Prof. Gordon Maxwell
Professor Gordon S Maxwell, World Medal of Freedom (US, American Biographical Institute, Washington DC), FLS, FABI, has degrees in botany, ecology, philosophy and education earned from four universities: two in New Zealand, one in the UK, and one from the University of Hong Kong, where Prof. Maxwell obtained his PhD with an ecogeographic study of two mangrove trees in three countries. Prof. Maxwell has been an Assistant/Associate Professor at OUHK, and visiting professor at universities in Japan, Thailand, and China. He is the author of books on environmental impact assessment, ecology, earth science, and mangrove vegetation. From time to time he joins UNESCO consultancies to China and countries in southeast Asia. He owns a farm and a forest in New Zealand, both of which are managed with ecoagroscience and sustainability in mind.
Dr Klinsmann Cheung
Dr Cheung earned his PhD at The Chinese University of Hong Kong; his research topic was related to hillfire disturbance to faunal recolonization and faunal biodiversity. In addition, for his MPhil he studied the colonization of benthic fauna in Hong Kong Wetland Park, which earned him an Outstanding Young Scientist Award at an IUCN conference in 2005.
Dr Cheung has experience with Hong Kong biodiversity in both marine and terrestrial habitats as he has worked in the marine and coastal laboratory of City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Wetland Park, World Wide Fund (HK), Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, ecological consultant companies, and other eco-tour companies. In addition to his ecological knowledge, he is an experienced ecological interpreter and consultant who has taught and led field studies at CityU, CUHK, and OUHK; who conducts EIA studies, ecological studies and monitoring; and who has extensive experience in the design of ecological survey methods, data analysis, reporting and impact assessment.
Mr Ross Vermeer
Ross Vermeer hails from Iowa in the USA, where he obtained a BA in English at a liberal arts college. Soon thereafter he came to Hong Kong to teach English at Chinese University. He joined the OUHK as an Assistant Editor in 1992, and has thoroughly enjoyed seeing the University grow over the years. He obtained an MA with distinction in Open and Distance Education from the Open University of the UK, and is now a Senior Instructional Designer in the OUHK's Educational Technology and Development Unit.