Alex Chow

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

Office: Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology & Forest Scien
Phone: 843-546-1013 x 232
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


2015 Outstanding Associate Editor of Journal Of Environmental Quality
2015 NSF Award (1529927)
2015 USEPA National Priorities Research Grant (R835864)
2014 Joint Fire Science Program Research Grant (14-1-06-19 / 14-1-06-11)
2014 USDA NIFA Grant (SCN-2013-02784)

 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.


Wang JJ, Dahlgren RA, and Chow AT (2015) Controlled burning of forest detritus altering spectroscopic characteristics and chlorine reactivity of dissolved organic matter: Effects of temperature and oxygen availability. Environmental Science & Technology 49: 14019-14027

Lo A, and Chow AT (2015). The relationship between climate change concern and national wealth. Climatic Change 131(2): 335-348.

Wang JJ, Dahlgren RA, Ersan M, Karanfil T, Chow AT (2015) Wildfire altering terrestrial precursors of disinfection byproducts in forest detritus. Environmental Science & Technology 49: 5921-5929.

Yu XB, Hawley-Howard J, Wang JJ, Pitt AL, Baldwin R, Chow AT (2015) Water quality of small seasonal wetland in the Piedmont ecoregion, South Carolina, USA: Effects of land-use and hydrology. Water Research 73: 98-108.

Ng TW, Chow AT, and Wong PK (2014) Duel roles of dissolved organic matter in photo-irradiated Fe(III)-contained waters. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 290: 116-124.


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