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Research and development at ASRC spans a broad spectrum of scientific areas, including: advanced sensor development; laboratory and field experiments in atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric physics, and aerosol microphysics; remote sensing of the environment; global aerosol forecasting, air quality, climate change, dispersion modeling; high performance computing, and data and visual analytics.

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Christopher Lawrence

Christopher Lawrence

Expected PhD completion date: May 2024
Advised by Dr. Sara Lance

Research focus: The complicated and understudied role clouds play in the chemical composition in the atmosphere. In particular, the chemical transformations of organic carbon and nitrogen within cloud droplets, and the growing role that wildfires in the Western United States and Canada are having on the organic carbon and nitrogen budgets in New York.

Dissertation title: To be determined

What influenced you to study atmospheric sciences? Climate change has always been a significant concern. Even as a kid, I was interested in becoming a scientist to help find solutions to the environmental problems contributing to climate change. When I entered high school, I became interested in chemistry and physics and was eager to apply what I learned in environmental science framework. Once I learned about the field of atmospheric sciences (and more specifically atmospheric chemistry), I knew this would be a great career path.

What do you hope to accomplish in terms of research goals? My major goal in the research is to gain better insight on the highly uncertain role the aqueous chemistry in cloud droplets in air quality, ecosystem health, and climate change, particularly under significant changes in atmospheric composition due to the Clean Air Act Amendments in the 1990s and increasing importance of wildfire events in North America.

What is your most recent achievement/award? I was recently awarded the Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) fellowship. This fellowship will continue to fund my graduate student work for the next 3 years. Read an abstract of the proposal.

Who do you aspire to be in the ATM scientific community? I’m hoping to become a highly interdisciplinary scientist to allow myself to work on a diverse range of topics and help solve highly complex environmental problems.

What inspiring message would you share with young aspiring female scientists who are just starting (think K-12) their academic career in the sciences? Don’t be afraid to try things, even if you make mistakes. Often, you learn more about the world from things that don’t work than from things that do. Work with all kinds of people, especially people outside your discipline. It’s impossible to know everything, so bringing different types of expertise can lead to better and more impactful science.

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