Dr Vikki Cheung

Dr Vikki Cheung

Project Manager

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



With a background in scientific research (BSc Geology; MSc Applied Marine Science; PhD Genetic Ecotoxicology), Vikki has over 20 years of experience in event and project management in both the private and academic sectors. Prior to her current role of Project Manager, which was held previously at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Vikki fulfilled the role of Scientific Coordinator for the Secretariat of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), where she oversaw and coordinated numerous international research and capacity building programmes including the Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography, the POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship Programme, shipboard training cruises via the Ocean Training Partnership, and represented POGO on intergovernmental fora (such as the Group on Earth Observations). Many of these projects were in collaboration with scientists from all around the world including those within the regions of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. 

Having recently completed the management of, and contributed to the research outputs, for the £6.7 million grant for the UK Research and Innovation's GCRF Blue Communities programme, Vikki now provides project management support to Work Package 2 of the GCRF PISCES project, the NERC funded Bio-Plastic-Risk project, and is the Centre Manager for the Centre of Doctoral Training in Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources (CDT SuMMeR). Previously, Vikki also has experience managing other marine science research projects including those funded by the Nippon Foundation, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Regional Development Fund via Interreg France-England Channel.

Earlier in her research career, Vikki also conducted laboratory and field-based research at the University of Plymouth over a period of 9 years, investigating the sub-lethal biological effects of contaminants (ecotoxicology) using biomarkers in marine invertebrates and delivered lectures and practical sessions to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as working on projects funded by the Environment Agency and UNESCO.


PhD Genetic Ecotoxicology

MSc Applied Marine Science

BSc Hons Geology




  • Anghileri, D., Kandel, M., Austen, M.C., Cheung, V.V., Coskeran, H., Devenish, A.J.M., Dunlop, P.S.M., Dzodzomenyo, M., Goh, H.C., Mwamakamba, S., et al. (2023). Rethinking North–South Research Partnerships Amidst Global Uncertainties: Leveraging Lessons Learned from UK GCRF Projects during COVID-19. Land 2023, 12, 791. https://doi.org/10.3390/land12040791 

  • Kay, S., Avillanosa, A.L., Cheung, V.V., Dao, H.N., Gonzales, B.J., Palla, H.P., Praptiwi, R.A., Queirós, A.M., Sailley, S.F., Sumeldan J.D.C., Syazwan, W.M., Then, A.Y.H., Wee, H.B. (2023). Projected effects of climate change on marine ecosystems in Southeast Asian Seas. Frontier in Marine Science, Vol 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2023.1082170

  • Sajorne, R.E., Cayabo, G.D.B., Madarcos, J.R.V., Madarcos, K.G., Omar, D.M. Jr., Ardines, L.B., Sabtal, S.A., Mabuhay-Omar-J.A., Cheung, V., Creencia, L.A., Bacosa, H.P. (2022). Occurrence of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) litters along the eastern coast of Palawan Island, Philippines, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 182, 2022, 113934, ISSN 0025-326X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.113934.

  • Richter I., Roberts B. R., Sailley S. F., Sullivan E., Cheung V. V., Eales J., Fortnam M., Jontila J. B., Maharja C., Nguyen T. Ha., Pahl S., Praptiwi R. A., Sugardjito J., Sumeldan J. D. C., Syazwan W. M., Then A. Y. and Austen M. C. (2022). Building bridges between natural and social science disciplines: a standardized methodology to combine data on ecosystem quality trends Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B3772021048720210487 http://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2021.0487

  • Victoria Cheung, Andy Bell, Lota Creencia, Lora E. Fleming, Hong Ching Goh, Carya Maharja, Karyn Morrissey, Isabel Richter, Amy Yee-Hui Then and Melanie C. Austen (2021). Blue Communities in Southeast Asia. In: Environmental Scientist, 30(1), 96-102 . https://www.the-ies.org/resources/creating-sustainable-future

  • Isabell Richter, Arlene Avillanosa, Victoria Cheung, Hong Ching Goh, Sofia Johari, Susan Kay, Carya Maharja, Thu Hà Nguyễn, Sabine Pahl, Jito Sugardjito, Joel Sumeldan, Quyen van Nguyen, Hien Thuc Vu, Wan Nur Syazana Wan Mohamad Ariffin and Melanie C. Austen (2021).  Looking Through the COVID-19 Window of Opportunity: Future Scenarios Arising From the COVID-19 Pandemic Across Five Case Study Sites. Front. Psychol., 07 July 2021 https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.635686

  • LJ Dallas, VV Cheung, AS Fisher, AN Jha (2013). Relative sensitivity of two marine bivalves for detection of genotoxic and cytotoxic effects: a field assessment in the Tamar Estuary, South West England. Environmental monitoring and assessment 185 (4), 3397-3412. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-012-2800-0

  • Victoria V Cheung, Tamara S Galloway, Michael H Depledge (2009). Chemical disruption of biological phenomena. Ecology-Volume II. Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems Publications. https://www.eolss.net/sample-chapters/C06/E6-52-05.pdf 

  • VV Cheung, A Jha, R Owen, MH Depledge, TS Galloway (2006). Development of the in vivo chromosome aberration assay in oyster (Crassostrea gigas) embryo–larvae for genotoxicity assessment. Marine environmental research 62, S278-S282. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2006.04.018 

  • VV Cheung, P Simpson, AW Knight, PA Cahill, AK Charles, MH Depledge, Richard Owen, Tamara S Galloway (2006). A comparison of prokaryotic, eukaryotic, cytogenetic and direct toxicity assays to evaluate the toxicity of industrial effluents. Marine Environmental Research, 62, S307-S308. 

  • VV Cheung, IRB McFadzen, BP Lyons, MH Depledge, AN Jha (2002). Photo-enhanced toxicity of benzo (a) pyrene in the haemocytes of Mytilus edulis. Marine Environmental Research 54 (3), 591-600. 

  • Franck A Atienzar, Victoria V Cheung, Awadhesh N Jha, Michael H Depledge (2001). Fitness Parameters and DNA Effects Are Sensitive Indicators of Copper-Induced Toxicity in Daphnia magna. Toxicological sciences, 59,2,pp.241-250. https://doi.org/10.1093/toxsci/59.2.241
  • Awadhesh N Jha, Victoria V Cheung, Michael E Foulkes, Stephen J Hill, Michael H Depledge (2000). Detection of genotoxins in the marine environment: adoption and evaluation of an integrated approach using the embryo–larval stages of the marine mussel, Mytilus edulis. Mutation Research 464, 2, pp.213-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1383-5718(99)00188-6
  • Victoria V Cheung, Michael H Depledge, Awadhesh N Jha (2006). An evaluation of the relative sensitivity of two marine bivalve mollusc species using the Comet assay. Marine Environmental Research, 62, S301-S305. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2006.04.053
  • VV Cheung, RJ Wedderburn, MH Depledge (1998). Molluscan lysosomal responses as a diagnostic tool for the detection of a pollution gradient in Tolo Harbour, Hong Kong. Marine Environmental Research 46 (1-5), pp.237-241. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0141-1136(97)00104-9
  • J Wedderburn, V Cheung, S Bamber, M Bloxham, MH Depledge (1998). Biomarkers of biochemical and cellular stress in Carcinus maenas: an in situ field study. Marine Environmental Research 46 (1-5), 321-324. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0141-1136(98)00016-6


  • Samy Djavidnia, Michael Ott, Sophie Seeyave, Victoria Cheung (2014). Oceans and Society: Blue Planet. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN: 1-4438-5639-8


  • Austen, M., Cheung, V. Creencia, L. The GCRF Blue Communities in Fleming, L.E., Praptiwi, R.A., Goh, H.C., Raps, H. (2022) Ocean(s) and Human Health: Risks and Opportunities. In: Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Life Below Water. p756-769. DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98536-7
  • Seeyave, S., Sathyendranath, S., Platt, T. & Cheung, V. (2014). Towards sustained ocean observations in developing countries. In: Djavidnia, S., Cheung, V, Ott, M. & Seeyave, S. (eds). Oceans and Society: Blue Planet, pp. 156-162. ISBN 978-1443856393, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.