Committee Roster

Dr. Robert A. Duce – (Co-Chair)
Texas A&M University-College Station

Dr. Robert A.Duce is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences and retired Dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. He was also Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island. His research focuses on atmospheric and marine chemistry, including the global cycling of trace elements, and he was awarded the Rosenstiel Award in 1990 . He is presently chair of the NRC Ocean Studies Board and served on the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and chaired several NRC committees. Dr. Duce is a Fellow of the AGU, AMS, AAAS, and the Oceanography Society. He is past president of the Oceanography Society, the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, the International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution, and the ICSU Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR). He is also past chair and current member of the UN Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection, and he served on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board. He earned his Ph.D. in Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964.

Dr. Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts – (Co-Chair)
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts is a Professor at the University of California, Irvine. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Riverside. Her research is centered on obtaining a molecular level understanding of reactions that are known, or have the potential, to occur in the atmosphere. Her research has focused on reactions of airborne sea salt particles and reactions of oxides of nitrogen and organics in thin films on surfaces. Recent areas of focus include mechanisms of formation and growth of particles in air and the implications for air quality and climate in the future.

Dr. Lei Zhu
New York State Department of Health

Dr. Lei Zhu is a Research Scientist at the Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, and a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at SUNY-Albany. Dr. Zhu’s research program has been designed to investigate and understand what controls the atmosphere’s energy balance and how chemical reactions impact composition, pollutant and oxidant formation in the earth’s environment. Her research interests include kinetics and photochemistry of homogeneous and heterogeneous atmospheric reactions, atmospheric application of cavity ring-down spectroscopy and its novel variant, and atmospheric application of time-resolved FT-IR. Dr. Zhu received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University in 1991. She was an Enrico Fermi Scholar at Argonne National Laboratory from 1991 to 1993.

Dr. Christine Wiedinmyer
National Center for Atmospheric Research

Dr. Christine Wiedinmyer is a Scientist III in the Atmospheric Chemistry Division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Dr. Wiedinmyer’s research emphasizes the identification and quantification of various emission sources and modeling the transport and fate of pollutants in the atmosphere. Her research interests include evaluating ways in which climate, technology, and policy impact air quality. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Colette Heald
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Colette Heald is an Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interest focuses on using observations of the atmosphere from all scales (in situ to satellite) with global models to understand the composition and chemistry of the troposphere. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard in 2005.

Dr. Dylan Jones
University of Toronto

Dr. Dylan Jones is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. His research interest include chemical data assimilation of satellite observations of trace gases in the troposphere; inverse modeling of surfaces fluxes of environmentally important trace gases; and characterizing the impact of long-range transport of pollution on the global atmosphere. He received his Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University in 1998.

Dr. Scott C. Herndon
Aerodyne Research, Inc.

Dr. Scott C. Herndon is a Physical Chemist and Principal Scientist in the Center for Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry at Aerodyne Research, Inc. Since joining Aerodyne in 1999, his research interests have focused on the development and utilization of laboratory and field trace gas and fine particle instrumentation, together with modeling studies, to characterize and elucidate atmospheric processes relevant to stratospheric ozone depletion, urban and regional air quality and climate change. He has led over 20 field measurement campaigns to characterize and quantify air pollutant emission sources and map ambient pollution concentrations using suites of advanced, real-time spectroscopic and mass spectrometric instrumentation deployed on the Aerodyne Mobile Laboratory and on a range of research aircraft and ships. Most recently Dr. Herndon has developed an improved dual tracer release ratio method to quantify methane emissions from oil and gas production and transmission facilities and other sources in the US and Mexico. He is the author or co-author of over 50 archival publications addressing atmospheric science and physical chemistry issues. He earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the Unversity of Colorado.

Dr. Michael J. Prather
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Michael J. Prather is Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on: the simulation of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that determine atmospheric composition; the development of detailed numerical models of photochemistry and atmospheric radiation; and overal testing of global chemical transport models that describe ozone and other trace gases. Post-Ph.D., Dr. Prather was a research fellow at Harvard University and then a scientist at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, including also managing NASA HQ programs on upper atmosphere and aviation impacts. A fellow of the AGU, AAAS, and a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, he served from 1997 through 2001 as Editor-in-Chief of Geophysical Research Letters. He received a B.A. in mathematics from Yale University, a B.A. in physics from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics from Yale University. Dr. Prather has participated in key United Nations environmental efforts, including the international ozone assessments (1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994, 2010, 2014) and climate assessments (IPCC: 1992, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2013, 2014). Dr. Prather has served on numerous NRC committees, most recently as a member of the Assessment of NASA’s Earth Science Programs. He also previously served on the Committee on Methods for Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions, the Panel on Climate Variability and Change of the 2007 decadal survey on Earth science and applications from space, and the Committee for Review of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan.

Dr. Allen H. Goldstein
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Allen Goldstein is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests involve the interactions between atmospheric chemistry and terrestrial biogeochemistry, and how these interactions influence biosphere-atmosphere exchange and determine atmospheric composition. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1994.

Dr. William H. Brune
Pennsylvania State University

Dr. William H. Brune is a Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include atmospheric photochemistry from Earth’s surface to the stratosphere; atmospheric aerosol particle formation and aging; uncertainty and sensitivity analysis for atmospheric chemistry models and measurements; and new measurement strategies for atmospheric oxidation processes. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Tami Bond
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Tami Bond is a Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Civil and Environmental Engineering, an Affiliate Professor in Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Bond’s research addresses the aerosol chemistry, physics, and optics that govern the environmental impacts of particles from combustion. Her work includes laboratory studies of aerosol behavior, field measurements of emissions from small combustion sources, development of global emission inventories, and future emission projections, Dr. Bond is a member of American Geophysical Union and American Association for Aerosol Research and has authored or co-authored more than 60 scientific papers. She earned her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. Dr. Bond is a University Scholar at the University of Illinois, and a 2014 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.

Dr. Kimberly A. Prather
University of California, San Diego

Dr. Kimberbly A. Prather holds a joint appointment as a Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. Her research involves the development and application in field and lab studies of real-time measurements of size-resolved chemistry of aerosols. Dr. Prather is involved in aerosol source apportionment studies and her group is working to better understand the impact of specific aerosol sources on health and climate. They have conducted field studies at locations all over the world including India, Japan, Mexico City, and Korea. Dr. Prather is a member of the Fine Particle Monitoring Subcommittee of EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). She is on a number of editorial boards for journals including Aerosol Science and Technology. In addition, Dr. Prather is a member of a number of professional societies including the American Association for Aerosol Research, the American Chemical Society, and the American Geophysical Union.

Dr. Allison Steiner
University of Michigan

Dr. Allison Steiner is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests include biosphere-atmosphere interactions, regional climate modeling, chemistry-climate interactions, atmospheric aerosols, and biogenic VOC emissions. She received her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Georgia Institute of Technolog in 2003.

Dr. Athanasios Nenes
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Athanasios Nenes is a Professor, Georgia Power Scholar and Cullen-Peck Fellowat the Georgia Institute of Technology. His areas of research interests include aerosol-cloud interactions and their impacts on the hydrological cycle and climate; impacts of aerosol on extreme weather events and cyclogenesis; aerosol impacts on marine productivity, biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and the carbon cycle; parameterization of cloud microphysical processes and their representation in models; thermodynamic modeling of tropospheric aerosols; instrumentation and techniques for characterizing volatility, hygroscopicity, Cloud Condensation Nuclei (CCN) and Ice Nuclei (IN) activity of aerosols; laboratory and field studies on CCN/IN activity and aerosol-cloud interactions; and development of advanced sensitivity tools for use in air quality and climate models. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Califorinia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Annmarie Carlton
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,

Dr. Annmarie Carlton is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey. Her research interests include 3-dimensional photochemical modeling for air quality and climate with emphasis on atmospheric aqueous chemistry; formation of secondary organic aerosol through cloud processing; aerosol-cloud interactions; biogenic and anthropogenic influences on climate and air quality; and atmospheric processing of pollution. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey.