Yu-Chun Kao is a Biologist based out of Ann Arbor, MI.
I am a biologist at the Great Lakes Science Center. My research focuses on using quantitative methods to better understand the causal links between anthropogenic stressors and ecosystem changes. When I say "anthropogenic stressors", it usually means nutrients, invasive species, and climate change. When I say "ecosystems", it usually means lakes. When I say "changes", it usually means changes in fisheries resources. In general, I strive to provide useful information to support decision-making for ecosystem-based management.
09/2020–Now Biologist, USGS Great Lakes Science Center
03/2020–08/2020 Research Aquatic Ecologist, Eureka Aquatic Research, LLC, Ann Arbor, Michigan
04/2015–02/2020 CESU Research Associate, Michigan State University
01/2010–12/2014 Graduate Student Research Assistant, UM
05/2013–08/2013 Computing Consultant, ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods, UM
Education and Certifications
Ph.D. 2014 School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan (UM)
M.S. 2002 Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering (BSE), National Taiwan University (NTU)
B.S. 2000 Agricultural Engineering (Minor: Earth System Science Program), NTU
Honors and Awards
2018 GLSC Moffett Award for the best scientific publication in 2017
2013 UM Rackham Graduate School Ph.D. Dissertation Grant
2001 NTU BSE Engineering Research Scholarship endorsed by Sinotech Engineering Consultants
1998 NTU Presidential Award
Science and Products
Science and Products
Non-USGS Publications**Kao, Y.-C., Rogers, M.W., Bunnell, D.B., Cowx, I.G., Qian, S.S., Anneville, O., Beard, T.D., Brinker, A., Britton, J.R., Chura-Cruz, R., Gownaris, N.J., Jackson, J.R., Kangur, K., Kolding, J., Lukin, A.A., Lynch, A.J., Mercado-Silva, N., Moncayo-Estrada, R., Njaya, F.J., Ostrovsky, I., Rudstam, L.G., Sandström, A.L.E., Sato, Y., Siguayro-Mamani, H., Thorpe, A., van Zwieten, P.A.M., Volta, P., Wang, Y., Weiperth, A., Weyl, O.L.F., Young, J.D., 2020. Effects of climate and land-use changes on fish catches across lakes at a global scale. Nature Communications 11, 2526.Kao, Y.-C., Bunnell, D.B., Eshenroder, R.L., Murray, D.N., 2020. Describing historical habitat use of a native fish—Cisco (Coregonus artedi)—in Lake Michigan between 1930 and 1932. PLOS ONE 15, e0231420.Kao, Y.-C., Rogers, M.W., Bunnell, D.B., 2018. Evaluating stocking efficacy in an ecosystem undergoing oligotrophication. Ecosystems 21, 600–618.Kao, Y.-C., Adlerstein, S.A., Rutherford, E.S., 2016. Assessment of top-down and bottom-up controls on the collapse of alewives (Alosa pseudoharengus) in Lake Huron. Ecosystems 19, 803-831.
**Disclaimer: The views expressed in Non-USGS publications are those of the author and do not represent the views of the USGS, Department of the Interior, or the U.S. Government.