Aerosol and Cloud Research Group
Department of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
3915 W. Laporte Ave. Rm. 220
Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
Email: jeffrey.pierce AT colostate.edu
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008
BS, Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2003
Current Group Members
Post-doctoral researcher, Dalhousie University Department of Physics and Atmospheric ScienceCo-advised by Randall Martin
B.Sc., Meteorology (Honors), McGill University M.Sc., Oceanography, Dalhousie University Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University Publications and CV
My work investigates the effects of clouds on aerosol size distributions: 1) cloud processing and 2) wet scavenging. One application of this work is an improved representation of these processes in global climate and air quality models since these effects strongly control global aerosol distributions.
email: croft AT mathstat.dal.ca
Post-doctoral researcher, Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science Co-advised by Sonia Kreidenweis
B.Sc., Materials Chemistry, Nankai University, China, 2005 Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2011
Near-source evaporation and condensation of biomass burning particles.
Post-doctoral researcher, Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science Co-advised by Emily Fischer
B.Sc., Atmospheric Science, Valparaiso University, 2008 Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2014
Wildfire aerosol modelling, observations and health impacts.
Doctoral Student, Colorado State University B.A. Atmospheric Science (Honors) and Astrophysics, U. of California, Berkeley, 2012 M.S. Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2015
The climate and health effects of cookstove emissions.
Doctoral Student, Colorado State University B.S. Physics and Applied Math (Summa Cum Laude), Weber State University, 2014 M.S. Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2016
Investigating the growth of ultrafine particles.
Doctoral Student, Colorado State University B.S. Chemical Engineering, B.S. Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, 2014 M.S. Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2016
Future forest fires and air quality.
Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University Primarily advised by Shantanu Jathar
B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), 2015
Ali is currently using 3D modeling to understand the atmospheric formation of organic aerosols from combustion sources, particularly gasoline and diesel motor vehicles.
Masters Student, Colorado State University B.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Washington, 2016
Understanding how wildfire smoke particles evolve in plumes and estimating the climate impacts of these particles.
Masters Student, Colorado State University B.S. Physics, College of Charleston, 2016
Evaluating the impacts of wildfire smoke on health.
Past Group Members
ESMEI Summer Intership, Colorado State University B.S. Environmental Engineering, Missouri S&T, expected 2017
Evaluating wildfire smoke forecasts.
Ph.D. student, Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science
B.Sc., Physics (minor in Geography), UBC Okanagan
Diploma of Meteorology, Dalhousie, 2011
M.S., Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie, 2013
I am currently using a global model to study the effect of secondary organic aerosols on global aerosol size distributions. I am exploring the condensational behavior as well as the amount of secondary organic aerosol available. I am also exploring how anthropogenic changes in secondary organic aerosol between past and present climates influences aerosol size distributions.
email: sdandrea AT atmos.colostate.edu
Masters Student, Colorado State University Co-advised by Jeff Collett
B.S. Physics (HonoUrs), Dalhousie University, 2013
Masters Student, Colorado State University Co-advised by Jeff Collett
B.S. Atmospheric Science, Minor in Math (Magna Cum Laude, honors), University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2012
Emissions from oil and gas wells.
CMMAP Summer Intership, Colorado State University B.S. Meteorology, UNC Charlotte, expected 2016
Trash burning and air quality
Ph.D. student (2009-2014), Dalhousie University Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science
B.Sc., Physics and Applied Mathematics (Honours), Memorial University, 2007
Now a postdoctoral fellow at Leeds University, UK
I explored aerosol formation, growth and evolution in coal-fired power-plant plumes. These near-source aerosol processes are poorly represented in models used for evaluating the aerosol effects on clouds and climate. Furthermore, these aerosols also have a large impact on human health.
email: robin.stevens AT dal.ca
Masters Student, Colorado State University B.S. Physics (Honours), Dalhousie University, 2012
Chemistry and physics of biomass burning plumes.
Post-doctoral researcher (2011-2014), Dalhousie University Department of Physics and Atmospheric ScienceCo-advised by Richard Leaitch, Environment Canada
B.Sc., Physics, University of Sherbrooke M.Sc., Physics, Atmospheric Science, University of Helsinki Ph.D., Physics, Atmospheric Science, University of Helsinki
I mostly specialize in data analysis of measurement data. Previously, my focus was on ion-induced nucleation, and nucleation in general. During my post-doc I intend to look into aircraft measurements of aerosol, cloud and precipitation properties and draw links between them.
email: stephanie.gagne AT dal.ca
Masters student (2010-2012), Dalhousie University Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science
B.Sc., Earth Science (minor in Conservation and Resource Use, and History)
Eastern Michigan University, 2010
Now a PhD student at UMass
Looked at the effect of power-plant pollution controls on the chemistry and physics in the emissions plumes.
Undergraduate researcher and research assistant (2010-2012), Dalhousie University B.S. Physics (Honors), Dalhousie University, 2011
Performed measurements and modelling of aerosol chemistry and physics in the Canadian Rockies.
Scientific programmer, Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science
B.Eng., Chemical Engineering, The Cooper Union M.S., Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Sal is currently working on an overhaul of the GEOS-Chem with TOMAS aerosol microphysics modeling software. His efforts are targeted toward three goals:
- modernize GC-TOMAS to take advantage of distributed/parallel computing technology
- update GC-TOMAS source paradigms to encourage parallel development alongside the Geos-Chem core development.
- simplify the process of obtaining and using the many versions of GC-TOMAS
Fulfilling these goals will ensure that GC-TOMAS remains a state of the science tool and will encourage wider use in the scientific community.
email: sal.farina AT gmail.com
CMMAP Summer Intership, Colorado State University B.A. Physics, Scripps University, expected 2015
Long-range transport and sources of free-tropospheric aerosol particles.
Undergraduate researcher (2011-2013), Dalhousie University Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science
Exploring plume processing of aerosols.
Undergraduate researcher, Summer 2010 B.S. Physics (Honors), Dalhousie University, 2011 Now a masters student at McGill University Dept. of Physics
Developed and tested aerosol and cloud microphysics model.
Undergraduate researcher and research assistant (2010-2011), Dalhousie Univesity B.S. Physics (Honors), Dalhousie University, 2011
Global cosmic-ray/aerosol/cloud interactions.
Dust and sea-salt aerosol emissions.
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