Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica

Dr. Chaolun Allen Chen Research Fellow

Lab PI

Dr. Chaolun Allen Chen

Research Fellow

PhD – James Cook, University ,Australia,1995

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Office:Greenhouse Builiding 204


Research Fields
  • Coral and coral reef evolution
  • Coral reef ecosystem and environmental change
  • Symbiosis

Research Directions

  • Coral reef hosts high biodiversity which provides a foundation stone for human civilization. Due to the disturbances from human activities, including overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction, and synergetic effect of ocean warming and acidification caused by climate change, coral reef are facing severe degradation worldwide. Corals are facing mass extinction and coral reef ecosystem are losing its ecological function and service towards end of this century, if the human-induced disturbances were not ceased. We address several important questions regarding to response mechanisms of corals and coral reefs under the impact of environmental change. First, will corals acclimatize or adapt to environmental change, particularly the impact of rising seawater temperature? If so, who are the winners? Who are the loosers? Second, what kind of mechanisms behind these winners to survive under the future scenarios? Is it driven by host corals or symbionts? Third, will the coral communities composed by the winner perform a similar ecological function as we observe from present coral reef ecosystem? Forth, what are management and conservation implications for the future coral reefs based on our research? Based on the long-term ecological research approach, we incorporate genomics, molecular ecology, physiology, and community ecology to address these questions.


Latest published paper

期刊論文 ( 2016 - 2019 )

  1. Jih-Terng Wang*, Yu-Ting Wang, Shashank Keshavmurthy, Pei-Jei Meng, Chaolun Allen Chen*, 2019, “The coral Platygyra verweyi exhibits local adaptation to long-term thermal stress 2 through host-specific physiological and enzymatic response”, Scientific Reports, 9, 13492. (SCI) (IF: 4.122; SCI ranking: 18.8%) Link
  2. Rodrigo Carballo-Bolaños, Vianney Denis, Ya-Yi Huang, Shashank Keshavmurthy, Chaolun Allen Chen*, 2019, “Temporal variation and photochemical efficiency of species in Symbiodinaceae associated with coral Leptoria phrygia (Scleractinia; Merulinidae) exposed to contrasting temperature regimes”, PLOS ONE, 14(6): e0218801. (SCI, SSCI) (IF: 2.766; SCI ranking: 25%; SSCI ranking: 25%) Link
  3. Ren Min Oh1*, Mei Lin Neo, Nicholas Wei Liang Yap, Sudhanshi Sanjeev Jain, Ria Tan, Chaolun Allen Chen & Danwei Huang, 2019, “Citizen science meets integrated taxonomy to uncover the diversity and distribution of Corallimorpharia in Singapore”, RAFFLES BULLETIN OF ZOOLOGY, 67, 306–321. (SCI) (IF: 0.716; SCI ranking: 72.5%) Link
  4. Carolin Nieder, Chen-Pan Liao, Chaolun Allen Chen, Shao-Lun Liu*, 2019, “Filamentous calcareous alga provides substrate for coral-competitive macroalgae in the degraded lagoon of Dongsha Atoll, Taiwan”, PLOS ONE, 14(5): e0200864. (SCI, SSCI) (IF: 2.766; SCI ranking: 25%; SSCI ranking: 25%) Link
  5. Carolin Nieder, Pin-Chen Chen, Chen, Chaolun Allen Chen, Shao-Lun Liu*, 2019, “New record of the encrusting alga Ramicrusta textilis overgrowing corals in the lagoon of Dongsha Atoll, South China Sea”, Bulletin of Marine Science, (SCI, SSCI) (IF: 1.847; SCI ranking: 46.7%; SSCI ranking: 46.7%) Link
  6. Shashank Keshavmurthy, Sung-Yin Yang, Chun-Yu Su, Yu-Wen Chiu, Chaolun Allen Chen*, 2019, “Association between massive Porites and the hidden hermit crab, Calcinus latens (Decapoda, Diogenidae)”, BULLETIN OF MARINE SCIENCE, 95(1), 115-116. (SCI) (IF: 2.263; SCI ranking: 24.8%,30.2%) Link
  7. Parisa Alidoost Salimi, Pargol Ghavam Mostafavi*, Chaolun Allen Chen, Seyed Mohammad Reza Fatemi, and Michel Pichon, 2018, “The Scleractinia (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) of Abu-Musa and Sirri Islands, Persian Gulf”, ZOOLOGICAL STUDIES, 57(56). (SCI) (IF: 1.008; SCI ranking: 52.1%) Link
  8. Kuo-Wei Kao, Shashank Keshavmurthy*, Cing-Hsin Tsao, Jih-Terng Wang, and Chaolun Allen Chen*, 2018, “Repeated and Prolonged Temperature Anomalies Negate Symbiodiniaceae Genera Shuffling in the Coral Platygyra verweyi (Scleractinia; Merulinidae)”, ZOOLOGICAL STUDIES, 57, 55. (SCI) (IF: 1.008; SCI ranking: 52.1%) Link
  9. Hawthorne L. Beyer, Emma V. Kennedy, Maria Beger, Chaolun Allen Chen, Joshua E. Cinner, Emily S. Darling, C. Mark Eakin, Ruth D. Gates, Scott F. Heron, Nancy Knowlton, David O. Obura, Stephen R. Palumbi, Hugh P. Possingham, Marji Puotinen, Rebecca K. Runting, William J. Skirving, Mark Spalding, Kerrie A. Wilson,Sally Wood, John E. Veron, Ove Hoegh‐Guldberg, 2018, “Risk‐sensitive planning for conserving coral reefs under rapid climate change”, Conservation Letters, 11(6),e12587. (SCI) (IF: 7.02; SCI ranking: 3.7%) Link
  10. Stephane De Palmas, Derk R. Sato, Min-Jay Ho, Vianney Denis*, Chaolun Allen Chen* , 2018, “Molecular assessment of Pocillopora verrucosa (Scleractinia; Pocilloporidae) distribution along a depth gradient in Ludao, Taiwan. ”, PeerJ, 6, e5797. (SCI) (IF: 2.177; SCI ranking: 31.3%) Link
  11. Sung-Yin Yang, Hsing-Ju Chen, Ming-Jay Ho, Yen-Jia Chen, Ya-Yi Huang, Wenhua Savanna Chow, Sen-Lin Tang, Ming-Shiou Jeng, Chaolun Allen Chen*, 2018, “Outbreak of coral-killing cyanobacteriasponge, Terpios hoshinota, in Taiping Island (Itu Aba), Spratlys, South China Sea”, BULLETIN OF MARINE SCIENCE, 94(4), 1543-1544. (SCI) (IF: 2.263; SCI ranking: 24.8%,30.2%) Link
  12. Derek Soto, Stephane De Palmas, Ming Jay Ho, Vianney Denis*, Chaolun Allen Chen*, 2018, “Spatial variation in the morphological traits of Pocillopora verrucosa along a depth gradient in Taiwan”, PLoS One, 13(8), e0202586. (SCI) (IF: 2.806; SCI ranking: 23.4%) Link
  13. Maria Dornelas*, Laura H. Antão, Faye Moyes, Amanda E. Bates, Anne E. Magurran, Dušan Adam, Asem A. Akhmetzhanova, Ward Appeltans, José Manuel Arcos, Haley Arnold, Narayanan Ayyappan, Gal Badihi, Andrew H. Baird, Miguel Barbosa, Tiago Egydio Barreto, Claus Bässler, Alecia Bellgrove, Jonathan Belmaker, Lisandro Benedetti‐Cecchi, Brian J. Bett, Anne D. Bjorkman, Magdalena Błażewicz, Shane A. Blowes, Christopher P. Bloch, Timothy C. Bonebrake, Susan Boyd, Matt Bradford, Andrew J. Brooks, James H. Brown, Helge Bruelheide, Phaedra Budy, Fernando Carvalho,Edward Castañeda‐Moya, Chaolun Allen Chen, ...etc., 2018, “BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene”, GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, 27(7), 760-786. (SCI) (IF: 6.045; SCI ranking: 6.5%,4.1%) Link
  14. Sung-Yin Yang, Wai-Ling Fong, Wenhua Savanna Chow, Chia-Min Hsu, Chia-Ling Carynn Chan, Shashank Keshavmurthy*, Chaolun Allen Chen*, 2018, “Development of Novel Polymorphic Microsatellite Markers in Catch Bowl Coral, Isopora palifera (Scleractinia; Acroporidae) Using Next-generation Sequencing”, ZOOLOGICAL STUDIES, 57, 32. (SCI) (IF: 1.008; SCI ranking: 52.1%) Link
  15. Carolin Nieder, Chaolun Allen Chen, Shao-Lun Liu*, 2018, “Long-term blooming filamentous calcareous alga provides substrate for other coral-competitive macroalgae in the degraded lagoon of Dongsha Atoll (Pratas), Taiwan”, bioRxiv, Link
  16. Sonny T. M. Lee, Shashank Keshavmurthy*, Silvia Fontana, Mezaki Takuma, Wen-Hua Chou and Chaolun Allen Chen*, 2018, “Transcriptomic response in Acropora muricata under acute temperature stress follows preconditioned seasonal temperature fluctuations.”, BMC research notes, 11(1), 119. Link
  17. Katrina S. Luzon*, Mei-Fang Lin*, Ma. Carmen A. Ablan Lagman, Wilfredo Roehl Y. Licuanan and Chaolun Allen Chen*, 2017, “Resurrecting a subgenus to genus: molecular phylogeny of Euphyllia and Fimbriaphyllia (order Scleractinia; family Euphyllidae; clade V)”, PeerJ, 5, e4074. (SCI) (IF: 2.177; SCI ranking: 31.3%) Link
  18. Jia-Ho Shiu, Shashank Keshavmurthy, Pei-Wen Chiang, Hsing-Ju Chen, Shueh-Ping Lou, Ching-Hung Tseng, Hernyi Justin Hsieh, Chaolun Allen Chen & Sen-Lin Tang*, 2017, “Dynamics of coral-associated bacterial communities acclimated to temperature stress based on recent thermal history”, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7(1), 14933. (SCI) (IF: 4.259; SCI ranking: 15.6%) Link
  19. Jih-Terng Wang​*, Shashank Keshavmurthy, Tzu-Ying Chu, Chaolun Allen Chen​*, 2017, “Diverse responses of Symbiodinium types to menthol and DCMU treatment”, PeerJ, 5, e3843. (SCI) (IF: 2.177; SCI ranking: 31.3%) Link
  20. Ching-Yu Liou, Sung-Yin Yang*, Chaolun Allen Chen*, 2017, “Unprecedented calcareous algal reefs in northern Taiwan merit high conservation priority”, CORAL REEFS, 36(4), 1253. (SCI) (IF: 2.906; SCI ranking: 12.4%) Link
  21. Vianney Denis*, Lauriane Ribas-Deulofeu, Nicolas Sturaro, Chao-Yang Kuo & Chaolun Allen Chen, 2017, “A functional approach to the structural complexity of coral assemblages based on colony morphological features”, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7(1), 9849. (SCI) (IF: 4.259; SCI ranking: 15.6%) Link
  22. Yang S-H, Tseng C-H, Huang C-R, Chen C-P, Tandon K, Lee STM, Chiang P-W, Shiu J-H, Chen CA and Tang S-L, 2017, “Long-Term Survey Is Necessary to Reveal Various Shifts of Microbial Composition in Corals”, Frontiers in Microbiology, 8, 1094. (SCI) (IF: 4.076; SCI ranking: 20.8%) Link
  23. James Davis Reimer, Maria Eduarda Alves Santos, Hiroki Kise, Mei Lin Neo, Chaolun Allen Chen, Keryea Soong, 2017, “Diversity of Zoantharia (Anthozoa: Hexacorallia) at Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea”, Regional Studies in Marine Science, 12, 49-57. Link
  24. Yaoyang Chuang, Marcelo Kitahara, Hironobu Fukami, Dianne Tracey, David J. Miller*, Chaolun Allen Chen*, 2017, “Loss and Gain of Group I Introns in the Mitochondrial Cox1 Gene of the Scleractinia (Cnidaria; Anthozoa)”, ZOOLOGICAL STUDIES, 56, 9. (SCI) (IF: 1.008; SCI ranking: 52.1%) Link
  25. Mei-Fang Lin, Aurelie Moya, Hua Ying, Chaolun Allen Chen, Ira Cooke, Eldon E. Ball, Sylvain Forêt, David J. Miller, 2017, “Analyses of Corallimorpharian Transcriptomes Provide New Perspectives on the Evolution of Calcification in the Scleractinia (Corals)”, Genome Biology and Evolution, 9(1),150-160. (SCI) (IF: 3.979; SCI ranking: 25.1%,29.2%) Link
  26. Shashank Keshavmurthy, Kuo-Hsun Tang, Chao-Yang Kuo, Keryea Soong, Chaolun Allen Chen*, 2017, “Symbiodinium spp. associated with scleractinian corals from Dongsha Atoll (Pratas), Taiwan in the South China Sea”, PeerJ, 5, e2871. (SCI) (IF: 2.177; SCI ranking: 31.3%) Link
  27. Roberto Arrigoni, Michael L Berumen, Chaolun Allen Chen, Tullia I Terraneo, Andrew H Baird, Claude Payri, Francesca Benzoni, 2016, “Species delimitation in the reef coral genera Echinophyllia and Oxypora (Scleractinia, Lobophylliidae) with a description of two new species”, MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION, 105, 146-159. (SCI) (IF: 4.419; SCI ranking: 20.8%,19.2%,22.1%) Link
  28. Mei Fang Lin, Wen Hwa Chou, Marcelo V Kitahara, Chao Lun Allen Chen, David John Miller, Sylvain Foret​, 2016, “Corallimorpharians are not “naked corals”: insights into relationships between Scleractinia and Corallimorpharia from phylogenomic analyses”, PeerJ, 4, e2463. (SCI) (IF: 2.177; SCI ranking: 31.3%) Link
  29. Roberto Arrigoni*, Francesca Benzoni*, Danwei Huang, Hironobu Fukami, Chaolun Allen Chen, Michael L. Berumen, Mia Hoogenboom, Damian P. Thomson, Bert W. Hoeksema, Ann F. Budd, Yuna Zayasu, Tullia I. Terraneo, Yuko F. Kitano, Andrew H. Baird, 2016, “When forms meet genes: revision of the scleractinian genera Micromussa and Homophyllia (Lobophylliidae) with a description of two new species and one new genus”, CONTRIBUTIONS TO ZOOLOGY, 85(4), 387-422. (SCI) (IF: 1.972; SCI ranking: 20.9%) Link
  30. S.-T. Hsiao, S.-C. Chuang, K.-S. Chen, P.-H. Ho, C.-L. Wu, C. A. Chen*, 2016, “DNA barcoding reveals that the common cupped oyster in Taiwan is the Portuguese oyster Crassostrea angulata (Ostreoida; Ostreidae), not C. gigas”, Scientific Reports, 6, 34057. (SCI) (IF: 4.259; SCI ranking: 15.6%) Link
  31. H. J. Hsieh, C. K-C. Wen, Y.-C. Huang, K.-S. Chen, C.-F. Dai, C. A. Chen*, 2016, “Spatial patterns and environmental settings of non-reefal coral communities across the Tropics of Cancer in the Penghu Archipelago (Pescadores), Taiwan”, ZOOLOGICAL STUDIES, doi:10.6620/ZS.2016.55-45. (SCI) (IF: 1.008; SCI ranking: 52.1%) Link
  32. Christophe Vieira, Shashank Keshavmurthy, Se-Jong Ju, Kiseong Hyeong, Inah Seo, Chang-Keun Kang, Hyun-Ki Hong, Chaolun Allen Chen and Kwang-Sik Choi, 2016, “Population dynamics of a high-latitude coral Alveopora japonica Eguchi from Jeju Island, off the southern coast of Korea”, MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH, 67, 594-604. (SCI) (IF: 1.757; SCI ranking: 44.4%,40%,30%,40%) Link
  33. L. R. Deulofeu, V. Denis, S. De Palmas, C.-Y. Kuo, H. J. Hsieh, C. A. Chen*, 2016, “Structure of benthic communities along the Taiwan latitudinal gradient”, PLoS One, 11(8), e0160601. (SCI) (IF: 2.766; SCI ranking: 23.4%) Link
  34. G. Suzuki, S. Keshavmurthy, T. Hayashibara, C. C. Wallace, Y. Shirayama, C. A. Chen, H. Fukami, 2016, “Genetic evidence of peripheral isolation and low diversity in marginal populations of the Acropora hyacinthus complex”, CORAL REEFS, 35(4), 1419-1432. (SCI) (IF: 2.906; SCI ranking: 12.4%) Link
  35. Wen-Ming Chen, Li-Ping Liu, Chaolun Allen Chen, Jih-Terng Wang, Shih-Yi Sheu, 2016, “Thalassotalea montiporae sp. nov., isolated from the encrusting pore coral Montipora aequituberculata.”, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SYSTEMATIC AND EVOLUTIONARY MICROBIOLOGY, 66, 4077-4084. (SCI) (IF: 2.134; SCI ranking: 60.8%) Link
  36. M.-J. Ho, C.-M. Hsu, C. A. Chen*, 2016, “Wall of orange cup coral, Tubastraea coccinea, at the inlet breakwaters of a nuclear power plant, southern Taiwan”, Marine Biodiversity, DOI: 10.1007/s12526-016-0469-2. (SCI) (IF: 1.646; SCI ranking: 44.8%,38.9%) Link
  37. D. Huang, B. W. Hoeksema, A. Yang Amri, P. O. Ang, C. A. Chen, H. Huang, D. J. W. Lane, W. Y. Licuanan, Ouk Vibol, S. T. Vo, T. Yeemin, L. M. Chou, 2016, “ Conservation of reef corals in the South China Sea based on species and evolutionary diversity”, BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION, 25(2), 331-344. (SCI) (IF: 4.022; SCI ranking: 14.8%,21.6%,16.6%) Link