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Yu-Chun Kao, PhD

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.

Professional Experience

  • 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

**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.