Royal BC Museum Biodiversity Research During the Pandemic Nature is unrelenting. The zoonotic origin of the SARS-CoV-2 novel virus responsible for COVID-19 is […]Read More »
Currently, Henry is focusing on the taxonomy of leptothecate hydroids [Leptothecata (=Leptomedusae, Thecata), Anthoathecata (=Anthomedusae, Athecata) and Siphonophorae are the three main groups of Hydroidolina (=Leptolinae), a clade of hydrozoans]. Representatives of Leptothecata are present in all marine environments worldwide and include more than half of all known extant (>3,800) hydrozoan species. One objective of Henry’s research is to address unresolved taxonomic problems of the hydroid fauna of coastal British Columbia. Other projects include being part of a collaborative group of scientists from Canada and the U.S. studying the transoceanic dispersal of biota on the marine debris field from the catastrophic Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Anthropogenic, non-biodegradable floating materials in the open sea can provide substrates capable of lasting far longer in the ocean than most natural substrates. These materials create rafting opportunities for hydroids, and other benthic fauna, including potentially invasive species, to BC’s coast.
EducationPhD, University of Toronto (1999)
Areas of InterestAreas of Expertise: Hydrozoan (Cnidarian) fauna of the North East Pacific Region (with a focus on coastal British Columbia), and the Sea of Japan, Hydrozoan species dispersal, Natural History collections in museums and their importance in biodiversity discovery
Specialties: Taxonomy, systematics, Natural History collections
Contact Dr. Henry ChoongEmail: email@example.com
Hydroids (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa: Leptothecata and Limnomedusae) on 2011 Japanese tsunami marine debris landing in North America and Hawai‘i, with revisory notes on Hydrodendron Hincks, 1874 and a diagnosis of Plumaleciidae, new family
Abstract Twenty-eight species of hydroids are now known from Japanese tsunami marine debris (JTMD) sent to sea in March 2011 from the Island […]Read More »
In June of 2018, I was invited to Calvert Island by the Hakai Institute to take part in the Hakai Seagrass BioBlitz. The Hakai […]Read More »
Transoceanic Dispersal of Marine Life from Japan to North America and the Hawaiian Islands as a Result of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011
The Special Issue of Aquatic Invasions on “Transoceanic Dispersal of Marine Life from Japan to North America and the Hawaiian Islands as a […]Read More »
Hydroids (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) from Japanese tsunami marine debris washing ashore in the northwestern United States. Aquatic Invasions 9: 425-440.
Calder, D.R., Choong, H.H.C., Carlton, J.T., Chapman, J.W., Miller, J.A., and Geller, J. 2014. Abstract Fourteen species of hydroids, including two anthoathecates and […]Read More »