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

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

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. 

Dr. Camille Sultana
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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.

Graduate Students

Charlotte Beall
Gavin Cornwell
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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.
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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.

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 the CCN activity of marine aerosol and the hygroscopicity of secondary organic aerosol.

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Matthew Pendergraft

Mitchell Santander
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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.
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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 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.


Undergraduate Students

Kevin Axelrod

Jessica Buehl
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Kevin joined the lab in 2017. His current project focuses on enzymes in sea spray aerosol, including the surveying of coastal enzyme diversity, and photooxidative aging effects on the activity of enzymes in sea spray aerosol.
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Daniel Lee

Bas Schaap
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Lab Technicians

Dolan Lucero    
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Research Group Coordinator



 Monica Castrejón

 Joe Mayer