Ka Ming FUNG

Ka Ming FUNG

Data Scientist

About “Ka-ming”

I am a Data 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.

I graduated with a Ph.D. from Prof. Amos Tai’s group at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 2019. Then, I worked with Prof. Colette Heald’s group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Postdoctoral Associate until 2021.

I use my Cantonese name “Ka Ming Fung” for my academic publications, though I am also known as Victor.


  • Food Security & Sustainable Farming
  • Atmosphere-biosphere Interactions
  • 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 – Aug 2021 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

Outstanding Reviewer for Environmental Research Communications for 2020

Recognition of the high quality and timeliness of reviewers' reports during the year.

Trusted Reviewer

IOP trusted reviewer status will be achieved following the submission of a top-quality review report, as graded by IOP’s experienced editors. It indicates a high level of peer review competence and the ability to constructively critique scientific literature to an exceptional standard.

Postgraduate Scholarship

This Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit. Awardees are expected to have a well developed sense of social awareness.

Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence

The programme provides basic funding support to CUHK PhD students to undertake short-term research visits to selected institutions.

Reaching Out Award

The Reaching Out Award (ROA) aims to support meritorious students enrolled in full-time publicly-funded programmes at sub-degree or above levels to participate in learning, internship or service programmes, as well as national, regional and international events and competitions that are conducted outside Hong Kong and organised/endorsed by institutions.

Pre-doctoral Fellowship

It seeks pre-doctoral fellows whose research is quantitatively oriented, and whose intellectual contribution to Emory enriches the synthesis of quantitative theory and social sciences.

Service Award for 2015/16 and 2016/17


Professional Activities

Serving the Academic Community

Community Services

Serving the Society

Teaching Experience

Nurturing New Generations