 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun

    Hong Kong

  • 572 Scopus Citations
  • 13 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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Korea Medicine & Life Sciences
turtles Agriculture & Biology
turtle Earth & Environmental Sciences
Turtles Medicine & Life Sciences
China Agriculture & Biology
Fungi Medicine & Life Sciences
Penicillium Medicine & Life Sciences
Korean Peninsula Agriculture & Biology

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Projects 2016 2021

Research Output 2002 2019

  • 572 Scopus Citations
  • 13 Scopus h-Index
  • 60 Journal Article (refereed)
  • 1 Book (Editor)
  • 1 Policy or Profession paper

A new karst-dwelling gecko of the Gekko petricolus group (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Phitsanulok Province, central Thailand

RUJIRAWAN, A., FONG, J. J., AMPAI, N., YODTHONG, S., TERMPRAYOON, K. & AOWPHOL, A., 2019, In : Journal of Natural History. 53, 9-10, p. 557-576 20 p.

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)Researchpeer-review


Developing quantitative PCR assays to detect threatened and invasive freshwater turtles in Hong Kong using environmental DNA

LAM, I. P. Y., SUNG, Y., LIN, L. & FONG, J. J., 24 May 2019, In : Conservation Genetics Resources.

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)Researchpeer-review

Hong Kong
Fresh Water

First Genetic Data of the Critically Endangered Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis) from Known-locality Specimens

FONG, J., STUART, B. L., MCCORMACK, T. E. M. & PARHAM, J. F., 31 Aug 2019, In : Current Herpetology. 38, 2, p. 140-152 13 p.

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)Researchpeer-review



LU Knowledge Transfer Excellence Award 2019

Mark Alan MC GINLEY (Recipient) & Jonathan FONG (Recipient), Apr 2019

Prize: Prize / Award

knowledge transfer

Activities 2013 2017

  • 2 Editorial (Journal)

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)

Press / Media


Jonathan FONG


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research / Knowledge Transfer

學生親親自然增對科學興趣 Excursions increase students’ interest in science

Jonathan FONG


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research / Knowledge Transfer