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Vanessa Selimovic

Vanessa Selimovic

Graduate Research Assistant, PhD Candidate

Office: CHCB 415/416
Email: vanessa.selimovic@umontana.edu
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Concordia University Portland - 2011 to 2014, B.A. in Chemistry, Minor in Biology



NOAA: FIREX: Fire Influence on Regional to Global Environments Experiment: The Impact of Biomass Burning on Climate and Air Quality: An Intensive Study of Western North America Fires: https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/csd/projects/firex/

NSF: WE-CAN: Western Wildfire Experiment for Cloud Chemistry, Absorption, and Nitrogen: https://www.eol.ucar.edu/field_projects/we-can

Field of Study

Trace gas and aerosol measurements of western U.S wildfires and impacts including: air quality, climate, atmospheric chemistry, formation of brown carbon, night-time reactions of smoke, ambient smoke sampling 



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 U.S. wildland fuels and their dependence on combustion efficiency, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2018-840, in review, 2018.

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, in review, 2018.

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. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2018-1063, in review, 2018.

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, in review, 2018.


Pacific Power Scholarship, Concordia University (2012/2013)

Bertha Morton Scholarship, University of Montana (2016/2017)

Fred Shafizadeh Scholarship, University of Montana (2016/2017)

Specialized Skills

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectoscopy (FTIR), Photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAX), O3, NOx measurements, Whole-Air Sampling, Emission factor determination

Teaching Experience

T/A for General Chemistry (2015)

T/A for Instrumental Analysis (2016)

Professional Experience

Major Oral Presentations

“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--October 2014)

IMR-KHA Labs: Associate Chemist (November 2014 to July 2015)


American Geophysical Union 

American Chemical Society