Loretta J. Mickley
Senior Research Fellow
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University
29 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
phone: 617-496-5635
mickley at fas dot harvard dot edu
mickley at seas dot harvard dot edu

Loretta Mickley co-leads the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group at Harvard. Her research focuses on chemistry-climate interactions in the troposphere. She seeks to understand how short-lived gases and particles affect climate and how climate, in turn, influences atmospheric composition. Key topics:

  • Effects of climate change on smog episodes and wildfires.
  • Impacts of aerosol trends on regional climate.
  • Oxidation capacity of paleo atmospheres.
  • Current students and postdocs advised or co-advised by Dr. Mickley include Pattanun (Ploy) Achakulwisut, Tom Breider, Daniel Cusworth, Shannon Koplitz, Jonathan Moch, Lu Shen, and Lei Zhu. For past students and postdocs, go here.

    See also . . . Research . . . Publications . . . CV. . . Info for Students.

      In the News

    • September 2016: Shannon Koplitz's new paper on the health impacts from the massive 2015 haze event in Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula is out.

    • August 2016: Our new paper predicting increased frequency of "smokewaves" from wildfires in the western U.S. due to climate change gets press here, here, and elsewhere.

    • April 2016: Lu Shen devises a more robust method to predict ozone episodes in the future climate, and his paper receives media attention here, here, and here.

    • January 2015: Lei Zhu is in the news for his work using satellite data to infer large emissions of anthropogenic volatile organic compounds from the petrochemical industry near Houston, Texas.

    • May 2014: Eric Leibensperger's work on the U.S. warming hole receives renewed attention in the aftermath of the National Climate Assessment.

    • Summer 2013: Xu Yue's work on climate change, wildfires, and future air quality in the western United States is in the news.

    • May 2012: Our research on the US warming hole is featured as the Image of the Day on NASA's Earth Observatory website.

    • Winter 2012: Our study showing the impact of changing aerosols on regional climate in the eastern United States draws attention at the New York Times and NASA.

    • Spring 2010: We get press for a project investigating the impact of kudzu invasion in the Southeast US on soil NOx emissions and surface ozone.

    • December 2009: The EPA cites our work in the Technical Support Document for their landmark finding that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases threaten public health and welfare.

    • Summer 2009: Dominick Spracklen is in the news for our work on future wildfires and air quality.

    • Winter 2005: We get press for our research on the impact of climate change on stagnation frequency and smog.