Yu-Chun Kao, PhD


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.



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


Professional Experience (since 2010)

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


Selected Awards and Fellowships

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


For my full publication list: Google Scholar

(last update: 11/06/2020)