Kristie A Boering
Kristie A Boering
Atmospheric chemistry and climate on Earth and other planets.
EPS 24: Tu 11-12, Freshman Seminar, "An Ocean of Air"
EPS/Chem C182, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Lab, Tu 12:30-2 (lec)
Chem/EPS 298, Graduate Seminar, W 1:30-3:00
Office Hours, Spring 2016: Thursdays 2:15-3:45
We study through atmospheric observations, computer modeling, and laboratory experiments interesting couplings between atmospheric chemistry and climate and their implications for life on earth from billions of years ago to the near future. We currently have two main foci: Measurements from NASA U2 spyplanes and high altitude balloons, coupled with modeling and analysis, allow us to better quantify the sources and sinks of important direct or indirect greenhouse gases such as CO2, N2O, CH4, and H2 in today's atmosphere. Laboratory experiments simulating the atmospheres of early Earth and Mars allow us to probe whether or not hydrocarbon ("soot") hazes may have provided an additional greenhouse effect or an "antigreenhouse" effect and thereby affected the surface temperatures and the stability of liquid water in the first 2 billion years of these planets' histories.
The coupling of atmospheric chemistry and climate on Earth and other planets on time scales ranging from months to billions of years is studied through observations from aircraft and ground-based platforms, 2D and 3D computer simulations, and laboratory experiments. Of particular interest are studies of photochemical isotope effects on the molecular scale through crossed molecular beam laboratory experiments and up to the global scale through observations in Earth's stratosphere. This insight is extended to the early Earth and other planets through laboratory investigations of photochemical haze production and other atmospheric phenomena that could serve as significant regulators of climate and habitability.
For more details and information on my group, link to my research group webpages at http://boeringgroup.weebly.com/
1986-1991 Stanford University , Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry
"Experimental Investigations of Intermolecular Vibrational Energy Transfer: Collisional Excitation and Relaxation of Gas Phase Molecular Ions"
Advisor: John I. Brauman
1981-1985 University of California, San Diego, B.A. in Chemistry with a Specialization in Earth Science, magna cum laude
For a more detailed biography, please see my chemistry faculty profile at:
• The Lieselotte and David Templeton Professor of Chemistry Endowed Chair (2011-2016)
• Honorary Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen 2008-2013
• Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2005-2010
• David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering 2000-2005
• UC Berkeley Department of Chemistry Teaching Award for 2004
• Hellman Foundation Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research (UC Berkeley) 2000
• Science Scholar, Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Harvard University 1995-96
• U.S. Department of Energy Global Change Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship 1992-94
• National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship 1987-1990