Principal Investigator

 Prof. Kimberly A. Prather
 Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry
 Holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry &  Biochemistry and Scripps Institution of Oceanography
 Office phone: 858-822-5312

Research Scientists

Dr. Olivia Ryder

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Olivia is a project scientist and joined the group in 2015 as a postdoc. Her research interests include understanding how marine enzyme activity impacts sea spray chemistry and morphology as well as how emission of gases from marine bacteria may impact SOA formation. She is also the education & outreach coordinator for CAICE.


Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Louise Kristensen

Dr. Chris Lee
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Louise joined the group in 2016 from Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). Her research interests include characterizing anthropogenic emissions, particularly toxic substances and understanding aerosol composition. Louise is working on the CalWater field campaigns.
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Chris is a laboratory manager and postdoc in CAICE with interests in understanding the role of photochemistry and marine-derived enzymes on the chemistry of sea spray aerosols. He joined the Prather Group in 2011 after graduating from University of Wisconsin - Madison. 

Graduate Students

Charlotte Beall
Gavin Cornwell
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Charlotte joined the Prather Group in 2014 from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently a PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, she studies ice nucleating particles (INPs) in coastal and remote ocean environments with a focus on characterizing number distributions and composition of biogenic INPs.
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Gavin joined the Prather research group in 2013. His research interests include understanding the source and composition of marine INPs, as well as how non-marine aerosols interact with the ocean and marine aerosols.

Wyeth Gibson

Tricia Light
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Wyeth joined the Prather Group in Fall 2018 after graduating from University of California, Irvine.  His research interests include instrumentation development for increased characterization ability of single aerosol particles. 
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Tricia joined the Prather Group in Fall 2018 as a PhD student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She has a bachelors degree in Chemistry from Scripps College, and she is interested in the intersection between marine carbon biogeochemistry and sea spray aerosol. 
Kathryn Mayer

Brock Mitts
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Kathryn joined the Prather Group in 2015 after graduating from the College of William and Mary. Her research interests focus on formation and properties of secondary marine aerosol, and its role as a cloud condensation nuclei.

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Brock joined the lab in 2016. He is currently researching the distinction between submicron and supermicron sea spray aerosols to better understand the distribution of particles released from bursting bubbles.

Alexia Moore

Matthew Pendergraft
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Alexia joined the Prather group in Fall 2018 after graduating from Howard University. Her research interests focus on using mass spectrometry to understand trace gases in the atmosphere.
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Matt joined the Prather Group in 2014 as a PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He investigates how marine bacterial enzymes influence sea spray aerosol composition and ice nucleation.

Brooke Rasina

Mitchell Santander
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Brooke graduated from UC San Diego in Spring 2018 with a bachelors degree in Environmental Systems and a minor in Marine Science. She joined the Prather group in Summer 2018. Her research interests lie in molecular structure and function. Currently her project plans are to try to identify key functional groups that make ice nucleating particles effective.
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Mitch joined the Prather Group in 2012 after graduating from the University of San Francisco. His interests focus on using spectroscopic techniques to chemically characterize organic matter in seawater and sea spray and investigating the factors controlling transfer of organic and biological material across the air-sea interface.

Jon Sauer

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Jon joined the Prather Group in 2014 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin: Stevens Point. His research focuses on the detection and quantification of volatile organic carbon species from distressed microalgae as well as the development of mass spectrometry instrumentation. 


Undergraduate Students

Tim Carroll

Lee Elmont
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Ikran Ibrahim

Young Jeong
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Clare Morris

Ben Rico
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Clare joined the group in 2018 and is interested in the how sea spray aerosols relate to public health. She is currently investigating how enzymatic activity in SSA affects artificial pulmonary surfactants.
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Lab Technicians

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Research Group Coordinator



 Monica Castrejón

 Joe Mayer