Alex Chow

Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science

Office: Building B - 206, Baruch Institute
Phone: 843-546-1013
Fax: 843-546-6296

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 Educational Background

PhD Hydrologic Science
University of California, Davis 2000

MS Hydrologic Science
University of California, Davis 1998

BS Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley 1994


2020 Technical Editor of Journal of Environmental Quality
2020 USDA NIFA Grant (2020-67019-31022)
2019 Visiting Fellow, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL 2019 NSF Award (1852020)
2018 USDA NIFA Grant (2018-67019-27795)

 Research Interests

I have dedicated my research career to studying the budgets and chemistry of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in source water. I am particularly interested in understanding the influences of watershed disturbance on DOM exports affecting downstream biogeochemical processes and drinking water quality. My research investigates DOM dynamics in source waters, in terms of its photocatalytic properties in degrading contaminants of emerging concerns (CECs) and its treatability in forming disinfection byproducts (DBPs). I have employed instrumental analyses such as fluorescence spectroscopy and Fourier ransform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry, thermodynamic and kinetic calculations, controlled field and laboratory experiments, and watershed scale monitoring to study DOM dynamics in different water bodies under the influence of climate and land use changes.


Chen H, Blosser GD, Rücker AM, Liu X, Su Q, Conner WH, and Chow AT (2020) Molecular dynamics of foliar litter and dissolved organic matter along a decomposition process. Biogeochemistry 150, 17-30.

Huang G, Ng TW, Chen H, Chow AT, Liu S, and Wong PK (2020) Formation of assimilable organic carbon during drinking water disinfection: A microbiological prospect of disinfection byproducts. Environmental International 135: 105389.

Majidzadeh H, Chen H, Uzun H, Tsui M, Bao S, Karanfil T, and Chow AT (2020) Hurricane resulted in releasing more nitrogenous than carbonaceous disinfection byproduct precursors in coastal watersheds. Science of the Total Environment 705: 135785.

Tsui M, Uzun H, Majidzadeh H, Ulus Y, Zhang HY, Bao S, Blum J, Karanfil T, and Chow AT (2020) Concentration and isotopic composition of mercury in a blackwater river affected by extreme flooding events. Limnology and Oceanography 9999, 1-12.

Uzun H, Dahlgren RA, Olivares CI, Erdem CU, Karanfil T, and Chow AT (2020) Two-years of post-wildfire impacts on dissolved organic matter, nitrogen, and precursors of disinfection by-products in California stream waters. Water Research 181: 115891.


Dept. of Forestry & Environmental Conservation
Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology & Forest Science
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