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Environmental Scientist

Seattle, WA
March 12, 2018

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Kuo-Pei Tsai **** **nd Ave NW Apt 3C

Phone: 617-***-**** Seattle, WA 98107


Environmental scientist focused on biogeochemistry, aquatic toxicology, and water chemistry with comprehensive knowledge of public health and environmental regulations.

Extensive experience in field investigation of water and air quality.

Proven interpersonal skills developed from teaching and work experiences.

Outstanding writing skill and data analysis developed from experience in peer-reviewed journal publications. EDUCATION

Clemson University Clemson, SC

Ph.D., Forest Resources May, 2017

Harvard University, School of Public Health (Exposure, Epidemiology & Risk Program) Cambridge, MA M.S., Environmental Health May, 2010

National Chiao Tung University Hsinchu, Taiwan

M.S., Environmental Engineering Jun 2005

Tunghai University Taichung, Taiwan

B.S., Environmental Science Jun 2000


Clemson University Georgetown, SC

Postdoctoral Researcher May – Aug 2017

Collaborated with US Forest Service staff in Colorado to study lasting effect of Hayman Fire severity on temporal variations of dissolved organic matter (DOM) and precursors of drinking water disinfection byproduct (DBP).

Outlined and drafted US EPA grant proposal.

Earthwatch Summer Program Georgetown, SC

Instructor Jun – Aug 2015

Taught high school teachers and students basic water chemistry analysis and greenhouse gas sampling in salt marsh wetland. Clemson University Clemson / Georgetown, SC

Graduate Research Assistant 2010 – 2017

Studied alterations of thermally-altered DOM during biogeochemical reactions.

Accomplished one-year field investigation of stream water chemistry and DBP precursors in unburned and burned watersheds in Francis Marion National Forest, SC.

Predicted responses of toxin-producing algae and aquatic organisms to exposures of algaecides.

Investigated copper accumulation in the pond sediment from algaecide applications.

Explored effectiveness of copper algaecides on controlling problematic algae in the field. Cambridge Public Health Department Cambridge, MA

Student Intern Jun – Aug 2009

Consulted with the staff on study design for the proposed air quality project.

Developed measurement and instrument protocols for data collection.

Coordinated and trained community volunteers working on data collection.

Evaluated data using standard statistical methods to determine air quality. Harvard University Cambridge, MA

Graduate Research Assistant 2008 – 2010

Analyzed metal concentrations in dust and soil samples collected from Superfund sites using handheld XRF.

Evaluated effectiveness of wall design in reducing ambient air pollution

(NO2 and ultrafine particles) in the Logan Airport community. Tainan Hydraulics Laboratory, National Cheng Kung University Tainan, Taiwan Research Engineer 2005 – 2008

Investigated impacts of water quality on fish population in drinking water reservoirs.

Designed bench-scale tests to study reverse osmosis and polyol compounds for boron removal.

Data analysis for nearshore and deep sea water quality in the east coast of Taiwan.

Coordinated simulation practice for emergencies of oil spill. Center for Environmental Safety and Health, Industrial Technology Research Institute Hsinchu, Taiwan Student Intern Jun – Aug 2004

Assessed metal concentrations in solid wastes and sludge using the toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP). National Chiao Tung University Hsinchu, Taiwan

Graduate Research Assistant 2003 – 2005

Characterized quantitative structural activity relationships (QSAR) among environmental contaminants and associated toxicities to aquatic organisms. Republic of China Army Dongyin, Taiwan

Chemical and Logistics Corporal 2000 – 2002

Managed military necessities in the whole battalion. Taichung Industrial Park Service Center Taichung, Taiwan Student Intern Jun – Aug 2000

Surveyed solid waste disposal setup in each company in the industrial park.

Established associated database with GIS.


[1] Tsai, K.P., Uzun, H., Karanfil, T., Chow, A.T. 2017. Dynamic Changes of Disinfection Byproduct Precursors following Exposures of Microcystis aeruginosa to Wildfire Ash Solutions. Environmental Science & Technology. 51, 8272-8282.

[2] Tsai, K.P., Chow, A.T. 2016. Growing Algae Alter Spectroscopic Characteristics and Chlorine Reactivity of Dissolved Organic Matter from Thermally-Altered Forest Litters. Environmental Science & Technology. 50, 7991-8000.

[3] Tsai, K.P. 2016. Management of Target Algae by Using Copper-Based Algaecides: Effects of Algal Cell Density and Sensitivity to Copper. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution. 227(7), 1-11.

[4] Tsai, K.P. 2015. Effects of two copper compounds on Microcystis aeruginosa cell density, membrane integrity, and microcystin release. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 120, 428-435.

[5] Tsai, K.P., Chen, C.Y. 2007. An algal toxicity database of organic toxicants derived by a closed system technique. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 26, 1931-1939. SKILLS

Software: Microsoft Office, SigmaPlot, OriginPro, MATLAB, SAS, SPSS, STATA, ArcGIS, AutoCAD

Analytical instruments: Optical microscope, Coulter counter, TOC analyzer, HPLC, IC, GC, ICP, Atomic absorption spectrometer, UV/Vis, Handheld XRF

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