PhD Candidate
PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland
Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science
Google Scholar Citations:

Hubert has a passion for the mammals of the African savanna and is particularly interested in the way modern society interacts with the natural environment. Growing up in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong, he became very aware of anthropogenic impacts on the natural environment. His doctoral research focuses on the demand for rhino horn in China for use in traditional Chinese medicine, which aims to better inform conservation decision-making. Rhino poaching has increased dramatically over the past decade and poses a serious threat to these species, making it imperative to gain an understanding of the factors driving demand in Asia. His PhD is being conducted under the supervision of Hugh Possingham, Lorraine Mazerolle and Duan Biggs.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Hubert worked at the World Green Organisation, an environmental NGO in Hong Kong, where he oversaw the operational aspects of a business engagement program that promotes corporate sustainability. He completed a master’s degree in ecological consultancy at Newcastle University in England, where he investigated the minimum critical specifications for species conservation planning. During his undergraduate studies in zoology at the University of Guelph, Hubert conducted a cost-benefit analysis of tourism in Kenya’s protected areas.

Animals and conservation aside, Hubert has a great love of soccer.



  • Cheung, H., Wang, Y., Biggs, D. (2018). China's reopened rhino horn trade. Science, 362(6421), 1369-1369. DOI: 10.1126/science.aav9392

  • Cheung, H., Mazerolle, L., Possingham, H., Biggs, D. (2018). Medicinal use and legalized trade of rhinoceros horn from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in Hong Kong. Tropical Conservation Science, 11.​



  • Biggs, D., Cheung, H., Watson, J., Redford, K. (2016). Trump presidency presents challenges and opportunities for the environment.