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Research in my lab at Carleton focuses on understanding the properties of aerosol particles in the troposphere. Specifically, we are interested in these factors:

  • size
  • chemical composition
  • source
  • reactivity

We are interested in understanding these aerosol properties on the level of the individual particle, in order to gain a more detailed understanding of the variability of aerosol pollution in the ambient troposphere. Much of our work has been done in collaboration with Professor Kimberly Prather at the University of California, Riverside, who developed the Aerosol Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (ATOFMS), a transportable instrument capable of measuring size and chemical composition of individual aerosol particles. We have been lucky enough to work with these instruments in the summers of 1999 and 2000.

Since 1999, research in my group has been carried out at Carleton College, at an E.P.A. SuperSite in Atlanta, GA, and in the Caldecott Tunnel in Berkeley, CA. In each of these sites, we have been working with individual aerosol particle data. Discover more information and brief descriptions of my group’s research sites.