Ka Ming FUNG

Ka Ming FUNG

Postdoctoral Associate

Atmospheric Chemistry and Composition Modeling Group

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

About “Ka-ming”

I am an Earth System Scientist studying the impacts of natural processes and human activities on air quality, food security, environmental health, and climate change, using process-based models, such as:

  • Community Earth System Model (CESM) for modeling soil ammonia emission, and marine sulfur aerosols;
  • GEOS-Chem to estimate aerosol pollution driven by agricultural ammonia emissions, and;
  • DeNitrification-DeComposition (DNDC) to model crop yields of maize-soybean intercropping.

Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Associate in Prof. Colette Heald’s group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I graduated with a Ph.D. from Prof. Amos Tai’s group at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 2019.


  • Atmosphere-biosphere-climate Interactions
  • Food Security & Sustainable Farming
  • Climate & Environmental Policy
  • Earth System Modeling


  • Ph.D. in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, 2019

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • M.Sc. in Mathematics, 2012

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, 2009

    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Recent & Upcoming Talks

AGU Fall Meeting 2020
CESM Land Model Working Group Meeting 2020

Research Experience


Postdoctoral Associate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sep 2019 – Present Boston, USA
  • Supervisor: Prof. Colette Heald
  • Project: Exploring natural aerosol formation from Dimethyl Sulfide (DMS) oxidation and implications for aerosol forcing

Visiting Researcher

University of Sheffield

Mar 2019 – May 2019 Sheffield, UK
  • Hosted by: Dr. Maria Val Martin
  • Supported by: Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence, CUHK
  • Project: Modeling agricultural ammonia emission associated with fertilizer

Visiting Scholar

Emory University

Oct 2017 – Mar 2018 Atlanta, UK
  • Hosted by: Prof. Eri Saikawa
  • Supported by: Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Emory University
  • Project: Modeling maize-soybean intercropping

Awards & Honors

Trusted Reviewer

Postgraduate Scholarship

Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence

Reaching Out Award

Pre-doctoral Fellowship

Winning Team Member of The Young Scholar Competition

Service Award


Professional Activities

Serving the Academic Community

Community Services

Serving the Society

Teaching Experience

Nurturing New Generations