My research lies in the fields of limnology and oceanography. I am interested in studying (1) the growth controlling mechanisms of planktons (heterotrophic bacterioplankton, phytoplankton, protozoan and viruses) and their eco-linkages in freshwater (the Fei-Tsuei reservoir) and marine (the East China Sea, South China Sea and the NW Pacific) ecosystems; (2) the planktonic and ecosystem responses (ratio of primary production to community respiration) to external physical and chemical (inorganic nutrients, organic substrate) forcing induced by episodic events such as typhoons, internal waves… etc., and (3) the operation and management of decadal time-series biogeochemical observatory studies including the SEATS project in the South China Sea and the T-WEBS project in Fei-Tsuei reservoir in northern Taiwan. My insistence on running the time-series study is because it serves three important functions for Taiwan’s science community. Firstly, it helps in advocating international reputation and highlights the achievement in basic science research of Taiwan. Secondly, it attracts collaboration and acts as a training platform/nurture ground for the young blood. And finally, it provides long-term (i.e. decadal) data for environmental sustainability and climate change analyses.
Ko CY, CC Lai, HH Hsu, FK Shiah*. 2017. Decadal phytoplankton dynamics in response to episodic climatic disturbances in a subtropical deep freshwater ecosystem. Water Research 109: 102-113.
Lai CC., CY Ko, E Austria and FK Shiah*. 2021a. Extreme weather events enhance DOC consumption in a subtropical freshwater ecosystem: a multiple-typhoon analysis. Microorganisms. 9(6): 1199 doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9061199.
Lai CC, CR Wu, CY Chuang, JH Tai, KY Lee, HY Kuo and FK Shiah*. 2021b. Phytoplankton and bacteria responses to monsoon-driven water masses mixing in the Kuroshio off the East coast of Taiwan. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.707807.
Chen TY, CC Lai, JH Tai, CY Ko and FK Shiah*. 2021. Diel to seasonal variation of picoplankton in the tropical South China Sea. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.732017.
Hou LT, BS Wang, CC Lai, TY Chen, YY Shih, FK Shiah* and CY Ko*. 2022. Effects of the mixed layer depth on phytoplankton biomass in a tropical marginal ocean: a multiple timescale analysis. Earth's Future. dx.doi.org/10.1029/2020EF001842.
Chang CW, T Miki, H Ye, S Souissi, R Adrian, O Anneville, S Ban, Y Be'eri-Shlevin, YR Chiang, H Feuchtmayr, G Gal, S Ichise, M Kagami, M Kumagai, X Liu, S Matsuzaki, MM Manca, P Nõges, R Piscia, M Rogora, FK Shiah, SJ. Thackeray, H Agasild, CE Widdicombe, JT Wu, T Zohary, CH Hsieh. 2022. Causal networks of phytoplankton diversity and production are modulated by environmental context. Nature Communications. 13:1140. doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-28761-3.
Shiah FK, CC Lai, TY Chen, CY Ko, JH Tai & CW Chang. 2022. Viral shunt in tropical oligotrophic ocean. Science Advances doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abo2829
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