Atmospheric aerosol, or particulate matter, is harmful to human health, can disrupt sensitive ecosystems, contribute to both warming and cooling of Earth’s climate, and can cause poor visibility.
My research focuses on improving our understanding of the atmospheric chemistry of aerosols and quantifying air quality impacts from anthropogenic activities in order to gain information necessary to effectively mitigate these negative impacts.
Most recently, I have investigated the impacts of emissions from activities associated with oil and natural gas extraction on air quality in National Parks within the Bakken Formation Region. I am also interested in understanding the role of both gaseous and particulate species on atmospheric nitrogen deposition.
My research encompasses field measurements, laboratory analysis, and aerosol thermodynamic modeling to be able to examine various aspects of aerosol chemistry.
My passion for hiking, skiing, visiting our national parks, and just being in nature have motivated me to be an advocate for the environment to protect and preserve our natural spaces for current and future generations.
I also enjoy music of all types, including going to symphony orchestra concerts, attending Broadway musicals, listening to '90s-alternative while I work, enjoying church organ hymns, and playing the Great Highland bagpipes.
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