Minchao XU

Minchao XU

Career Interests

environmental law & policy analysis; Climate change mitigation; International development; Urban Sustainability
Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Global Environmental Change
Honors: Fulbright Scholar, US-China Government Joint Scholarship for Master’s Degree at Duke University
Coursework: Water Resource, Finance and Planning; Health/Eco Risk Assessment; ArcGIS; Energy Modeling
Bachelor of Science, 2016
School of Ecology and Environmental Science
East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
Major: Environmental Science
Ranking: 2nd/25 
GPA: 3.57/4.00

Professional Experience

Project assistant, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US
Mapped out health-adjacent impacts of extreme heat on the United States (Story map in ArcGIS). Quantified the impacts of extreme heat events on workforce productivity and damage costs avoided for extreme heat mitigation.  March 2017-
Science Intern, Earthjustice, Washington DC, US
Conducted analytical literature research to advise and brief litigation team on technical and scientific background relevant to various environmental issues. Collaborated with litigation team to help create technical comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Completed 11 memorandums over 8 projects over the 11-week Stanback internship program. May- Aug 2017
Research Assistant, Environmental Toxicology Lab, East China Normal University, China
Examined toxic effects of pesticides on amphibians via embryo deformation and behavioral changes. Completed two National Undergraduate Training Programs for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Published two articles and delivered prize winning presentations on experimental results. April 2013-May 2016
Engineering Intern, Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center, China
Implemented experiment methods in examining Nitrogen and Phosphorus in waste water. Tested over 3,000 waste water samples to measure N and P’s influence on freshwater ecosystems. Managed daily sample data and generated contaminant reports. Oct-Nov 2015
Research Assistant, International Environmental Toxicology Lab, University of Calgary, Canada
Independent study of how Caffeine disrupts the ontogeny of stress response in zebrafish. Bred over 1,600 zebrafish embryos and conducted molecular biology level testing (BCA and Glucose assay). Proved that caffeine detected in municipal wastewater affected the behaviors of zebrafish larvae. July-Oct 2015
Minister of Environment in G20 Youth Forum, Munich, Germany
Explained environmental policies in China and shared insights with the committee. Discussed healthcare and ecological education issues with delegates from over 20 countries. Drafted suggestions on improving ecological education and presented the draft to UN. May 2015

Additional Information

Technical Skills: ArcGIS, AutoCAD, MATLAB, SPSS, Mathematica, MS Office, Origins, Adobe Audition
Involvement: Student Association for Geospatial Analysis, Voice of East China Normal University(Broadcasting)


environmental health
excel modeling
greenhouse gas mitigation strategies
water resources management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Law / Legal
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government