Prof. Wen-Xiong Wang’s major research interest lies in understanding the biogeochemistry, bioavailability and toxicity of metals to aquatic organisms. Prof. Wang has authored >420 peer-reviewed publications on subjects related to metal ecotoxicology and biogeochemistry. He is the corresponding or first author for the majority of his publications. He is one of the Editors of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Associate Editor of Environmental Pollution, and serves on the editorial boards of many other international journals. His work is widely cited (>16,000 times), with a current H-index of 69 (Google Scholar). He received the prestigious Overseas Distinguished Young Scientist Award from the Chinese National Science Foundation in 2002, the Biwako Prize for Ecology in Japan in 2003 for his work on metals in aquatic systems, the Changjiang Chair Professorship in 2006, the First Prize in Natural Science from the Ministry of Education in China in 2009 for his work on the trophic transfer of metals, and the First Prize in Environmental Protection Science and Technology from the Ministry of Environmental Protection in 2016. He is an Elected Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology 'FIMarEST' (UK-based), and an Elected Fellow of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).
In this talk, I will present an overview of the metal pollution in estuary in China, and highlight how such pollution has indeed caused severe impacts on local biota and economy. It remains a great challenge to study the biology and chemistry of metals in such complicated large scale estuarine environment.