Group news



Wade's paper on VOC emissions from western US wildfires was just accepted! Amy and Vanessa were both invited to attend the 16th Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS XVI)! Keri graduated with summa cum laude and two B.s. degrees! Just wow! Congrats, everyone! It's an honor to work with you all!


Lu gave an invited talk on our recent WE-CAN wildfire study at the Frontiers in Atmospheric Chemistry Seminar Series.


Congratulations to Damien Ketcherside on receiving an Honorable Mention in the National Science Foundation's 2021 Graduate Research Fellowship Program! UM News Release:


Wade won the Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the AGU Fall Meeting 2020. Congrats, Wade!


Sree presented preliminary results of the TEMPO project at the AMS meeting. Catie successfully defended her master degree. Congrats, Catie!


Rest of 2020

The COVID pandemic has brought challenges for everyone. Well we don't want to just skip this year. The group gave 5 AGU Fall Meeting presentations. More importantly, we welcomed 3 amazing women scientists to the group this year! More exciting science to come:


Congrats to Keri and Wade, who won INBRE Travel Award grants to attend national conferences! Keri will be presenting at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Bozeman, MT this March, and Wade will be presenting at the 3rd International Smoke Symposium in Raleigh, NC this April.



NSF just funded our research to study the capability of a to-be-launched geostationary satellite, The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO), for monitoring VOC emissions from fire smoke! To learn more about TEMPO, here is the link.


Damien gives an oral presentation about the air toxins in Missoula at the 2019 NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference, Las Vegas, NV. This work is funded by the Montana INBRE.


NOAA just funded our research to study the long term trend of global tropospheric ozone! This project is in collaboration with the Mickley group at Harvard. We are looking to hire a postdoc for this exciting work; details are here.


Wade, Damien, and Ahsan participate in the field campaign at Mt. Bachelor Observatory, jointly with our awesome collaborators at U Washington (Jaffe and Thornton groups) and UC Davis (Zhang group). 


Catie leads the field deployment of our PTR-ToF-MS in the Arctic at Toolik Field Station in Alaska. We are there to study how the warming climate affects biogenic VOCs emitted from Arctic tundra, together with collaborators from the Helmig group of CU Boulder and the Millet group of U Minnesota. Looking forward to analyzing this unique dataset! Check out more field photos at our department Instagram and lab Twitter posts

Catie replacing sampling line filter at Toolik flux tower  Group photo at Toolik Field Station


Emi presents at the UM Conference on Undergraduate Research on her laboratory burning experiments of fire retardant.

Emi presents at UMCUR

Wade, Catie, and Ahsan give updates on wildfire smoke analyses and present at the WE-CAN Workshop 2019 in Boulder, CO.


Three members of the HU group present at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

Catie_AMS_presenting    Wade_presenting_AMS



We took 7 students from CHMY595 Atmospheric Chemistry class on a field trip to fly in the C-130 research aircraft and visit National Center for Atmospheric Research laboratories in Colorado. This educational flight and our research efforts on western wildfire smoke are reported by UM News. Other reports include the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and NBC Montana. More photos of the educational flight are posted on Google Photo here.

UM and Colorado State University students in the Aircraft Observations and Atmospheric Chemistry course pose in front of their flying laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art instruments to map the smoke over the western U.S. this past summer. (Photo courtesy of Ali Akherati)


Hu group is in Boise, ID this month, participating in the WE-CAN field campaign and chasing wildfire smoke in the whole western U.S. Looking forward to great science coming out of this awesome dataset!

Hu group members at WE-CAN 2018


Wade and Lu are back to the NCAR Research Aviation Facility in Broomfield, CO for PTR-TOF-MS installation to the NSF/NCAR C-130 research aircraft, in preparation for the WE-CAN field project. Four group members (Wade, Catie, Qian, and Lu) will be joining a large science team chasing wildfire plumes this summer in Boise, ID.

Instrument uploading 1    Instrument uploading 2


Wade receives the departmental Fred Shafizadeh Memorial Scholarship for excellence in wood (or smoke) chemistry. Congrats, Wade!

We receive UM UGP Seed Grant to bring our PTR-TOF-MS to Alaska to study biogenic VOCs in the Arctic.

Lu attends two workshops this month: NSF-ATC and NCAR Atmospheric Chemistry Workshop 2018 in Boulder, CO, and ALaskan Pollution and Chemical Analysis (ALPACA) in Fairbanks, AK.


We receive UM's 2018-2019 The Toelle-Bekken Family Memorial Fund for 'Bringing a flying laboratory into a classroom at UM: a creative curriculum for analytical/environmental chemistry'. This grant will partially support a field trip for students in CHMY 595 Atmospheric Chemistry to NCAR in Boulder, Colorado. CHMY 595 will be offered in this fall.

A joint postdoctoral position to investigate smoke plume chemistry is available immediately.


We are hosting several atmospheric chemistry and air quality seminars in the spring semester.



Wade and Lu present at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in New Orleans, LA. The photo below: Wade explains how atmospheric mixing height evolution affects wildfire smoke pollution in a city.

Wade presents at the AGU Fall Meeting 2017


Lu's paper on global tropospheric ozone is featured at the NASA Aura Science.

Observed and simulated tropospheric ozone for summer 2013


Wade and Lu complete a successful test flight. Our PTR-TOF-MS is getting ready for airborne VOC measurements next summer! Photos below: C130 aircraft about to take off, and instruments installed in C130 for the test flights.

NCAR C130 ready to take off    C130 inside during WE-CAN test flights


WE-CAN Test Flights: Where Discoveries Begin. Wade and Lu go to Broomfield CO for instrument installment and testing in the NCAR C130 aircraft. The photo below: Qian and Wade are loading the instrument into a U-Haul truck.

PTR-TOF-MS transporting with a truck with Qian and Wade packing


BVOC in Arctic project gets funded. We are going to Alaska in 2019!

Lu attends the Interdisciplinary Biomass Burning Initiative (IBBI) workshop, and Wade attends the NCAR ACCORD Fire Data Analysis workshop, both in Boulder, CO.


Our wildfire field campaign is in the UM news and reported by the ABC Fox Montana. Other related reports include CSU news, UWyo news, Wired magazine.


Wade receives the travel grant to attend the NCAR ACCORD fire workshop.

Lu presents at 8th International GEOS-Chem Meeting in Cambridge MA.


Lu gives an invited talk at the UMT Geosciences department.

WE-CAN field campaign gets funded. We are going to be in the airborne phase! 


Lu presents at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) meeting in Seattle, WA.

Shop officially opens!