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

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Louise Kristensen
Dr. Olivia Ryder
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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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Olivia joined the group in 2015. 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.
Dr. Xiaofei Wang    
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Xiaofei joined the group in 2014. His current research focuses on understanding changes in sea spray production flux and chemistry.


Graduate Students

Hashim Al-Mashat
Charlotte Beall
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Hash joined the group in 2013 and has participated in field and laboratory studies looking at impacts of dust and biological aerosols on cloud formation. He is currently investigating new ATOFMS data analysis methods and is also involved in ATOFMS instrument development.
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Charlotte studies ice nucleating particles (INPs), which are particles that trigger rainfall in clouds.  She is currently interested characterizing number distributions and composition of marine biogenic INPs

Gavin Cornwell

Chris Lee
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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.

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Chris joined the Prather Group in 2011 after graduating from University of Wisconsin - Madison. His interest and current project focus on heterogeneous/multi-phase reactions of nascent sea spray aerosols with anthropogenic pollution gases in the atmosphere and their climate impacts

Kathryn Mayer

Matthew Pendergraft
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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 the CCN activity of marine aerosol and the hygroscopicity of secondary organic aerosol.
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Matthew came into the Prather group in 2014 after applying isotope geochemistry to the 2010 BP oil spill for his master's research.  Now a PhD student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, his current projects include tracking enzyme activities of phytolankton blooms and chasing dye from the CSIDE project 
in Imperial Beach's air.

Mitchell Santander

Jon Sauer
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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
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Jon joined the Prather Group in 2014 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin: Stevens Point. His current projects are centered on the usage of high-resolution mass spectrometry to characterize organic matter in sea spray aerosol as well as the sea surface microlayer.

Camille Sultana

Kara Voss
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Camille joined the group in 2011 after graduation from Harvey Mudd College.  She is currently focused in using ATOFMS to characterize the chemical and physical properties of individual sea spray particles.  She is developing techniques to use the ATOFMS to explore spatial chemical heterogeneity and water retention and uptake of sea spray aerosols.
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Kara joined the lab in 2015. Her research involves use of satellite, ground, and airborne atmospheric observations as well as model outputs to understand aerosol- cloud- precipitation interactions as a part of the CalWater project. She is involved in the development of a module for the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model for the western US to include more realistic aerosol- cloud- precipitation interactions.

Undergraduate Students

Bas Schaap    
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Lab Technicians

Dolan Lucero    
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Joe Mayer