University of Denver
• Ph.D. Program - Geography
University of Pennsylvania
• Master of Environmental Studies
University of California, Berkeley
• BS in Environmental Economics and Policy
Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Science (2017)
Chartered Financial Analyst Level II Candidate (2017)
• Passed Level I of the CFA Program in 2016
Professional Energy Manager (2014-2016)
• Certified by Schneider Electric and Institute of Energy Professionals
40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training (2014-2016)
• Certified by Compliance Solutions
My name is Tony and I am currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Denver. Before studying at DU, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014, and a Master of Environmental Studies degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
I am very passionate about the application of geographic information science and economics theories. My undergraduate education at UC Berkeley not only gave me a certain set of skills but also helped me understand my fields of interest and strengths that lie in economic and policy analysis. In particular, I was interested in the unique relationship between natural resources and economic development. At the University of Pennsylvania, this is where I learned how to apply the principles and lessons of resource management and environmental conservation in real life. I have enjoyed the interdisciplinary approach in my environmental studies program and have become fascinated by the clash between social interests, especially economic motives, and environmental needs.
My previous research had incorporated many economic modeling, ecology modeling, advanced remote sensing, and GIS skills to collect and analyze data. For example, I have used drones to create 3D maps and digital elevation models of the karst topography in South China Karst region. My diverse research projects enabled me to work with team members from different backgrounds and conduct research and analysis in different countries and environments – from the vast savannah of East Africa to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. My previous working experience had also taught me different computing, project management, marketing, and consulting skills. When I worked for the BBC Worldwide as a search engine optimization assistant, I learnt how to use data analysis and algorithm to promote online products. By working as a production assistant at UPenn, I was able to participate and facilitate the complete production process of UPenn’s online courses. My consulting experience provided me with deeper insights into how green energy and innovate policies can tackle the current environmental issues and even change people’s ways of life.