Personal details

Emily Chen

Department of Marine Ecology
Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences
Powstańcow Warszawy 55
81-712 Sopot, Poland

  • 2021-present - Ph.D. at the Institute of Oceanography, Polish Academy of Sciences (International Environmental Doctoral School associated with the Centre for Polar Studies)
  • 2018-2020 - M.Sc. Marine Biological Resources: Applied Ecology and Conservation (Erasmus Mundus International Master’s IMBRSea)
  • 2014-2018 - B.Sc. Marine Biology, B.A. Spanish (Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA)
Scientific interest
  • Polar zooplankton
  • Ecology and taxonomy
  • Genetics and environmental DNA
  • Science communication and outreach
Professional experience
  • 2022 - R/V Helmer Hanssen Student Cruise
  • 2022 - Arctic Marine Zooplankton UNIS, Longyearbyen, Svalbard
  • 2022 - European School on Ostracoda, Vienna, Austria
  • 2021 - International School on INtegrated Environmental Studies in the Arctic (INES) with respect to climate changes, Sopot, Poland
  • 2021-2022 - High School Teacher of Marine Sciences and Spanish
  • 2020 - R/V Celtic Explorer Cruise
  • 2018-present - Skype a Scientist (10 lectures given across 5 continents)
  • 2017 - R/V Polarstern Cruise
  • 2016-2018 - Bi-monthly Surveys on R/V Rutgers
  • 2010-2014 - Bi-weekly Monitoring on R/V Blue Sea
Grants and awards
  • 2018-2018 - Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship Recipient for Taiwan
  • 2018-2020 - Erasmus Mundus IMBRSea Joint Master’s Program scholarship
  • 2017-2017 - DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Research Internship Scholarship
  • 2016 - Various Travel Grants (6 awarded)
Selected presentations


  • Chen E.Y., Trudnowska E., Angel M.V., Blachowiak-Samolyk K. An integrative approach to resolve taxonomic uncertainties in Arctic microcrustaceans within the context of a changing climate, Fourth ICES PICES Early Career Scientist Conference, 2022, St. John's, Canada (poster presentation)
  • Chen E.Y. Young students in marine science: Increasing engagement in the classroom in the face of remote learning, Fourth ICES PICES Early Career Scientist Conference, 2022, St. John's, Canada (Oral presentation)
  • Chen E.Y., Trudnowska E., Bator J., Angel M.V., Blachowiak-Samolyk K Planktonic ostracods at the gateway to a changing Arctic: Decadal variability of abundance, biodiversity, and vertical distribution in Kongsfjorden, Decadal Variability of the North Atlantic and its Marine Ecosystems, 2022, Bergen, Norway (Poster presentation)

  • 2021

  • Chen E.Y., Patoka J., Petrusek A. DNA barcoding gaps: A tale of low taxonomic coverage and its implications for monitoring the ornamental aquarium trade, Charles University Faculty of Science Seminar, 2021, Prague, Czech Republic (Oral presentation)
  • Chen E.Y., Mirimin L. Application of eDNA for monitoring and management of aquatic biological invasions: Emerging trends and advancement towards best practice, 1st DNAQUA International Conference on DNA biomonitoring, 2021, moved online, (Poster presentation)

  • 2019

  • Chen E.Y., Chant R.J., Hunter E.J., Curchitser E.N., Gerbi G.P., Fuchs H.L. Death by downwelling: Changing phenology and larval transport drive wrong-way range shifts, International Conference for Young Marine Researchers, 2019, Bremerhaven, Germany (Poster presentation)
  • Chen E.Y., O’Dwyer, K. Parasite detection in intertidal species around Galway Bay, Ireland, IMBRSea Consortium Symposium: Diving into Marine Minds, 2019, Brest, France (Poster presentation)

  • 2018

  • Chen E.Y., Charish R., Gopakumar A. La basura marina: el problema de los plásticos, Gijón Aquarium, 2018, Gijón, Spain (Oral presentation)

  • 2017

  • Chen E.Y., Feehan C., Adams D.K. Implications of settlement timing of juvenile Diadema antillarum sea urchins on coral reef communities in Key West, Florida, University of São Paulo International Symposium of Undergraduate Research, 2017, São Paulo, Brazil (Poster presentation)

  • 2016

  • Chen E.Y., Adams D.K. Examining phenotypic plasticity of larval sea urchins in response to food availability in Monterey Bay, California, Undergraduate Research Symposium at William Paterson University, 2016, New Jersey, USA (Poster presentation)


  • Chen E.Y., Adams, D.K. (2022) The evolution of neurosensation provides opportunities and constraints for phenotypic plasticity. Scientific Reports, 12, 11883

  • 2021

  • Chen E.Y. (2021) Often overlooked: Understanding and meeting the current challenges of marine invertebrate conversation. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, 690704

  • 2020

  • Fuchs H.L., Chant R.J., Hunter E.J., Curchitser E.N., Gerbi G.P., Chen, E.Y. (2020) . Nature Climate Change, 10, 1052-1056