Faculty and Staff

Vanessa Selimovic

Vanessa Selimovic


Office: CHCB 415/416
Email: vanessa.selimovic@umontana.edu
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University of Montana 
Ph.D. in Environmental/Analytical Chemistry

Concordia University 
B.A. in Chemistry, Minor in Biology


ALPACA: Alaskan Layered Pollution And Chemical Analysis Project 

FIREX-AQ: Fire Influence on Regional to Global Environments Experiment

WE-CAN: Western Wildfire Experiment for Cloud Chemistry, Absorption, and Nitrogen: 

Field of Study

  • Trace gas and aerosol measurements of western U.S. wildfires and impacts on air quality, climate and atmospheric chemistry:
    • fuel + ecosystem impacts on emissions and chemistry
    • source sampling near + downwind of fires for observational data + constraints in models 
    • investigation into the trade-offs of wildfires with prescribed burning 
  • Ambient smoke sampling 
    • optical properties of wildfire aerosol, including persistence + absorption of Brown Carbon 
    • impact on presence + abundance of criteria pollutants (ozone, NOx, PM2.5, etc.)
    • interannual variaibility of wildfire smoke pollution 
  • Biogenic emissions of volatile organic compounds in the arctic tundra:
    • measurement of understudied BVOCs and their fate using PTR-ToF-MS
    • temperature dependence of BVOC + climate change
    • contributions to formation and fate of ozone 




17. Roberts, J. M., Stockwell, C. E., Yokelson, R. J., de Gouw, J., Liu, Y., Selimovic, V., Koss, A. R., Sekimoto, K., Coggon, M. M., Yuan, B., Zarzana, K. J., Brown, S. S., Santin, C., Doerr, S. H., and Warneke, C.: The nitrogen budget of laboratory-simulated western U.S. wildfires during the FIREX 2016 FireLab study, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2020-66, in review, 2020.

16. Selimovic, V., Yokelson, R.J, McMeeking, G. M., and Coefield, S.: Aerosol mass and optical properties, smoke influence on O3, and high NO3 production rates in a western US city impacted by wildfires, J. Geophys. Res.: https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JD032791, 2020.

15. Chai, J., Miller, D. J., Scheuer, E., Dibb, J., Selimovic, V., Yokelson, R., Zarzana, K. J., Brown, S. S., Koss, A. R., Warneke, C., and Hastings, M.: Isotopic characterization of nitrogen oxides (NOx), nitrous acid (HONO), and nitrate (pNO3−) from laboratory biomass burning during FIREX, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 6303–6317, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-6303-2019, 2019.

14. Fleming, L. T., Lin, P., Roberts, J. M., Selimovic, V., Yokelson, R., Laskin, J., Laskin, A., and Nizkorodov, S. A.: Molecular composition and photochemical lifetimes of brown carbon chromophores in biomass burning organic aerosol, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2019-523, 2019.

13. Coggon, M. M., Lim, C. Y., Koss, A. R., Sekimoto, K., Yuan, B., Gilman, J. B., Hagan, D. H., Selimovic, V., Zarzana, K., Brown, S. S., Roberts, J. M., Müller, M., Yokelson, R., Wisthaler, A., Krechmer, J. E., Jimenez, J. L., Cappa, C., Kroll, J., de Gouw, J., and Warneke, C.: OH-chemistry of non-methane organic gases (NMOG) emitted from laboratory and ambient biomass burning smoke: evaluating the influence of furans and oxygenated aromatics on ozone and secondary NMOG formation, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2019-516, 2019.

12. Hatch, L. E., Jen, C. N., Kreisberg, N. M, Selimovic, V., Yokelson, R. J., Stamatis, C., York, R. A., Foster, D., Stephens, S. L., Goldstein, A. H., and Barsanti, K. C: Highly speciated measurements of terpenoids emitted from laboratory and mixed-conifer forest prescribed fires, Environ. Sci. Technol., 53(16), 9418--9428, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.9b02612, 2019.

11. Selimovic, V., Yokelson, R. J., McMeeking, G. R., and Coefield, S.: In situ measurements of trace gases, PM, and aerosol optical properties during the 2017 NW US wildfire smoke event, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 3905-3926, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-3905-2019, 2019.

10. Li, H., Lamb, K. D., Schwarz, J. P., Selimovic, V., Yokelson, R. J., McMeeking, G. R., and May, A. A: Inter-comparison of black carbon measurement methods for simulated open biomass burning emissions, Atmos. Environ., 206, 156-169, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.03.010, 2019.

9. Jen, C. N., Hatch, L. E., Selimovic, V., Yokelson, R. J., Weber, R., Fernandez, A. E., Kreisberg, N. M., Barsanti, K. C., and Goldstein, A. H.: Speciated and total emission factors of particulate organics from burning western US wildland fuels and their dependence on combustion efficiency, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 1013-1026, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-1013-2019, 2019.

8. Zarzana, K. J., Selimovic, V., Koss, A. R., Sekimoto, K., Coggon, M. M., Yuan, B., Dubé, W. P., Yokelson, R. J., Warneke, C., de Gouw, J. A., Roberts, J. M., and Brown, S. S.: Primary emissions of glyoxal and methylglyoxal from laboratory measurements of open biomass burning, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 15451-15470, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-15451-2018, 2018.

7. Sekimoto, K., Koss, A. R., Gilman, J. B., Selimovic, V., Coggon, M. M., Zarzana, K. J., Yuan, B., Lerner, B. M., Brown, S. S., Warneke, C., Yokelson, R. J., Roberts, J. M., and de Gouw, J.: High- and low-temperature pyrolysis profiles describe volatile organic compound emissions from western US wildfire fuels, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 9263-9281, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-9263-2018, 2018.

6. Stockwell, C. E., Kupc, A., Witkowski, B., Talukdar, R. K., Liu, Y., Selimovic, V., Zarzana, K. J., Sekimoto, K., Warneke, C., Washenfelder, R. A., Yokelson, R. J., Middlebrook, A. M., and Roberts, J. M.: Characterization of a catalyst-based conversion technique to measure total particulate nitrogen and organic carbon and comparison to a particle mass measurement instrument, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 2749-2768, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-2749-2018, 2018.

5. Koss, A. R., Sekimoto, K., Gilman, J. B., Selimovic, V., Coggon, M. M., Zarzana, K. J., Yuan, B., Lerner, B. M., Brown, S. S., Jimenez, J. L., Krechmer, J., Roberts, J. M., Warneke, C., Yokelson, R. J., and de Gouw, J.: Non-methane organic gas emissions from biomass burning: identification, quantification, and emission factors from PTR-ToF during the FIREX 2016 laboratory experiment, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 3299-3319, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-3299-2018, 2018.

4. Selimovic, V., Yokelson, R. J., Warneke, C., Roberts, J. M., de Gouw, J., Reardon, J., and Griffith, D. W. T.: Aerosol optical properties and trace gas emissions by PAX and OP-FTIR for laboratory-simulated western US wildfires during FIREX, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 2929-2948, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-2929-2018, 2018.

3. Manfred, K. M., Washenfelder, R. A., Wagner, N. L., Adler, G., Erdesz, F., Womack, C. C., Lamb, K. D., Schwarz, J. P., Franchin, A., Selimovic, V., Yokelson, R. J., and Murphy, D. M.: Investigating biomass burning aerosol morphology using a laser imaging nephelometer, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 1879-1894, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-1879-2018, 2018.

2. Liu, X., Huey, G. L., Yokelson, R. J., Selimovic, V., Simpson, I. J., Müller, M., Jimenez. J. L., Campuzano-Jost, P., Beyersdorf. A. J., Blake, D. R., Butterfield, Z., Choi, Y., Crounse, J. D., Day, D. A., Diskin, G. S., Dubey, M. K., Fortner, E., Hanisco, T. F., Hu, W., King, L. E., Kleinman, L., Meinardi, S., Mikoviny, T., Onasch, T. B., Palm, B. B., Peischl, J., Pollack, I. B., Ryerson, T. B., Sachse, G. W., Sedlacek, A. J., Shilling, J. E., Springston, S., St. Clair, J. M., Tanner, D. J, Peng, A. P., Wennberg, P. O., Wisthaler, A., and Wolfe, G. M.: Airborne measurements of western U.S wildfire emissions: Comparison with prescribed burning and air quality implications, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 6108-6129, doi:10.1002/2016JD026315, 2017.

1. Liu, J., Lin, P., Laskin, A., Laskin, J., Kathmann, S. M., Wise, M., Caylor, R., Imholt, F., Selimovic, V., and Shilling, J. E.: Optical properties and aging of light-absorbing secondary organic aerosol, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 12815-12827, doi:10.5194/acp-16-12815-2016, 2016.


  • NASA Group Achievement Award: 2020
  • Besancon Scholarship, University of Montana: 2019
  • Bertha Morton Scholarship, University of Montana: 2016 & 2019
  • Fred Shafizadeh Scholarship, University of Montana: 2016 & 2019
  • Pacific Power Scholarship, Concordia University: (2012/2013)

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant - General Chemistry, CHM141, 2015. 
Teaching Assistant - Instrumental Analysis, CHM421, 2016. 

Professional Experience

Conferences & Major Oral Presentations:

  • Air Quality Impacts of Wildfires and Prescribed Fires in the Western US,” Oral Presentation, Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Council, May 13, 2020.
  • Trace gases, aerosol mass and optical properties, influence on O3, and high NO3 production rates in a western US city impacted by wildfire smoke,” Oral Presentation, American Geosciences Union, San Francisco, CA, December 9th, 2020.
  • Wildfire Trace Gas and Aerosol Emissions: Lab and Field Measurements and Atmospheric Impacts”, Oral Presentation, Chemistry Departmental Seminar - Missoula, MT, April 9th 2018
  • Aerosol Optical Properties and Trace Gas Emissions by PAX and OP-FTIR for Laboratory Simulated Western US Wildfire Emissions”, Oral Presentation, American Geosciences Union, New Orleans, LA - December 13th, 2017
  • Aerosol Optical Properties and Trace Gas Emissions by PAX and OP-FTIR”, Oral Presentation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO - November 7th, 2017
  • FIREX”, Oral Presentation at Missoula Fire Lab to Coordinating Research Council, Missoula, MT - September 26th, 2017

Industry Experience

  • Brenntag Pacific: Analytical Lab Technician (April 2014 to October 2014)
  • IMR-KHA Labs: Associate Chemist (November 2014 to July 2015)


American Geophysical Union
American Chemical Society