Group Leader: Lu Hu (胡璐)

We aim to improve understanding of the chemical composition of the atmosphere, and how it is influenced by human activities and natural processes. We use a combination of field observations and atmospheric modeling to investigate the origins, chemistry, and transport of key air pollutants, and their implications for environment and climate. Current research projects focus on global tropospheric ozone budgets, land-atmosphere exchange of volatile organic compounds, and long-term changes of trace gases in the atmosphere.

We are hiring!

Ph.D. assistantships in atmospheric chemistry are available for Fall 2019. We are seeking two new graduate students to join several projects: (i) Biogenic volatile organic compounds the warming Arctic; (ii) Emission and chemistry of western US wildfires. These projects involve intensive field studies of trace organic gas concentrations/fluxes in the Toolik Field Station in Alaska and Mt. Bachelor Observatory in Oregon, or analyzing the 2018 WE-CAN aircraft data. Students will also have opportunities to learn state-of-the-art atmospheric chemical transport modeling to interpret field data. Applicants should have robust quantitative analysis and communication skills, be highly self-motivated and independent. Experience in chemistry/atmospheric science and data analysis with advanced programming languages would be an asset. Graduate students can join the group through the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, or Geosciences.

Undergraduate research opportunities are also available for participation in various projects in the group, involving scientific programming, advanced data analysis for mass spectrometry or modeling data, and fieldwork. Programming experience is a plus but not required. This could be learned on the job. With those projects, students could plan on attending the UM Conference on Undergraduate Research, apply for Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Awards (typically in April each year), or apply for the Montana Space Grant Apprenticeship Program (on a rolling deadline).