Chaohong (Harley) Lin

Chaohong (Harley) Lin MSc

PhD Candidate
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Visiting Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

+31 (0) 317 47 34 00

The Netherlands


Combining functional trait theory and microfludic technology to study the behaviors of cyanobacteria under climate change.


I studied Environmental Sciences & Engineering for my bachelor's in China, during which time I explored multiple research areas including hydrology, hydrogeochemistry, and wastewater treatment. I obtained my master's degree in Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) where I specialized in aquatic ecology. I did my master's thesis on ecotoxicology in the chair group of Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management of WUR. Later I finished my research internship on phytoplankton ecology at NIOO. 

After graduation from WUR, I rooted in Wageningen again and started my PhD at NIOO in 2023. In this PhD project, we will develop microfluidic devices and apply this novel technology to study the traits of cyanobacteria under the impacts of climate change. The "microfluidic" part of the project is in close cooperation with the experts of the BIOS lab at the University of Twente (the Netherlands).

Projects & collaborations


  • Climate change impacts on harmful algal blooms

    Project 2022–Present
    Harmful cyanobacterial blooms produce toxins that are a major threat to water quality and human health. Blooms increase with eutrophication and are expected to be amplified by climate change. Yet, we lack a mechanistic understanding on the toxicity of blooms, and their response to the complex interplay of multiple global change factors. Bloom toxicity is determined by a combination of mechanisms acting at different ecological scales, ranging from cyanobacterial biomass accumulation in the ecosystem, to the dominance of toxic species in the community, contribution of toxic genotypes in the population, and the amounts of toxins in cells.
    Cyanobacterial bloom