Atmospheric Sciences


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Frank Keutsch

Stonington Professor of Engineering and Atmospheric Science; Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology; Affiliated Faculty Member of Earth and Planetary Sciences; Area Chair for Environmental Science and Engineering
Research in the Keutsch group is aimed at improving our understanding of photochemical oxidation processes of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that produce tropospheric ozone (O3) and are central to secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. O3 and aerosol affect human health and climate, and uncertainties in the radiative effects of aerosol comprise the largest uncertainties in current estimates of anthropogenic forcing of climate. Our scientific approach builds on enabling new field observations of key VOC oxidation intermediates (OVOCs) via instrumentation and method development.

Laboratory Manager/Administrator: Lori Reck

CCB/Link Building 268
p: (617) 495-1878
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Elsie Sunderland

Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry; Affiliated Faculty Member of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Elsie M. Sunderland is the Gordon McKay Professor Environmental Chemistry at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and in the Department of Environmental Health in the Harvard School of Public Health, and an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.  She is a Faculty Associate in the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. 

Research in the Sunderland Lab focuses on how biogeochemical processes affect the fate, transport and food web bioaccumulation of trace metals and organic chemicals. Her group develops and applies models at a variety of scales ranging from ecosystems and ocean basins (e.g., the Gulf of Maine, the North Pacific and Arctic Oceans) to global applications to characterize how changes in climate and emissions affect human and ecological health, and the potential impacts of regulatory activities. Her group also makes key measurements of chemical concentrations and reaction rates in environmental samples (natural waters, sediments, and aquatic biota) and humans (hair, blood) to parameterize and evaluate environmental models.

Ongoing research is elucidating the biogeochemical cycling of compounds with contrasting physical and chemical properties that can be used to obtain insights into the varying exposure pathways and environmental lifetimes for industrial chemicals. The innovation in this work is to quantitatively analyze the entire exposure pathway for these compounds to identify their properties in air and water (e.g., stability in the atmosphere, photodegradation in water, environmental partitioning behavior) that enhance chemical persistence and ultimate accumulation in biota.

Assistant: Brenda Mathieu

Pierce Hall 127
p: (617) 496-0858
Scot Martin

Scot Martin

Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry

Scot T. Martin is the Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry at Harvard University, with appointments in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences & the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

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29 Oxford Street, Pierce Hall, Room 126
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Office Location: Pierce Hall 122
p: 617-495-7620 f: 617-496-1471
Steven Wofsy

Steven Wofsy

Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science; Area Chair for Environmental Science and Engineering

Chemistry of the atmosphere on global and regional scales, including stratospheric and tropospheric chemistry.

20 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Office location - Geological Museum 453
p: (617) 495-4566, f: (617) 495-2768
Daniel Jacob

Daniel Jacob

Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering

Air pollution, atmospheric transport, regional and global atmospheric chemistry, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, climate change.

Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Office location - Pierce Hall 110C
p: 617-495-1794, f: 617-495-4551
James Anderson

James Anderson

Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry

Gas-phase kinetics of free radicals; catalytic processes in the atmosphere controlling global change of ozone; high-altitude experiments from balloons and aircraft; development of laser systems for stratospheric and tropospheric studies; development of high-altitude, long-duration unmanned aircraft for studies of global change.

Anderson Group/CCB
Harvard University
12 Oxford Street,
Link Bldg.
Cambridge, MA 01238
p: 617-495-5922

Ding Ma

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Kuang Group

Ding Ma received his Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University. Advised by Prof.ZhimingKuang, his dissertation research investigated three dominant patterns of large-scale atmospheric variability, namely the South Asian monsoon, Madden-Julian Oscillation and the annular mode.Beforemoving back to Harvard, he was an Earth Institute Fellow at Columbia University, where he was working with Prof. Adam Sobel to explore extreme weather associated with large-scale variability. His work emphasizes a combination of observational analysis andnumerical modeling. Guided by observations, numerical experiments are designed and conducted to pursue a better theoretical understanding of the large-scale atmospheric variability in the past, present and future. The main goal of his work is to identify essentialphysical mechanisms governing the large-scale circulation variability.... Read more about Ding Ma

Geo Museum 404
Lucy hutyra

Lucy Hutyra


Lucy R. Hutyra is an Associate Professor of Earth & Environment at Boston University. Her research focuses on the atmosphere-biosphere exchange of CO2, with a particularly focus on urban systems.

Her recent work has focused on improving ecosystem models for carbon exchange within cities, emissions inventories, and the development urban carbon monitoring systems. Hutyra is the Director of the Urban Climate Research Initiative and the Associate Director for the NRT PhD training program on biogeosciences & environmental health at Boston University. She holds a Ph.D. in Earth & Planetary Sciences from Harvard University and a B.S. in Forestry from University of Washington.

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2017 Sep 26

ESE/EPS Seminar: Anna M. Michalak, “Moving from Water Quantity to Quality: Exploring Climate Impacts on Eutrophication”

4:00pm to 5:00pm


Haller Hall, Geological Museum Room 102, 24 Oxford St.

Dr. Anna M. Michalak is a faculty member in the Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution for Science and a professor in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University. She studies the cycling and emissions of greenhouse gases at urban to global scales – scales directly relevant to informing climate and policy – primarily through the use of atmospheric observations. She also explores climate change impacts on freshwater and coastal water quality via influences on nutrient delivery to, and on conditions within, water bodies. Her approach is focused on the...

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Jim Anderson Awarded the Benton Medal

Jim Anderson Awarded the Benton Medal

June 27, 2016

Please join us in extending congratulations to our friend and colleague Jim Anderson, who was awarded the Benton Medal for Distinguished Public Service by the University of Chicago.  This honor is intended to honor people "who have rendered distinguished public service in the field of education" making Jim a particularly worthy recipient! The UChicago News describes this wonderful honor in...

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Jim Anderson Awarded the 2016 Polanyi Medal

October 27, 2015

The British Royal Society of Chemistry has awarded the 2016 Polanyi Medal to Professor Jim Anderson. The Polanyi Medal is awarded every two years for outstanding contributions to the field of Chemical Kinetics.   

Quoting  from the RSC website, "The Polanyi medal is named after Professor Michael Polanyi, 1891-1976, whose research helped to define the modern subject of gas kinetics...

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